Search Results: "Barbara Robinson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST SCHOOL YEAR EVER by Barbara Robinson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"The Herdmans will delight readers of this spirited sequel to The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972). (Fiction. 8+)"
Not just your average naughty children, the Herdmans occasionally step over the line into juvenile delinquency- -but they do it with such panache that the reader cannot help but be impressed. Read full book review >

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WHAT ANIMALS REALLY LIKE by Fiona Robinson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Guffaws and surprising twists (plus Timbertooth's exaggerated tantrums) will have youngsters clamoring for a repeat performance. Brava! (Picture book. 4-8)"
World-famous conductor Herbert Timberteeth (an aptly named beaver) is about to debut his new song, "What Animals Like Most." Read full book review >

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STARSEED by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, Stardance fans will want to investigate."
Sequel to Stardance, the Robinsons' combination of dance, aliens, and politics in orbit above 21st-century Earth. Read full book review >

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STARMIND by Spider Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1995

Third in the trilogy (Starseed, 1991, etc.) about the Stardancers, human-alien symbiotes who are able to live unprotected in space, and who can share a mingled consciousness as and when they wish. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Good, goofy fun. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
While heading by train to Whiska City to chase her dream of becoming a detective, Jenny the donkey meets a menagerie of new friends who will make perfect partners in her new venture. Read full book review >

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PARANORMAL by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"A dramatic tale—or the first part of one, anyway—heavily steeped in tribal lore. (Paranormal suspense. 11-13)"
The young Cherokee seer struck by lightning in Abnormal (2014) acquires more extrasensory powers after a near-death experience in this partial sequel. Read full book review >

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BROKEN PROMISES by Anitha Robinson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"A middle volume only thinly held together by overdone alien tropes. (Science fiction. 13-18)"
Kalli loses faith in Ellis and fights to free the girls housing the embryos of his dying alien species. Read full book review >

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PLAN Z BY LESLIE KOVE by Betsy Robinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2001

"A standard tale that features a particularly irritating adolescent narrator. The Curse of Holden Caulfield strikes again."
A trip back in time to the 1970s and all, supposedly, that was groovy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2004

"Indifferently written, but full of sharp observations on modern Cuba—for policymakers and travelers alike."
An African-American journalist travels through Cuba, returning with news that, while the glory days of socialism are gone, Castro and company are very much in charge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2000

"An authorial feat that's a reader's feast."
Frustrated by his inability to find a one-volume reference giving reliable information on Jewish laws, prayers, holidays, rituals, life-cycle events, scripture, rabbinic commentary, mysticism, philosophy (buoyantly introduced here with the heading "Rabbis Versus Philosophers"), and recent history, veteran Kirkus reviewer Robinson has produced his own omnium-gatherum (or whatever the equivalent Hebrew term is) of all things Jewish. Read full book review >

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THUNDER DREAMER by Ron Robinson
Released: July 31, 1996

"Playwright Robinson's debut novel seems unsurprising in its broad intentions, and his Lakota Sioux subplot is rather far- fetched, but his two lovable losers carry the day."
Episodic, funny first novel about a feckless teenager and an irascible escapee from a nursing home, set in the Black Hills in 1980. Read full book review >