Search Results: "Andrew Oakland"


BOOK REVIEW

EMPTY STREETS by Michal Ajvaz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2016

"A lot of patience is necessary to make sense of this winding narrative, but it's an eventful road."
Ajvaz (Golden Age, 2010, etc.) braids together various histories, stories, motivations, and losses while an unnamed narrator weaves through the streets of Prague.Read full book review >

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A BOY, A BIRD, A BOMB, A BOAT
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Could Be Better
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 0
Talky Talk: Carry These Stories
Bonus Factors:
 Culture Shock, Summer Camp, Weird Science
Relationship Status: Taking the Leap

 

Cover Story: Could Be Better

This cover isn't bad, but I've just been spoiled ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BRIMSBY'S HATS by Andrew Prahin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Sophisticated storytelling, both through words and images, beautifully describes the significance of friendship and what it feels like to miss, keep, love and make a friend. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Brimsby, a hat maker, dearly misses his badger friend, who sailed away to become a sea captain. Read full book review >

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CREATURE COLORS by Andrew Zuckerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"For little animal lovers everywhere. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
This simple title features two toddler favorites: colors and animals. Read full book review >

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BORIS ON THE MOVE by Andrew Joyner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"The brief text and a chapter format both make this a manageable and entertaining accomplishment for most young readers as well as an amusing listening experience for those not quite able to tackle it alone. (Early reader. 4-7)"
An early reader shaped just like a chapter book: What's not to love? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2000

"An author's note includes extensive information on the sources and research for the story; a bibliography and map of key sites are also included. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Today's kids might not know the name of Daniel Boone (or what a coonskin cap is), but this original tall tale explains why Boone wore that distinctive hat as a boy, and why he stopped wearing it, too. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An inventive take-off on the boyhood lives of Willy and Orv, as they called each other, two curious and imaginative boys who became famous for launching aviation history. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
With his typically breezy illustrations, Glass puts a different spin on the story of the Wright brothers, recreating a childhood incident in the spirit of a folk tale. Read full book review >

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CHARLES T. McBIDDLE by Andrew  Glass
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"In words and pictures, Glass effectively parlays an archetypal rite of passage into an even more universal message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A classic childhood monster comes out of the bedroom closet (where it frequently lurks in children's books) and climbs onto Charles Tarzan McBiddle's bike. Read full book review >

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MAKING UP HISTORY (BUT MAKING IT FEEL REAL)
by Claiborne Smith

When debut authors talk about their struggles to get published, their stories usually boil down to a dramatic tale of numbers, despite the literary context: X number of writing workshops they attended, X number of years spent working on the debut, X number of rejections from agents or publishers. Andrew Hilleman, whose electric, compelling debut novel, World, Chase Me Down ...


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TIME IS AN ILLUSION
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Cover Story: Equine-tastic
BFF Charm: Heck Yes! (And Bonus LOVE)
Swoonworthy Scale:
 5
Talky Talk: Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
Bonus Factors:
 Fake Book, Blended Family, Road Trip
Relationship Status: Infinite Miles

 

Cover Story: Equine-tastic

Good news, everyone: I've finally solved the mystery of the terrible YA ...


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