Search Results: "Abby Hanlon"


BOOK REVIEW

RALPH TELLS A STORY by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An engaging mix of gentle behavior modeling and inventive story ideas that may well provide just the push needed to get some budding young writers off and running. (Picture book. 6-8)"
With a little help from his audience, a young storyteller gets over a solid case of writer's block in this engaging debut. Read full book review >

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DORY FANTASMAGORY by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"Charming, funny and true to life. (Fiction. 6-9)"
With words, pictures and pictures with words, 6-year-old Dory, called Rascal, recounts how she finally gets her older brother and sister to play with her. Read full book review >

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DORY AND THE REAL TRUE FRIEND by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Old friends and new will hope this highly successful sequel will not be the last starring this inventive, original child. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Who will be 6-year-old Dory's friend at school if she doesn't take Mary the monster with her? Read full book review >

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DORY DORY BLACK SHEEP by Abby Hanlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Dory's fans will be entertained by this further adventure; an early illustrated spread will quickly draw new readers into Dory's fantasmagorical worlds. (Fiction. 6-8)"
First-grader Dory's imagination exceeds her reading ability, but after a black sheep follows her out of the pages of a book, she decides to work at this new skill. Read full book review >

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STICKS & STONES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2016

"Elyse's struggles toward self-confidence will resonate with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder (2012) and all readers learning how to be comfortable in their own skins. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Due to a rare condition called cognadjivisibilitis, anything people say about 11-year-old Elyse appears on her arms and legs—part temporary tattoo, part eczema. Read full book review >

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ALL THE WAYS THE WORLD CAN END by Abby Sher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 11, 2017

"The novel's pacing is occasionally uneven, but Lenny's grief feels palpable and honest. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Lenny's compulsive behaviors intensify as her father's cancer prognosis declines. Read full book review >

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Train Station Park by Abby Diamond
Released: March 3, 2016

"A good message about self-acceptance, backed by charming images."
In this illustrated book for young readers, an old train who feels useless is reminded that he can still make kids happy. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF FRED by Abby Bardi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"Artlessly written albeit painless to read. Newcomer Bardi seems to want to say something about a world informed by television, but the story itself is so dependent on television that the strategy founders."
A twist on the stranger-comes-to-town genre that's long on plot and short on art, with some extra points-of-view thrown in to ensure novel-length. Read full book review >

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POLLY'S GHOST by Abby Frucht
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A gentle foray into the infinite strength of love."
An odd, lyrical tale from Frucht (Life Before Death, 1997, etc.) of a mother's ghost and the lives she tends in her 30-odd years roaming the astral plans. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SEAT IN SECOND GRADE by Katharine Kenah
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"Carter's expressive watercolor illustrations help bring the kids in room 75 and their furry pet to life. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
In an unusual twist on the school field trip theme, a second-grade boy named Sam manages to take the class hamster along on a visit to the science museum. Read full book review >

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EMILY AT SCHOOL by Suzanne Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The mild stories, inadequately plotted and blandly resolved, don't command the attention of readers, and won't satisfy those making their first forays into novel-length books. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 6-8)"
Emily at School ($13.95; paper $3.95; Sept. 1996; 48 pp.; 0- 7868-0149-2; paper 0-7868-1133-1): In this entry in the Chapters series, Emily is starting second grade and facing some typical problems, each handled in one of three chapters: one about a disagreeable new boy, another about a bad mark on a paper instead of the star she expected, and the third, in which her friends don't go along with what she wants to play. Read full book review >

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NEVER BABYSIT THE HIPPOPOTAMUSES! by Doug Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

What if you were a small boy—say, a rather slender-looking eight-year-old—babysitting a couple of hippos who behaved like rambunctious children? Read full book review >