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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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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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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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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CRISPIN: THE END OF TIME by Avi
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Thrilling and beautifully wrought. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Avi guides his hero toward a final, very satisfying destiny in this wonderfully realized conclusion to the Crispin trilogy. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The bibliography is limited, but readers may find themselves so absorbed in Tom's exciting narrative that they will seek out for themselves other good works on the Civil War. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Confederacy has built a monster ship to break the Union's blockade of the Atlantic coast, and 13-year-old Tom Carroll has a new job at Rowland's Continental Iron Works in Brooklyn helping to build its opponent. Read full book review >

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NEVER MIND! by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"It's a real collaboration; the alternating voices of their characters ring true, and the narrative is seamless. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Avi and Vail pair up in this often hilarious and sometimes poignant comedy of errors starring 12-year-old dueling fraternal twins. Read full book review >