Books by Michelle Cook

UNCAGED by John Sandford
Released: July 22, 2014

"The author's name will gain this book attention, but far better books are available for genre fans. (Thriller. 15-18)"
Can a 16-year-old foster kid save her brother from an evil corporation? Can she even find him? Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 2009

Taking its inspiration from the saying that emerged during the 2008 presidential campaign—"Rosa sat so Martin could march. Martin marched so Barack could run. Barack ran so our children can soar!"—this book takes readers step by step through American history from freed slaves in the Civil War to the future, touching on Hattie McDaniel, Ruby Bridges, Thurgood Marshall and other African-American "Pioneers of Change" along the way. Each page turn is devoted to one Great, illustrated by one of 12 noted African-American illustrators (and Diane Dillon). The patterned text provides unity and continuity, while the varying artistic styles keep the visual energy high. As with any effort of this ilk, the pressure of a compressed production schedule can be seen in some oversimplified compositions and rushed lines, but at its best, it soars too. The Dillons' study of George Washington Carver is a miracle of botanical intensity; AG Ford's Jesse Owens sprints off the page. Thumbnail biographies of each figure appear at the end, along with brief statements from each illustrator. All in all, a lovely and suitably moving commemoration. (Picture book. 5 & up)Read full book review >