Search Results: "Anna Myers"


BOOK REVIEW

TUMBLEWEED BABY by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An adoption story, a feral child story, a foundling story, a child-of-difference story—perhaps any and all of these; certainly wise and full of delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A family gets a new addition in a tall-tale sort of way. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVE ROBBER'S SECRET by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Even Robby's gruesome job at the medical school (where he's asked to dump body parts in a well and allowed to observe early modern medicine), his observations on women's inequality and his budding independence are not enough to hold readers' attention. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
After being forced by his angry, alcoholic, Irish-immigrant father to dig up newly buried bodies and sell them to a nearby Philadelphia medical school, 12-year-old Robby Hare's luck turns from bad to worse when his family rents its last vacant rooms to devious William Burke and his typhoid-survivor daughter, Martha. Read full book review >

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WART by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Leaving it to readers to make up their own minds about Mrs. Gibbs, the author offers a coming-of-age tale rich in Disney Channel potential. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Myers really raids the thematic cupboard for this semi-serious tale of an eighth-grader who becomes convinced that his widowed dad and little sister have fallen under the spell of a beautiful witch. Read full book review >

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FLYING BLIND by Anna Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Thoughtful. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
A formal-voiced macaw tells the opening chapter of this affecting tale about an unusual family and a predicament of egrets. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN'S COMMAND by Anna Myers
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Despite such tampering, what remains vivid is the girl, her dog, and life on the home front, when the war came over the radio. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Myers (Ethan Between Us, 1998, etc.) takes on WWII and the folks on the Oklahoma home front. Read full book review >

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THE KEEPING ROOM by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"Finely crafted, the book offers a potent message, unfettered by moralizing, about war. (Fiction. 8-12)"
As the Revolutionary War rages on, Joey Kershaw and his family manage their spacious home in Camden, South Carolina, while their father attempts to protect the town from British forces. Read full book review >

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SPOTTING THE LEOPARD by Anna Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Myers has created another bittersweet tale that celebrates average people and the courage they muster to follow their hearts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's back to the bucolic Oklahoma landscape Myers (Fire in the Hills, p. 161, etc.) evokes in her newest novel, a sequel to Red- Dirt Jessie (1992), set in the era between the Depression and the outbreak of WW II. H.J., now a teenager, narrates; Jessie is finishing up high school in town; Mama holds down the homefront while Pa, lucky enough to be hired by the WPA, spends weeks away from the family he loves, earning enough for the luxuries of an extra homemade pie and marbles for Christmas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASSASSIN by Anna Myers
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A fine companion to recent nonfiction works such as James Giblin's Good Brother, Bad Brother (p. 539) and Harold Holzer's The President is Shot! (2004). (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12+) "
Two stories become one as an odd confluence of events places 14-year-old Bella Getchel, assistant seamstress to Mary Todd Lincoln, under the influence of Wilkes Booth, famous actor and "the most handsome man in America." Read full book review >

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ROSIE'S TIGER by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 1994

"Still, an entertaining story with some real strengths. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The author of Red-Dirt Jessie (1992) offers a second novel set in rural Oklahoma. Read full book review >

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GRAVEYARD GIRL by Anna Myers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1995

"The book ends on a hopeful note, but its unrelenting sadness will be difficult for some readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A novel about personal strength found in the midst of terrible grief—a harrowing tale of loss and redemption. Read full book review >

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RED-DIRT JESSIE by Anna Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The simplicity of language goes right to the heart; Myers is a new talent to watch. (Fiction. 10+)"
Like Patricia Pendergraft at her best, Myers draws readers into intensely evoked realms of folk just trying to get by, crafting what contentment they have out of red dirt and weeds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPY! by Anna Myers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Somewhat bland and idealized in the historical detail, the ethical dilemmas involved are nevertheless crisply conveyed, as is Jonah's admiration for his hero. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's tough to provide any suspense in a story about Nathan Hale, whose hanging for being a spy is so well known, so Myers invents a young student of Hale's from his Connecticut classroom to carry readers' interest. Read full book review >