Search Results: "Amanda Haley"


BOOK REVIEW

AMANDA by Kay Hooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A well-traveled path with nary an unpredictable turn. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A first hardcover for the popular Hooper provides all the requisite thrills, chills, and hot-blooded romance, but this southern-style mystery, love story, should-be-a-TV-movie-of-the- week somehow lacks soul. Read full book review >

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READING TO PEANUT by Leda Schubert
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Nicely captures the excitement of learning to read and write, complete with the feeling of accomplishment that ensues. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Learning to read can be an adventure, as this determined little girl and her pup demonstrate. Read full book review >

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THE ALL-AMERICAN JUMP AND JIVE JIG by M.P. Hueston
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Still, an energetic prompt to get young listeners up and moving—and, best possible outcome, inventing their own dances. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A chance to dance, all over the country. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN’T BUY A DINOSAUR WITH A DIME by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Not for beginning savers or spenders. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Ziefert offers a tale about saving, spending, and saving again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Point out the 'Let's Read and Find Out' series to children who want to probe a bit deeper. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Aiming to raise the consciousnesses of newly fledged readers about their sensoria, the prolific Ziefert presents a breezy tally of basic facts about smell, touch, taste, hearing, and sight. Read full book review >

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WILL PRINCESS ISABEL EVER SAY PLEASE? by Steve Metzger
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"If silliness is what was aimed for, it sort of succeeds—but, if so, it is not silly enough. (Picture book. 5-7)"
What can you say when even the jacket blurb calls it "a lighthearted lesson in humility"? Read full book review >

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SPARK THE FIREFIGHTER by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Haley's amusing watercolors lighten up what could be a scary subject, but it's probably not the best choice for children who particularly fear fire. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In the town of Hardscrabble, volunteer firefighters aren't easy to come by. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Among the other excellent books available on the topic, this one lacks bones—it doesn't quite stand up. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Ziefert provides a quick scan of the skeleton, organized along the old neck-bones-connected-to-the-shoulder-bone routine, with a lot of names of the bones, a few trivial asides—the topmost neck bone is called the Atlas, because it holds up the head—and not enough solid information. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BLOSSOM PROMISE by Amanda Haley
Released: Oct. 2, 1987

"With its deeper, darker undercurrent of impending real changes as the Blossoms grow older, this is the series' 'concluding' volume; but it would be easy to forgive Byars for breaking that promise."
In her fourth book about the Blossoms, Byars gives us the best sort of sequel: an independent story that tells what happened next to favorite characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALEX HALEY by Robert J.  Norrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An evenhanded assessment of 'a likable narcissist' who, the author maintains, changed Americans' perceptions of racial history."
The making of the author of "the two most important works in black culture in the twentieth century." Read full book review >

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MAIA AND THE MONSTER BABY by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"No monstrous creativity here, but fanciful fun as friends adapt to their new family roles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Maia and her lovable monster delight each night in spirited play until they lose their status as their parents' only offspring. Read full book review >