Search Results: "Allan Woodrow"


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CLASS DISMISSED by Allan Woodrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Aimed equally at boys and girls, this engaging comedy offers some life lessons with a giggle. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When a fed-up teacher unexpectedly resigns, her unruly fifth-grade class decides not to tell anyone. Read full book review >

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UNSCHOOLED by Allan Woodrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"An amusing road map to bad behavior but also a fairly subtle reminder of the culpability of mere bystanders to nastiness. (Fiction. 9-12)"
BFFs George Martinez and Lilly Bloch get themselves into a difficult position when they become the captains for opposing fifth-grade teams during their school's spirit week. Read full book review >

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LAND OF THE FREE by Woodrow Landfair
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"An uneven road-trip tale that attempts to take readers straight to the heart of America."
In this debut novel, a lost man finds that the best way to get to the facts is through fiction. Read full book review >

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TIN LIZZIE by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2008

"This frank appraisal of the auto's appeal, and its ultimate cost, will definitely set children to thinking. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Bolstered by teeming galleries of cars old and new, Drummond both pays tribute to Henry Ford's Model T (a century old this year) and issues a challenge to readers. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN by Nicholas Allan
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"When a stray puppy comes to live with the girl, she tries to give it a little heaven on earth, but readers may already have gone on to the more congenial version of paradise found in Cynthia Rylant's Dog Heaven (1995). (Picture book. 4-6)"
Most books about the death of a pet are solemn and carefully worded, but Allan (Jesus' Christmas Party, 1992, etc.) treats the subject in a decidedly different manner. Read full book review >

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JESUS' CHRISTMAS PARTY by Nicholas Allan
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Charming. (Picture book. 3+)"
``There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good night's sleep,'' begins this amusing account of the Blessed Event from his point of view. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVE ROBBER'S APPRENTICE by Allan Stratton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"It's fun all the way as wit, daring and theatrical skills restore the archduchy. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Stratton shows impressive versatility in a shift away from his intense teen fare—Chanda's Secrets (2004), Borderline (2010)—to a playfully dramatic adventure with swashbuckling kids, mountain hermits, avalanche sledding and circus bears. Read full book review >

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BORDERLINE by Allan Stratton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2010

"But only the kid-as-hero motif rings fictional—the curtailing of civil rights, the explicit targeting of young Muslim men and the manic, dangerously unchecked power of U.S. and Canadian anti-terrorism forces are deathly realistic dangers in this vitally educational page-turner. (Fiction. YA)"
As in Chanda's Secrets (2004) and Chanda's Wars (2008), Stratton explodes with political relevance, this time exploring dangers that are more familiar to American readers—or should be. Read full book review >

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WHITE PEOPLE by Allan Gurganus
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Gurganus here follows up his phenomenally successful debut—Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All—with a collection of 11 stories written over the last 20 years. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BROTHER by Allan Baillie
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

Driven by a slim promise of safety plus the hope of finding his older brother Mang, 11-year-old orphan Muong Vithy makes his way across hundreds of miles of war-torn Cambodia to the Thai border, relying on his wits and the kindness of strangers to stay alive, evading the dreaded Khmer Rouge, and finding at last a chance for a new life in a distant country. Read full book review >

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ANTIQUES KNOCK-OFF by Barbara Allan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"The fifth helping of Trash 'n' Treasures (Antiques Bizarre, 2010, etc.) is an often amusing tale complete with lots of antiques-buying tips and an ending that may surprise you."
Serenity, a Midwestern town on the banks of the Mississippi, is sunk in the doldrums of a blazing-hot summer until yet another murder disturbs the peace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2003

"A worthwhile survey for students of Jewish history."
A fluent recounting of eight centuries in the life of a people "blessed with a special burden." Read full book review >