Search Results: "Audrey Petty"


BOOK REVIEW

HIGH-RISE STORIES by Audrey Petty
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"A hard look at the consequences of poverty and flawed concepts of public housing and urban renewal."
An oral history of life in the public housing projects of Chicago, where thousands of low-income black families lived from the 1950s until their demolition, which began in 2003 under an optimistically titled "Plan for Transformation." Read full book review >

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THE SQUAMPKIN PATCH by J.T. Petty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Includes a recipe for pumpkin-chocolate-chip cookies. (Fiction. 9-12)"
What happens when you cross a Lemony Snicket title and The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Read full book review >

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LOCK & MORI by Heather W. Petty
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Mystery lovers will be pleased to have this whodunit, which is neither Victoriana nor steampunk. (Mystery. 13-15)"
The brilliant daughter of Detective Sgt. Moriarty meets posh Sherlock Holmes, so obviously there will be murders. Read full book review >

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A DOG NEEDS A BONE! by Audrey Wood
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Children will enjoy looking and finding bone shapes everywhere and will hope that his mistress will give him more than the offered carrot, broccoli, squash and peas—from endpapers to endpapers, a most satisfying well-earned bone. (Picture book. 3-5)"
What does dog need? Read full book review >

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RUDE GIANTS by Audrey Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Logic is obviously not the intent here; kids may pick up a few pointers on manners, but mostly it's just for fun—and fun it surely is, especially with Wood's outlandishly caricatured giants and prim, righteous little maid to expand the exaggerated humor. (Picture book. 3-8)"
For Beatrix the butter maid and her best friend Gerda (a cow), life is idyllic—until the two are kidnapped by a pair of hulking giants who declare their intention of eating them. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING POP-UP GRAMMAR BOOK by Jennie Maizels
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"This hyperactive grammatical playground is not a tool for teaching neophytes, but will work best with those who already have a basic knowledge of language rules. (Pop-up. 7-10)"
The Amazing Pop-Up Grammar Book ($16.99; Oct. 1996; 16 pp.; 0-525-45580-9): If diagramming sentences sends many readers to the land of nod, this pop-up, pull-out book on grammar will hit them like a jolt of caffeine. Read full book review >

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I DON'T WANT TO BE BIG by Dev Petty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"The premise is weak, but the silly pictures make this an enjoyable read-aloud nevertheless. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A small frog boldly proclaims its reluctance to become big; an adult frog and a pig help it reconsider its views. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Stalls occasionally but, overall, a fairly smooth trip around the track. (For an overview of NASCAR, turn to Peter Golenbock's American Zoom, p. 834.) (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A year on the NASCAR circuit with the third Petty to leave his mark on racing history. Read full book review >

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SCREAMING AT THE UMP by Audrey Vernick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Not a heavy hitter but worthy of a spot in the starting lineup. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In a decided departure for baseball-themed novels, a middle schooler figures out that the game's values are not always reliable guidelines for real life. Read full book review >

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SAY YES by Audrey Couloumbis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"The author tellingly communicates Casey's growing fear and Paulie's underlying fragility and leaves thoughtful readers plenty to chew over with this convincing portrait of young people learning how to make choices. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A New York City preteen's world turns suddenly scary when her stepmother goes missing. Read full book review >

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GETTING NEAR TO BABY by Audrey Couloumbis
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Lightening the tone by poking gentle fun at Patty and some of her small-town neighbors, the author creates a cast founded on likable, real-seeming people who grow and change in response to tragedy. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Couloumbis's debut carries a family through early stages of grief with grace, sensitivity, and a healthy dose of laughter. Read full book review >

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HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY by Audrey Niffenegger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Gimmickry, supernatural and otherwise, blunts what could have been an incisive inquiry into the mysteries and frustrations of too-close kinship from the talented Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife, 2003, etc.)."
Twin sisters inherit a London flat, and a bundle of baggage, from their mother's long-estranged twin. Read full book review >