Search Results: "Ashlee Fletcher"


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MY DOG, MY CAT by Ashlee Fletcher
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Fletcher's first picture book is thoughtfully designed, with humor and a succinct text that will appeal to a broad age range. She is an illustrator to watch. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A simple and appealing story focuses on the differences between dogs and cats, with a patterned, predictable text that thoughtfully describes each divergent quality in concrete terms that preschoolers will understand. Read full book review >

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ELON MUSK AND THE QUEST FOR A FANTASTIC FUTURE by Ashlee Vance
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A modern American success story, neither overly earnest nor unreservedly adulatory. (timeline) (Biography. 11-14)"
Vance slims down his 2015 portrait of an entrepreneur who has made and spent several eye-watering fortunes on the way to restarting our country's space program and possibly revolutionizing the auto industry. Read full book review >

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BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Though a bit oversimplified at times, the story will open a portal to families with injured soldiers and propel conversations about war, identity, philosophy, and hardship. (Fiction. 14-18)"
After her older brother, Lucas, is wounded in action and rendered comatose, 17-year-old Gabriela Santiago decides to honor a promise to her brother by walking the Camino de Santiago alongside Seth Russo, the unlikeliest of companions. Read full book review >

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ELON MUSK by Ashlee Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Despite Vance's best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients."
A look at aerospace/automotive mogul Elon Musk. Read full book review >

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A LITTLE IN LOVE by Susan Fletcher
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A worthy companion book, with storytelling strong enough to interest even readers unfamiliar with the original novel or its many adaptations. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
The story of Eponine Thenardier, a side character from Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, is told here, from early childhood to untimely death.Read full book review >

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FALCON IN THE GLASS by Susan Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"The language will carry word-loving readers past the story's rough spots. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Moments of real beauty and mystery vie for readers' attention with an overstuffed plot glazed in magic. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2009

"Mostly for fans of the livelier second installment. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
George and Edie remain admirably stoic heroes, but dry prose inhibits this conclusion's pace. Read full book review >

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ANCIENT, STRANGE, AND LOVELY by Susan Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Bryn's family's ties to winged creatures and their passion for scientific learning are delineated with swift precision and nuanced emotion. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In a time not so far from now but within the universe of the Dragon Chronicles, 14-year-old Bryn misses her scientist mom, who has disappeared in Alaska. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"Anyone else will be overwhelmed and confused. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In this pep talk for aspiring poets, Fletcher (Have You Been to the Beach Lately, 2001, etc.) speaks directly to his readers in a chatty, non-threatening manner, as if he were a guest lecturer in their classrooms or homes and he reminds his audience that poetry must be an honest expression of the heart and soul. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"Children will enjoy reading or listening to these linked episodes of high drama, low comedy, and comforting human contact. (Poetry. 8-10)"
PLB 0-531-33141-5 In what amounts to a novel in poems, a narrator, 11, declares his satisfaction at "Being The Youngest," introduces his big brother ("God's Gift to Girls"), who later has a scary brush with death, watches his grandmother plant tulip bulbs "in that dirty confusion/of bulb and knuckle,/knuckle and bulb," observes several relatives at a huge family reunion, tracks his mother's pregnancy, and, after his sister is born, finds pleasure in "Being A Middle Child," too. Read full book review >

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WHAT COPS KNOW by Connie Fletcher
Released: Jan. 28, 1990

Chicago cops report from the urban front lines in Fletcher's fascinating oral dispatch. Read full book review >

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MOON by Tony Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 1999

"Few questions will now remain about Moon's life—in fact, you may know more than you wanted to. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive look at the short life of the Who's legendary drummer. Read full book review >