Books by Shelley Tanaka

NOBODY KNOWS by Shelley Tanaka
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A tale without a tidy end, all the more tragic for being told in such a simple, low-key way. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The spare, heartbreaking tale of four children struggling to make do after their mother abandons them in a Tokyo apartment. Read full book review >
HOUND AND HARE by Rotraut Susanne Berner
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"The happily-ever-after ending delivers a satisfying resolution to a story about tolerance that successfully uses humor and engaging artwork to avoid didacticism—a winner. (Early reader. 6-8)"
With In the Town All Year Round (2008), German author/illustrator Berner presented a Richard Scarry–like vision of town life, though populated by people rather than animals. Read full book review >
BROKEN MEMORY by Élisabeth Combres
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Still, readers interested in the topic or engaged in a class setting will find this brief work approachable and evocative, and the dearth of materials on the Rwandan genocide for this age makes it stand out. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Emma is a Tutsi orphan living with the Hutu woman who took her in, at risk of death, during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Read full book review >
DEFINITELY NOT FOR LITTLE ONES by Rotraut Susanne Berner
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Graphic in more ways than one, these eight sketchy cartoon renditions include a view of Rapunzel and her prince in bed, a wicked princess running home bare and spotted from the gory vengeance of "Hans the Hedgehog," a stepmother and her daughter sitting around a table smoking and drinking while the stepdaughter toils in "Mother Holle" and like modernist touches. Read full book review >
AMELIA EARHART by Shelley Tanaka
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Earhart's comment that "I want to do it because I want to do it" will resonate strongly with both girls and boys who claim adventure as their own. (references, source notes, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
Tanaka desensationalizes a spectacularly fascinating life with clear, understated prose. Read full book review >
MUMMIES by Shelley Tanaka
HEALTH
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Well-endowed with close-up photos and fresh insights, this makes an unusually gripping (so to speak) study of the ever-popular topic. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Tanaka takes readers on a riveting tour of the mummified world, from Europe's prehistoric Iceman and a 7000-year-old South American child that is the world's oldest artificially created mummy, to glimpses of Lenin, Chairman Mao and a touring collection of icky modern examples created through a process called "plastination." Read full book review >
A DAY THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Shelley Tanaka
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The slight bibliography includes Jim Murphy's Inside the Alamo (p. 393), a better choice for a slightly older audience. (epilogue, glossary, index, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The battle at the Alamo in 1836 fueled events leading to statehood for Texas in 1845, and by the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, Mexico had lost half of its vast empire. Read full book review >
NEW DINOS by Shelley Tanaka
DINOSAURS
Released: June 1, 2003

"Concluding with an annotated map, plus lists of books and Web sites, this will rivet young readers while bringing them up to speed on the latest news from the paleontological front. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
"Like giant gaffing hooks, these claws could spear a fish the size of a grown man. Once Suchomimus had shoveled the prey into its mouth, its one hundred hooked teeth would clamp down like huge pinking shears." Read full book review >
ON BOARD THE TITANIC by Shelley Tanaka
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The book will more than satisfy those for whom this voyage is an apparently unlimited source of fascination. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
 In this work subtitled ``What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank,'' the powerful, detailed, and realistic paintings by Marschall will enthrall readers and draw them into the mystery of the famous ocean liner's fate. Read full book review >
BURIED IN ICE by Owen Beattie
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Time Quest'' series: a fresh, vividly illustrated look at modern methods of archeological research. (Fiction/Nonfiction. 11-14)"
 In 1845, famed explorer Sir John Franklin set out with two ships in search of the elusive Northwest Passage; the expedition vanished, leaving only a few artifacts and several lonely graves for subsequent searchers to find. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1991

"Glossary; chronology; further reading. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
 An installment in the ``Time Quest'' series alternates scientific assessment and valid speculation about the recently discovered skeletons at Herculaneum with a fictional reconstruction of Vesuvius's eruption. Read full book review >