Search Results: "Ali Sparkes"


BOOK REVIEW

ALI by Barry Denenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Ali makes a near-perfect subject for this eye-catching example of creative nonfiction. (timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
The story of sports icon Muhammad Ali is told through created documents that explore his controversial life and its impact. Read full book review >

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FROG FREAKOUT by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not much of a leap, plotwise, but it should hop off shelves where the series has spawned fans. (Fantasy. 7-9)"
Midway through this 14-volume British series, mad scientist Petty Potts follows her favorite experimental subjects, twins Josh and Danny Phillips, to summer camp with a new body-transforming concoction. Read full book review >

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SPIDER STAMPEDE by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"A buggy blast; readers will be happy with the clear signs that that the twins' career as experimental subjects is far from over. (line drawings, glossary) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
A spray of strange fluid gives 8-year-old twins Josh and Danny both six extra legs and a quick trip down the bathtub drain in this icky but informative series opener. Read full book review >

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FLY FRENZY by Ali Sparkes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Readers will suck up this quick and gooey adventure like the 'fly-spit smoothie' that it is. (line drawings) (Fantasy. 7-9)"
The plot thickens with complications, plus various sorts of goo and slime, in the second episode of this boys-as-bugs series. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Ferdie Pacheco
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"The engaging and slickly written text features photographs throughout, including many from Pacheco's personal collection."
A no-punches-pulled memoir of life as Muhammad Ali's personal physician during the former champ's ring career. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Thomas Conklin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 11-14)"
A new biography of the foremost boxer of our time emphasizes Ali's stubborn unwillingness to fit the low-profile ``Credit to His Race'' mold of his predecessors: his loud (and eminently quotable) self-promotion; his conversion to the Nation of Islam; and, especially, his refusal to be drafted, which cost him years of court battles, much of his career, and (temporarily) his title and boxing credentials. Read full book review >

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APPROACHING ALI by Davis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author's ambitions."
A journalist's obsession with his subject is renewed. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Walter Dean Myers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Despite its arresting visuals, it does not replace other such treatments as Jim Haskins's Champion, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (2002), or Tonya Bolden's The Champ, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2004). (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Muhammad Ali's life story is interwoven with significant historical events of the latter half of the 20th century—the American civil-rights movement, the war in Vietnam and the growth of the Nation of Islam—and Myers shows how he used his star status to make the case for the rights of African-Americans, conscientious objection and religious freedom as well as boosting his own athleticism. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"As hagiography goes, it doesn't come any more unabashed than this—or more effective. (Picture book/biography. 4-10)"
Biblical syntax and cadences lift The Greatest from sports legend to prophet in this remarkable homage. Read full book review >

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CLEVER ALI by Nancy Farmer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the text is lengthy for this format, it is replete with silly sound effects for a fun one-on-one read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ali has turned seven years old, and has taken the first step on the road to manhood: He's learning to be a royal pigeon-keeper like his father. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Thomas Hauser
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1991

"A walkover for Ali but a disappointment for those with even a passing interest in the sweet science's grittier realities. (Twenty-four pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A detailed, if hagiographic, account of Ali's public career and private life. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"An eye-catching if incomplete treatment of the legend. (Picture book/biography. 3-7)"
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali comes to life for young readers. Read full book review >