Search Results: "Abby Wolf"


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THE HENRY LOUIS GATES, JR. READER by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2012

"A meaty selection from Gates' large-bodied work."
Omnibus of writings on race discourse and genealogy over three decades by the eminent Harvard professor. 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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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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WHAT’S INSIDE YOUR TUMMY, MOMMY? by Abby Cocovini
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Parents may choose to skip the limp conclusion, which welcomes the new baby but admonishes the older child to 'Remember to be quiet when the baby is asleep.' (Picture book/nonfiction. 2-6)"
This welcome, oversized English import tracks the stages of fetal development month by month in actual size in a format inviting comparison with a mother's belly. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR EMPIRE! by Abby Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A change of pace from the typical blood-and-guts approach to the topic, populous enough to sate even the most rabid dinophiles. (glossary) (Graphic informational fantasy. 9-11)"
A quick trip through the Mesozoic Era with a paleontologist is all young Ronnie needs to become a dino-maniac. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD by Abby McDonald
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 9, 2013

"Readers familiar with the original will enjoy seeing McDonald's spin, and those who are not will get the benefit of the tried-and-true plot all the same. (Romance. 12 & up)"
This modernization of Sense and Sensibility follows the classic book's basic plot, with the action set mostly in today's Hollywood. Read full book review >

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THE ANTI-PROM by Abby McDonald
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Readers who found Sophomore Switch (2009) both fun and substantive will be disappointed with this effort, the literary equivalent of cotton candy: sweet and easy, but dissolves on contact. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Bliss, Jolene and Meg are each, for their own reasons, having an awful time at the prom. Read full book review >

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BUBBLES by Abby Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 18, 2017

"Though readers may root for 'Team Everybody' (and perhaps crave some pancakes), the heavy-handed lessons make this feel-good story a bit of a slog. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Cooper (Sticks and Stones, 2016) revisits quirky maladies and middle school friendships. Read full book review >

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LIFE BEFORE DEATH by Abby Frucht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 1997

"A unique and memorable work, marking a new level of artistry for the author."
Frucht (Are You Mine?, 1993, etc.) imbues a dreary premise (woman discovers lump in breast, is diagnosed with cancer, dies) with remarkable originality and insight, leaving the reader pondering the nature of life and death. Read full book review >

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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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MRS. MEYER THE BIRD by Wolf Erlbruch
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Splendid. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This book is very nearly a piece of art, both in the tender, offbeat story and in the illustrations. Mrs. Meyer is a worrier and not just about the small stuff. Read full book review >

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BENEATH THE STONE by Bernard Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Map; pronunciation guide; note about the Zapotecs. (Nonfiction. 5-9)"
In appealing, handsomely composed color photos and a brief but informatative text, a portrait of Leodegario Vicente Golan Ruiz (``Leo'') and his large family, whose tapetes (rugs or hangings) are ``famous throughout Mexico.'' At six, Leo is already a weaver of ``small tapetes in simple patterns.'' Wolf details his typical day (including school), tells how his family celebrates ``The Days of the Dead'' and other holidays, and depicts visits to the ancient capital of the Zapotecs (their ``impressive culture'' was one of several that were flourishing when the Spaniards arrived in A.D. 1519) and to a market (Leo's work sells quickly, but the low price two of his mother's tapetes bring is matter of concern to these hardworking people). Read full book review >