Search Results: "Anne Ylvisaker"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LUCK OF THE BUTTONS by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"The main message here is uncomplicated, but important—with a little faith in ourselves and a willingness to take some risks, anything is possible, even a lucky Button. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Set in Iowa in 1929, this offbeat tale features plucky, twelve-year-old Tugs Button, who has a meaningful relationship with pie. Read full book review >

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DEAR PAPA by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Uneven, but overall refreshingly free of bathos. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Nine-year-old Isabelle's first letter to her Papa in September 1943, a year after his death from an allergic reaction (the war-time setting is largely background), is the beginning of an epistolary journal that spans the rest of her Minnesota childhood. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE BUTTONS by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Although the story is slow in places, the characters charm, and the material is enhanced by the author's well-realized rendition of time and place. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Like almost all the menfolk in the town of Keokuk, Ike is initially thrilled when Iowa, a free state, is called up by President Abraham Lincoln to fight in the Civil War, but his happiness turns to horror when he realizes that he's too young for combat and must stay behind with the women. Read full book review >

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BUTTON DOWN by Anne Ylvisaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Short chapters, simple yet meticulous language, a wholesome feel and the universal story of a boy with a dream combine to give this one widespread appeal. (Historical fiction. 8-11)"
Ylvisaker (The Luck of the Buttons, 2011) returns to the lovably unlucky Button family, this time with a gentle story about 11-year-old Ned and his love of football. Read full book review >

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LITTLE KLEIN by Anne Ylvisaker
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Instead of a typical boy-and-his-dog story, the author has created something unique and memorable. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Little Klein, aka Harold, is definitely the runt of the litter. Read full book review >

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QUEEN ANNE by Anne Somerset
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2103

"Anne's natural reserve and her instinct for discretion has led historians to believe that she was weak and dominated by women of stronger character. Somerset's impressive scholarship debunks that belief and shows Anne as a masterful, even authoritative, queen who survived the influence of her 'friends.'"
Somerset (The Affair of the Poisons: Murder, Infanticide and Satanism at the Court of Louis XIV, 2004) delivers an exhaustive and easily readable history of a queen trying to emulate Elizabeth I with none of the Tudor forcefulness and too much of the Stuart feebleness. Read full book review >

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ANNE & HENRY by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Clever and compelling storytelling from a promising writer. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are reimagined as private school hooligans (of course). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A graceful tribute and a touching act of gratitude."
An articulate statement of the enduring power of Anne Frank's original work joined with a brief biography, an analysis of the 1955 play and 1959 film based on the diary, some attacks on Holocaust deniers and a few thoughts on approaches to teaching the work. Read full book review >

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ANNE FRANK by Josephine Poole
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"But her story was just beginning.' (chronology, author's note, Web site) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Poole introduces Anne Frank, one of the most recognizable figures of Holocaust history, to younger audiences in this picture-book biography written in succinct and candid language. Read full book review >

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ANNE FRANK by Melissa Müller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"An invaluable complement to an immortal testimony."
Anne Frank, before and after the diary, with many new details and a fresh, welcome perspective. Read full book review >

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ANNE FRANK by Gene Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Brief glossary and bibliography; index. (Biography. 9-12)"
In ``The Library of Famous Women'' series, an easily read biography with enough historical data to provide a clear context and many photos of people, places, and events. Read full book review >

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ANNE FRANK by Willy Lindwer
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

"Anne Frank would have been 63 this year; Lindwer's invaluable effort picks up where the diary of the century leaves off."
An enlightening, harrowing set of first-person narratives by six women who knew Anne Frank before the war and during her final hellish months in German extermination camps. Read full book review >