The enormous popularity of dance and music videos and TV dance competitions should provide a ready and eager audience of...




From the Learn to Speak… series

From ballet to breakdancing and from backyard to Broadway, a guide to all aspects of practice, production and performance.

In this companion title to Learn to Speak Music (2009), the author, a Canadian dance teacher, offers upbeat and wide-ranging advice on why humans dance, how to use different parts of the body to step and spin and jump and how to translate a love of dance into everything from a small amateur performance to a serious career. An inviting format features brief quotations from dancers and captioned paragraphs that provide small nuggets of information. Aspiring choreographers, musicians, stage managers and set designers will find start-up pointers. If you suffer from backstage butterflies or don’t know how to take a bow, Williams provides guidance. Want to gather an audience? Read about publicity techniques using posters and online resources. Want to produce a dance video and need funding? Find out about using camera angles and exploring community resources. A double-page spread takes readers behind and in front of theater curtains in a layout that anyone interested in the arts will find informative. Kulak’s cartoon illustrations are a light-hearted accompaniment.

The enormous popularity of dance and music videos and TV dance competitions should provide a ready and eager audience of children and teens who love to move. (index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-926818-88-7

Page Count: 96

Publisher: Owlkids Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 3, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2011

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During the Great Depression, women's ice-hockey teams across Canada fought an uphill battle to scrape together enough money...


In the 1930s, the Canadian female ice-hockey team called the Rivulettes dominated the ice.

During the Great Depression, women's ice-hockey teams across Canada fought an uphill battle to scrape together enough money to play. From 1931-1940, the Preston Rivulettes, led by Hilda Ranscome, overwhelmed all other teams, capturing the national title in the four years that they could afford to travel far enough to compete for it. With the pressure of the war, and because they were no longer capturing fan enthusiasm since they always won, the Rivulettes disbanded in 1942. After the war, the culture had changed, and women’s ice hockey nearly disappeared until a recent rebirth. This effort describes in detail many of the key games the team played over that decade and the way that their remarkable record has been largely ignored by the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Though the book effectively captures the scrappy nature of the games (with numerous penalties in each for high sticking and fighting), disappointingly, it lacks any significant biographical information on team members. Only a couple are very briefly sketched. Readers will wonder what made this team so great; more information about the players might have provided key insights.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-55277-721-3

Page Count: 136

Publisher: James Lorimer

Review Posted Online: July 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2011

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A killer thriller.


Black takes time out from chronicling the neighborhood-themed exploits of half-French detective Aimée Leduc to introduce a heroine as American as apple pie.

Kate Rees never expected to see Paris again, especially not under these circumstances. Born and bred in rural Oregon, she earned a scholarship to the Sorbonne, where she met Dafydd, a handsome Welshman who stole her heart. The start of World War II finds the couple stationed in the Orkney Islands, where Kate impresses Alfred Stepney of the War Department with the rifle skills she developed helping her dad and five brothers protect the family’s cattle. After unimaginable tragedy strikes, Stepney recruits Kate for a mission that will allow her to channel her newly ignited rage against the Germans who’ve just invaded France. She’s parachuted into the countryside, where her fluent French should help her blend in. Landing in a field, she hops a milk train to Paris, where she plans to shoot Adolf Hitler as he stands on the steps of Sacre-Coeur. Instead, she kills his admiral and has to flee through the streets of Paris, struggling to hook up with the rescuers who are supposed to extract her. Meanwhile, Gunter Hoffman, a career policeman in a wartime assignment with the Reichssicherheitsdienst security forces, is charged with finding the assassin who dared attempt to kill the Führer. It’s hard to see how it can end well for both the cop and the cowgirl. The heroine’s flight is too episodic to capitalize on Black’s skill at character development, but she’s great at raising readers’ blood pressure.

A killer thriller.

Pub Date: April 7, 2020


Page Count: 360

Publisher: Soho Crime

Review Posted Online: May 4, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15, 2020

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This in-depth guide offers plenty to learn and do for adventurers of all skill and experience levels.



Outdoor-adventure activities combine wisdom and fun in this practical guide to the wild.

Knowledge about the natural world and its resources used to be passed down from one generation to the next, as it was required for survival. Although modern society no longer requires familiarity with wild edibles, forecasting weather from clouds, and making a friction fire, these skills remain useful, say the authors of this handy guide. A thoughtful introduction acknowledges the Native American origins of many of the skills introduced in the book. Part 1, “Secrets of the Woods,” includes tapping a maple tree and navigating by the stars. Part 2 covers camping skills from tying knots to brushing your teeth with a stick. Part 3 offers instructions for making such useful items as a willow basket, a log raft, or a birch-bark knife sheath (there is a discussion of knife handling and safety). Part 4 shows readers how to make fun things from nature, like a whistle from a stick or a kite from turkey feathers (“ask a turkey hunter or look on eBay or Etsy”). The instructions are remarkably clear, and black-and-white illustrations add visual interest, levity, and clarity when needed. Fascinating enough to read cover to cover without setting foot outside, it will also be a reliable companion on camping and hiking trips to augment hours of outdoor exploring.

This in-depth guide offers plenty to learn and do for adventurers of all skill and experience levels. (Nonfiction. 11-17)

Pub Date: April 16, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-61180-594-9

Page Count: 208

Publisher: Roost Books/Shambhala

Review Posted Online: March 3, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2019

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