Search Results: "Ann Downer"


BOOK REVIEW

SMART AND SPINELESS by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Science facts more surprising than science fiction for teen readers. (endnotes, glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
The lack of a spine, or even a brain, doesn't keep invertebrates from learning, remembering, and solving problems. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMAL MATING GAME by Ann Downer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A unique and well-organized survey of reproductive behaviors that belongs in every middle and upper school library but will probably not last long on the shelf. (notes, glossary, selected bibliography, index, acknowledgements) (Nonfiction. 12-18)"
"Without animal sex there would be no animal life." Read full book review >

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THE BOOKS OF THE KEEPERS by Ann Downer
FANTASY
Released: April 30, 1993

"There's not the dominant major plot found in the earlier books; but that hardly lessens the pleasure of exploring a world where the suspension of disbelief comes so easily. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the third in a series (The Spellkey, 1987, etc.), the author interweaves four main stories and many minor ones in an intricate braid of elves, humans, and their offspring the goblins, all linked by love and magic. Read full book review >

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HATCHING MAGIC by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"However, the pace quickens near the end, and several delightful closing details produce a satisfying finish. (Fiction. 8-11)"
An earnest 13th-century wizard follows his pet dragon through a time/space bolt-hole into contemporary Boston in this lightweight, pleasant fantasy. Read full book review >

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MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

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ANN TENNA by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Zany with a touch of uplifting. You will be measurably hipper after reading it."
A high-spirited graphic novel skewers the Twitterati. Read full book review >

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SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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SHARK BABY by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2013

"Highlights a side to sharks not often found in picture books, but readers can find better, notably Surprising Sharks, by Nicola Davies and illustrated by James Croft (2003). (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
This tale of an anthropomorphic baby shark trying to find out who he is has shades of both "The Ugly Duckling" and Are You my Mother?Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON OF NEVER-WAS by Ann Downer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Harmless, but not especially gripping. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Downer should have left her likable 12-year-old protagonist alone rather than dragging her through this mediocre sequel. Read full book review >

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KEISHA ANN CAN! by Daniel Kirk
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"One caveat: Readers of a certain generation may find themselves reading aloud to the rhythm of the 'Candy Man' song. (Picture book. 4-7)"
With jaunty rhymes and a spunky heroine brimming with a go-to attitude, Kirk's sprightly tale encourages readers to let their inner star shine. Read full book review >

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MARY ANN IN AUTUMN by Armistead Maupin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"Agreeable entertainment until the ridiculous denouement."
Maupin continues his popular Tales of the City saga (Michael Tolliver Lives, 2007, etc.) with the return to San Francisco of Mary Ann Singleton after 20 years in the cushy Connecticut suburbs. Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING FOR EMILY ANN by Teresa Johnston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"While there are few books that even mention kids' complaints about the November holiday, the majority of Thanksgiving-themed books address gratitude much more meaningfully (and realistically). (Picture book. 3-5)"
A kid's perspective on Thanksgiving Day points out all the inconveniences of the holiday. Read full book review >