Search Results: "Adam F. Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

R IS FOR ROBOT by Adam F. Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2014

"Gadget-minded kids will get a kick out of guessing what sounds come next. (Alphabet book. 5-9)"
The key to this alphabet book is the word "noisy" in the subtitle. Read full book review >

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RAYBOT by Adam F. Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"A bland take on a heavily used plot that nevertheless has some potential as a high-volume storytime choice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A junkyard robot ventures out into the wide world in search of a friend. Read full book review >

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RAYBOT AND WEEBOT by Adam F. Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"A cozy cybernetic variation on a popular theme. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Mechanical Raybot enjoys a peaceful, orderly life in the junkyard—until the arrival of diminutive Weebot, who hardly ever powers down. Read full book review >

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LITERALLY DISTURBED by Ben H. Winters
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"That said, the quality of the poetry is quite worthy of sharing around a campfire or at a slumber party; in the classroom, use it to demonstrate the wide range of forms creative verse can take. (Poetry. 7-12)"
Novelist Winters (The Mystery of the Missing Everything, 2011) applies his pen to create 30 rhyming, slightly shivery poems. Read full book review >

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IF YOU LOVE SOMETHING, LET IT GO
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Cover Story: Night and Day
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Past and Present
Anti-Bonus Factor: Mental Illness
Relationship Status: Let’s Be Friends

Cover Story: Night and Day

One boy walks in the night. The other, in the day. Never the twain shall meet.

The ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

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GLADIATOR by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The black-and-white drawings capture the elegance of the Roman Colosseum, and the excitement of the sea battles that were held at terrific expense; the renderings of the gladiators are consistently dramatic. (map, bibliography, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The heroic and bloody story of the Roman gladiators is retold in Watkins's debut work, a comprehensive and vividly illustrated guide that will impart his obvious passion for the subject to budding historians. Read full book review >

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TAKING THINGS SLOW WITH ADAM RAPP
by Julie Danielson

Adam Rapp is no stranger to the arts. He is a novelist, playwright, film director, screenwriter, and musician. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist (2005’s play, Red Light Winter), and his young adult novel Punkzilla was awarded a 2010 Printz Honor. Kirkus reviewers over the years have noted his talents in “pushing the boundaries of fiction for teens,”as well ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WHAT COMES AFTER by Steve Watkins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, this story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the resilience of the human spirit. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Abandoned first by her abusive mother and then by her father when he dies, 16-year-old Iris Wight is no stranger to loss. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"A superb telling of one of modern US history's most painful chapters."
Timing this retrospective meditation for the 70th anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash, critically acclaimed historian Watkins (Montana State Univ.; The Great Depression, 1993, etc.) takes a long, painstaking look at the 20th century's transformative economic event. Read full book review >

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STAND BEFORE YOUR GOD by Paul Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A graceful and ultimately sad account that tends to keep to the surface but, even so, makes us question assumptions about education, tradition, and the elite."
An unsentimental memoir of being an American in English boarding schools—the first nonfiction from the author of The Promise of Light (1993), etc. Watkins registers his shock as a small boy upon being left by his father at the Dragon School near Oxford. Read full book review >