Search Results: "Ann Cummins"


BOOK REVIEW

YELLOWCAKE by Ann Cummins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2007

"Cummins (stories: Red Ant House, 2003) avoids distracting polemics, interweaving the personal and political with quiet authority."
The title refers to the noxious dust produced by a uranium mill in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, where this complex, unusually mature debut novel takes place. Read full book review >

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RED ANT HOUSE by Ann Cummins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2003

"Strong if uneven: the emerging voice of a new talent to watch."
Twelve despairing stories set in a sun-bleached—and bleached-out—Southwest. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 31, 2001

"Thoroughly researched and solidly written, the simplicity of the text and the inviting format should appeal to middle-grade as well as older readers. (notes, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 8-14)"
An entertaining and intelligent biography of a pioneering woman aviator. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"Apt tribute to family endurance in the face of grievous loss."
A wrenching tale of a notorious murder's long echoes for its survivors. Read full book review >

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THE OUTSIDE BOY by Jeanine Cummins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Uneven, but worth reading for its intimate look at a little-known community."
Pavees, or travelers, are a distinctive Irish sub-culture which Cummins celebrates in this uneven first novel, following her memoir A Rip in Heaven (2004). Read full book review >

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FRANCIS DRAKE by John Cummins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"A scholarly but basically laudatory picture, nicely timed for the fourth centenary of Drake's death next year."
A graphic account of the man who, among other swashbuckling exploits, was the first to sail around the world and was largely responsible for saving England from invasion by the Spanish Armada. Read full book review >

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A HUNGRY LION, OR A DWINDLING ASSORTMENT OF ANIMALS by Lucy Ruth Cummins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2016

"Silly and witty: serve to slightly older children who are ready for a good dose of subversively hearty laughter. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A hungry lion finds something to eat, with the help of several smaller animals. Read full book review >

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COUNTRY KID, CITY KID by Julie Cummins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"There's something here for both kinds of kids to think about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cummins (Tomboy of the Air, 2001, etc.) gives us her take on the comparison of country life to city life in this typical, but cheerful, rendering. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF A HEADMASTER by Paul F. Cummins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An inspiring memoir of a determined man committed to social change."
The triumphs of a progressive educator. Read full book review >

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THE INSIDE-OUTSIDE BOOK OF LIBRARIES by Julie Cummins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An adequate treatment of a surprisingly fascinating topic. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-10)"
Normally a soloist on the series, Munro (The Inside-Outside Book of Paris, 1992) has a collaborator for this entry that shows all kinds of libraries, from behemoths like the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library to collections on navy ships and in prisons, on bookmobiles and home bookshelves. Read full book review >

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WOMEN EXPLORERS by Julie Cummins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"Should attract aspiring adventurers. (author's note and list of additional female explorers; selected bibliography, websites) (Collective biography. 9-11)"
After showcasing risk-taking gals in Women Daredevils (2007), Cummins introduces 10 "dauntless" women born before 1900 whose little-known deeds "contribut[ed] to science, geography, history, and cultural understanding" at a time when "proper ladies simply did not go gallivanting around the world to explore new territories." Read full book review >

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WOMEN DAREDEVILS by Julie Cummins
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Kudos for bringing to light this hidden slice of female history. (introduction, chronology, sources) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
At a time when women were expected to be domestic angels, this spunky history tracks a handful of female risk-takers who dared to do what they loved despite the danger. Read full book review >