Search Results: "Avi Shlaim"


BOOK REVIEW

AVI by Lois Markham
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

Despite a term-paper approach, Markham (Lois Lowry, 1995), has produced a surprisingly involving and serviceable biography of a prolific and much-honored author. Read full book review >

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THE IRON WALL by Avi Shlaim
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Carefully annotated, but Shlaim never solidly establishes his difficult thesis in this lengthy history."
A comprehensive revisionist history of Israel's foreign policy, insisting that an "intransigent," often belligerent Jewish state mishandled relations with its neighbors. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Shlaim is an important, sage, reasoned voice on the course of Israeli-Palestinian relations."
Noted historian Shlaim (International Relations/Univ. of Oxford; Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace, 2008, etc.) presents a collection of hard-hitting pieces about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Hussein's legacy, Shlaim holds, is 'the possibility, at least, of peace in the Middle East,' toward which he contributed a share—indeed, a lion's share. A worthy biography."
A comprehensive, highly readable life of the well-known but much-overlooked Middle Eastern leader. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"A concise, passionately argued essay, sparked by Shlaim's dry wit and scathing sarcasm."
Shlaim (Collusion Across Jordan, 1988), a leading historian of the Israeli revisionist school, offers a brief but suggestive overview of the US role in the Middle East. Read full book review >

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AVI THE AMBULANCE AND THE SNOWY DAY by Claudia Carlson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A charming introduction to a little-known organization. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Avi is the youngest ambulance in a Jerusalem garage filled with his family of emergency vehicles and human first responders of the Magen David Adom, Israel's equivalent of the Red Cross. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL OF THE DEAD by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"Don't read this one in a dark and haunted school. (Horror. 10-14)"
In order to fulfill his dead great-uncle's wish, seventh-grader Tony begins attending the spooky, rambling, and possibly haunted Penda School. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD DOG by Avi
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Almost wholly absent from the story is a real exploration of the mutual affection that underlies the human-dog relationship; without this, McKinley's decision to stay with his humans rather than follow Lupin is an intellectual, and ultimately unsatisfying, one. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When the wild calls, will this good dog answer? Read full book review >

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BEYOND THE WESTERN SEA by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"Many plot threads are left a- dangle; Avi (Poppy, 1995, etc.) promises a sequel but few readers will be chewing their nails waiting for it. (Fiction. 11-13)"
From an author who's made a career of experimenting with different narrative structures comes this first sprawling tale in The Escape From Home books; it's done as a Victorian serial novel with a huge cast, and a multiplicity of short chapters setting out an episodic plot replete with chance meetings, narrow escapes, and dismaying revelations. Read full book review >

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THE PLAYER KING by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An appealing protagonist pursuing a grand adventure and struggling with themes of power, pride, and identity will appeal to fans of historical fiction. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
From prolific, Newbery winner Avi, a novel set in the Middle Ages that is replete with authentic period details, page-turning brief chapters, and a plot filled with twists, turns, and political intrigue. Read full book review >

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CATCH YOU LATER, TRAITOR by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"A thought-provoking story about suspicion, trust and a memorable pennant race from a one-time Brooklyn boy. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
How does loyalty to country, to family and to the local baseball team define one's life? Read full book review >

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THE SEER OF SHADOWS by Avi
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"This tale proves that the time-honored ghost story, capably researched, well-paced and fusing the Gothic elements of mystery, madness and romance, can still thrill in the hands of a skilled craftsman. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1870s New York, at the intersection of scientific advances in photography and post-Civil War superstition, sentimentality and mourning, Horace's father apprentices him to a spirit photographer. Read full book review >