Books by Wim Coleman

Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Apt for newly independent readers or as a classroom read-aloud or even a school play. (Drama. 9-12)"
Sequoyah's invention of a written Cherokee language is retold as a short stage play. Read full book review >
ANNA’S WORLD by Wim Coleman
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

In 1845, 14-year-old Anna is placed with Shakers while her father regains his financial footing. Initially resentful of the restrictive ways of this industrious religious community, she comes to appreciate their kindness, isolationist attitude and pacifism. When her father finally sends for her, she finds he is manufacturing munitions for the Mexican War—upon which discovery Henry David Thoreau conveniently plays a walk-on role in Anna's recognition of the moral dilemma of wars. Thus are morality issues and historic details often added in a heavy-handed manner that detracts from the presentation. Because for most of the story Anna sees the Shakers from an outsider's simplified point of view, readers never get the opportunity to find out what may have motivated this vibrant, unusual group or Anna's eventual decision about her own future. Many characters remain flat and predictable. Curiously, the authors even chose to create fictional Shaker songs rather than to use well-documented real ones. However, because books about the Shaker community are rare, this may be a useful purchase in spite of its regrettably banal flavor. (Historical fiction. 12 & up) Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1990

A wacky postmodern chase through time, dreamspace, and parallel universes in search of a runaway psychiatric patient and the ultimate meaning of reality, by a husband-and-wife team of contributors to New Realities, Utne Reader, etc. "Jamais vu" translates as the sensation of never having experienced a moment before, and such a sensation is the fervent desire of psychiatrist Hector Glasco's patient Hilary. A beautiful, famous Hollywood actress, Hilary is cursed with the ability to know, an instant beforehand, everything that's going to happen in her vicinity. To cure the excruciating boredom her condition breeds, Glasco offers her a mysterious "metaphor pill" that was given to him by an illustrious colleague. Hilary pops the pill, babbles, "I have no words!" for several minutes, then promptly disappears. Thus begins a playful romp through all the theoretical realities of current scientific thought as Glasco—ever-dogged—searches through his own dreams and other abstract worlds for clues to his patient's whereabouts. Along the way, he bumps into such Alice-in-Wonderland-like conundrums as semiotics, the uncertainity principle, and particle physics, and composes The Jamais Vu Papers—in which he quotes and/or interviews such luminaries as Tom Robbins, Jamake Highwater, and Timothy Leafy. An annoying tendency to name-drop and a rather self-congratulatory style mar this computer-network-type creation—loosely based on a newsletter previously published by the authors—but its lively humor should appeal to amateur futurists or those who like their scientific theory spoon-fed. Read full book review >