Search Results: "Alan Madison"


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VELMA GRATCH & THE WAY COOL BUTTERFLY by Alan Madison
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"Hawkes deftly replicates the wingspan of a monarch butterfly in Velma's thick ponytails, giving the general impression of a girl emerging from her old self into her new. (Picture book. 5-8)"
First-time first-grader Velma Gratch finds that extricating herself from the grandiose shadows of her older sisters is a daunting task. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLEST GRAPE STOMPER by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Kids will enjoy both Sixto's triumph and the overall goofiness of this small tall tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fey piece of whimsy takes a lighthearted look at child labor. Read full book review >

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PECORINO PLAYS BALL by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Read this aloud, and set children, athletically gifted or otherwise, to laughing. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Having attended his First Concert (2005), young Pecorino Sasquatch now moves on to Little League, where, drowning in an outsized jersey and with the threats of massive Coach Credenza ringing in his ears, he struggles to at least look like he has a clue about how to play. Read full book review >

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100 DAYS AND 99 NIGHTS by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Although the humor is occasionally off-the-mark and the narrative as a whole is sometimes heavy handed, Madison provides a serviceable and much-needed vehicle for discussing military life and the psychological effects of war on families, particularly children, in modern-day America. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Second-grade army brat Esmerelda Swishback McCarther knows all about duty. Read full book review >

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PECORINO’S FIRST CONCERT by Alan Madison
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"Cantone's scritchy collage illustrations, accented with bits of cotton and small photographs, perfectly fun-mirror the eccentric, googly-eyed, huge-nosed, projectile-breasted characters that inhabit Pecorino's silly, silly world. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sure, Pecorino Sasquatch is silly. Read full book review >

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NASHVILLE 1864 by Madison Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1997

"A flawed but intermittently powerful work."
A somber, spare portrait of the Confederacy's twilight, as witnessed by a 12-year-old. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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SEPTEMBER GIRLS by Bennett Madison
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 21, 2013

"A not-mermaid story for boys. (Magical realism. 14 & up)"
A meditation on manhood takes a turn into magical realism in this mesmerizing novel. Read full book review >

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THE WAR CAME HOME WITH HIM by Catherine Madison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A heartfelt account of a family fractured by war and its awful aftereffects."
In her first book, former Utne Reader editor in chief Madison comes to terms with her father, a scarred veteran who waited until the day before he died at 78 to tell her he loved her. Read full book review >

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THE BLONDE OF THE JOKE by Bennett Madison
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"What results is a ridiculous, riotous, tongue-in-cheek mad dash through the mall where everything is not as it seems and where the cheap jokes and the bounty grow like apples on trees. (Fiction. YA)"
The reinvention of good-girl Valentina Martinez comes in the guise of a hootchie makeover and shoplifting, all thanks to her naughty new best friend Francie Knight, who walks into class the first day of school wearing nothing but an aqua tube top and gold hot pants. Read full book review >

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