Search Results: "Ann Kirschner"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2013

"Tragedy, adventure, romance and scholarly investigation come together like pioneers to a boomtown, with something for Earp worshipers and casual readers alike."
From the dusty trails of the Old West emerges the story that Wyatt Earp's wife never wanted told: her own. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A cold-eyed look at one woman's incredible journey through hell and back."
Restrained, well-handled chronicle, told primarily through letters among family members, of the five years spent by the author's mother in Nazi labor camps. Read full book review >

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MR. PARTICULAR by Jason Kirschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A particularly appropriate tale just right for a choosy crowd. (Graphic picture book. 4-7)"
A young superhero holds his team back due to his many aversions. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1995

"A minor tale of the Cold War, but well told."
An unusual biography cum investigation of an academic caught up in a Cold War controversy. Read full book review >

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THE PAGEMASTER by David Kirschner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Entice readers with Anne Lindbergh's imaginative Travel Far, Pay No Fare (1992). (Fiction. 10-12)"
A phobic 10-year-old is trapped in a library of animated literary classics in this earnest, handsomely set out, but uninspired tale from Hanna-Barbera's CEO (creator of ``An American Tail'') and a staff writer. Read full book review >

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HOW TO DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT EVERY DAY by Ann Hodgman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 2011

"Rueful, funny and nostalgic, this will ring true to parents and grandparents and may be even more appealing to them than to a child readership—whose impression of the 1960s will be very different. (Memoir. 9-12)"
Hodgman looks back humorously at her 1960s childhood in the Rochester, N.Y., area, recalling incidents that pained her at the time or seem embarrassing in retrospect. Read full book review >

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FLYAWAY GIRL by Ann Grifalconi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, Grifalconi's imaginative approach makes for a striking, if not wholly effective, offering. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An artist with several fine books set in Africa to her credit (The Village of Round and Square Houses, 1986, Caldecott Honor) experiments with collages of photographic images (from the National Geographic and similar sources) of people, artifacts, etc., sometimes reversed or with their colors exaggerated, to create what she terms "magical realism." Read full book review >

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THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"This quirky tale of love and time travel demands that readers totally suspend disbelief to enjoy some of the more contrived plot elements. (Science fiction. 13-16)"
In a stark departure, Brashares, of Traveling Pants fame, returns with a lightning-paced sci-fi time-travel romp that, much like a cinematic blockbuster, offers intrigue, romance and a healthy dose of implausibility. Read full book review >

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WHATEVER by Ann Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"Darrah goes from too-bad to too-good way too fast to be believable or especially satisfying. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Darrah, angry that her mother's preoccupation with her younger brother's out-of-control epilepsy has caused her to miss an important audition, pulls the fire alarm in the hospital and then must face the consequences. Read full book review >

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GLINT by Ann Coburn
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A clever conceit, masterfully executed. (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Stories from two very different genres, rather slim and predictable on their own, interweave to create a satisfying read that is more than the sum of its parts. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"An ode to love and friendship to delight Brashares's legions of fans, who have spent a good deal of their young lives sharing the Pants along with the sisterhood. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the fourth, and apparently final, installment in the series, Lena, Carmen, Bridget and Tibby again go their separate ways, held together in friendship by their wise and magical Pants. Read full book review >