Search Results: "Barbara Snow Gilbert"


BOOK REVIEW

BROKEN CHORDS by Barbara Snow Gilbert
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"A compassionate work. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Gilbert (Stone Water, 1996, etc.) writes sympathetically about a musical prodigy who yearns to be a normal teenager; a story that could have easily fallen to clichÇ becomes a penetrating study of the difference between technical brilliance and true virtuosity. Read full book review >

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PAPER TRAIL by Barbara Snow Gilbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Still, readers will be hooked by the intensity of this nightmarish psychodrama. (Fiction. 11-15)"
An Oklahoma teenager sees his mother gunned down, then becomes the quarry of a militia group in this page-turner-with-a-twist. Read full book review >

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STONE WATER by Barbara Snow Gilbert
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"No reader of any age will remain unmoved. (Fiction. 12+)"
A 14-year-old is faced with the hardest decision of his life in this outstanding, sensitive exploration of a topic ripped from the headlines. Read full book review >

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WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA! by Alan Snow
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"There's foolery aplenty, but this is the sort of sequel that offers more of the same rather than any new twists or developments. (partial cast list) (Fantasy. 11-13)"
More cheese-centric shenanigans take the multispecies cast of Here Be Monsters (2006) far from the town of Ratbridge. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS by Alan Snow
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"But even those who dislike cats may not be in the audience for this one—it is too mild to be amusing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This companion to How Dogs Really Work (1993) explains that cats originate on Planet Nip, that they are here in a struggle for world domination, etc. The tone is tongue in cheek throughout, but the text itself is not very funny; the endless explanations will bore preschoolers, and older readers can find funnier stuff on their own. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2010

"An accomplished historian with a welcome personal touch."
Former longtime American Heritage editor Snow (Coney Island: A Postcard Journey to the City of Fire, 1983, etc.) examines the Atlantic theater of World War II, where his father fought. Read full book review >

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I INVENTED THE MODERN AGE by Richard Snow
Released: May 14, 2013

"Stylistically, Snow mimics the marvelously folksy, protean temperament of his subject, dwelling on Ford's early mechanical inventions rather than his latter problematic prickliness, and everywhere portraying a compelling character."
Evidently fired up by Ford's success story, former American Heritage editor-in-chief Snow (A Measureless Peril: America in the Fight for the Atlantic, the Longest Battle of World War II, 2010, etc.) conveys his interest by delving deeply into the details of Ford's mechanical genius. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"The next episode can't come too soon. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Interspersed with hundreds of intricately detailed vignettes, this loony escapade introduces one of the most engaging casts in years. Read full book review >

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SISTERS OF THE SWORD by Maya Snow
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"The fact that the girls' mother and brother, would-be heir Moriyasu, remain at large lays the groundwork for a sequel. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
"Blows rained on innocent heads. And blood flowed, splashing walls with gory crimson." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"They were never wrong, the Old Masters,'' as Auden writes, but the same can't be said for this particular commentary on one of those masters. (150 b&w illustrations, one color plate, not seen)"
Translator and art historian Snow (English/Rice Univ.; A Study of Vermeer, not reviewed) turns a close reading of the multifarious Bruegel into a colorless exercise in pedantry. Read full book review >

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HOW DOGS REALLY WORK! by Alan Snow
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"De gustibus. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Cutaway cartoons reveal that the Dog is really filled with levers, pistons, tubes, vats, memory banks, sniff motors, and waste disposal plumbing. Read full book review >