Search Results: "Arielle North Olson"


BOOK REVIEW

NOAH'S CATS AND THE DEVIL'S FIRE by Arielle North--Adapt. Olson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An outstandingly handsome setting for a winner of a story. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-11)"
In a Romanian version of the biblical story, the devil disguises himself as a mouse and sneaks aboard the Ark after Noah orders him away. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Despite these minor flaws, the collection seems destined to find an enthusiastic audience of listeners and tellers as did Olson and Schwartz's earlier collaboration, Ask the Bones (1999). (Folklore. 10 & up)"
Bare Bones might have been an equally descriptive title for this collection of 22 tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLES OLSON by Tom Clark
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1991

"Told at a steady plod that takes Olson's ideas perhaps more seriously than warranted but that points steadily toward the writer's best work."
Life of Charles Olson (1910-70), the ego-driven poet known as Maximum, who fathered ``projective'' verse and became the grand old man of Black Mountain College. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORTH by Nick Dowson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Simple but effective, this is a beautiful introduction to a remarkable region that should encourage any child's sense of wonder. (index) (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
In the dark Arctic winters, few species can survive, but in short, lush summers, millions of animals return to reproduce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORTH by Donna Jo Napoli
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"It's an unlikely journey, but Napoli makes it a fascinating one, organically incorporating a wealth of detail about the Arctic and its human and non-human inhabitants. (Fiction. 9+)"
Driven by a yearning he can't articulate but knows is essential to his very being, Alvin, a soft and unsophisticated 12-year-old African-American boy living in Washington, D.C., runs away from his caring but smothering mother and physically declining great grandmother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORTH by Frederick Busch
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"This writer's failures are indeed more interesting than many of his contemporaries' successes. Still, North is a disappointment."
The search for a missing youth jump-starts Busch's brooding latest, a loose sequel to his 1997 stunner, Girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORTH by Brian Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2007

"A concept-driven work that runs afoul of reality."
Lives are ruined when a Satanic student plays erotic games with his teachers; a first novel from a 68-year-old Englishman. Read full book review >

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HOW OLIVER OLSON CHANGED THE WORLD by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 2009

"Oliver may not change the world by the end of his diorama project, but he will certainly provide a fast-paced, entertaining read to the chapter-book audience. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Third grader Oliver Olson has a problem that may make many young readers envious: His parents have a compulsion to be deeply involved in his homework, to the extent that when he's assigned a diorama on the solar system, Dad and Mom are planning to do all the work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1997

"Even so, his book makes for an armchair traveler's delight. (Author tour)"
A richly observant memoir of a coast-to-coast journey along the US-Canada border, which the author undertook ``a little unsure of how to proceed but eager to see what I could.'' The people along that line, writes novelist Mosher (Northern Borders, 1994, etc.), are a breed apart: self-reliant, tenacious, suspicious of the governments in Washington and Ottawa alike, to the point of harboring secessionist sympathies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUE NORTH by Kathryn Lasky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Lucy and Afrika are vivacious fictional heroines striving against a backdrop of actual events and real players; they reveal underlying truths in the sad histories of many a slave. (further reading) (Fiction. 12+)"
A rousing good story and two strong female protagonists make this novel of the Underground Railroad an energetic work of historical fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NORTH WIND by Gwyneth Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"As with Mary Gentle, whom Jones resembles in style and approach, what's needed is a lighter touch, with more suggesting and less head-thumping."
Sequel to Jones's impressive aliens-among-us yarn, White Queen (1993), winner of the James Tiptree, Jr., Award. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH by Luis Alberto Urrea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2009

"Minor work from a writer who has done much better."
Three Mexican señoritas cross the border with a gay escort in this good-humored road novel from Urrea (The Hummingbird's Daughter, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >