Search Results: "Angela Johnson"


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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A wonderfully crafted and deeply satisfying novel, full of detail that provides texture and meaning. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Scotty's world is turned upside down when an accident leaves her brother severely injured, an acquaintance dead and Scotty feeling responsible. Read full book review >

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SWEET, HEREAFTER by Angela Johnson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

Sweet never really fit in at home or at school, but she has satisfying friends and connections. Read full book review >

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A SWEET SMELL OF ROSES by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Powerful and moving. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Two children take part in a freedom march in the days of the civil-rights struggle in the south. Read full book review >

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GONE FROM HOME by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Ranging from anecdotes to novels-in-miniature, they are all written with an economy of expression that will appeal to less-practiced readers while still precisely—brilliantly—conveying complex situations and responses. (Short stories. 11-15)"
With her usual sensitivity to adolescent emotional landscapes fully evident in these 12 (11 new) short stories, Johnson (Humming Whispers, 1995, etc.) explores the notion of giving or receiving help in time of need. Read full book review >

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HEAVEN by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

After spending most of her life in bucolic Heaven, Ohio, a teenager finds her certainties come tumbling down. Read full book review >

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TONING THE SWEEP by Angela Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1993

"Place this brave and wonderful piece of storytelling with the best of YA fiction. (Fiction. 12+)"
Johnson's spare, beautifully written first novel—a thematic extension of Tell Me a Story, Mama (1989)—portrays a crucial turning point for African-American women from three generations. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"The richness of this book's words and images will inspire readers to learn more about this holiday that never should have been necessary…but was. (Web resources, glossary) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Johnson tells a tale of Juneteenth in Texas through the eyes of a child, while Lewis' earth-toned watercolor illustrations capture the quotidian aspects of the way of life emancipation ended. Read full book review >

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DADDY CALLS ME MAN by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This may be a book to pair with Peter Catalanotto's The Painter (1995), for two glimpses of the lives of artists. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This story from Johnson (The Rolling Store, p. 300, etc.) consists of four short verses (``Big Shoes,'' ``Spin,'' ``Noah's Moon,'' and ``Baby Sister'') about the happy home life of a young African-American boy. Read full book review >

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LOTTIE PARIS AND THE BEST PLACE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Bound to be a favorite for storytimes, classroom sharing and pre-library visits. After all, libraries are the best place. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Librarians get out your order pads; this picture-book homage to libraries is a charmer. Read full book review >

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LOTTIE PARIS LIVES HERE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"The final spread shows the small family's love: Lottie in Papa Pete's lap on the porch swing, eyes closed, smiling, cuddling her little dog on her lap. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Sure, she lives here, but she also plays, pretends and occasionally gets in trouble in this lively story about a young African-American girl and her Papa Pete. Read full book review >

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THE WEDDING by Angela Johnson
Released: March 1, 1999

An older sister's wedding makes a girl feel lonely at first, but she is ultimately caught up in the bonds created by this big family gathering. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Illustrated with family snapshots, this bittersweet volume will catch the heart of any reader who believes that growing up means leaving home behind. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Johnson (Gone From Home, p. 1036, etc.) offers a collection of poems that comprise a single, intricate story of the town of Shorter, Alabama, a place she "loved and hated." Read full book review >