Search Results: "Becky Birtha"


BOOK REVIEW

BECKY by Lenore Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"As characterized here, Becky doesn't earn the equal time she clamors for."
A supporting character in Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer gets her own novel. Read full book review >

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LUCKY BEANS by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Many children today can relate to the family's challenges, which makes the timing of this picture book sadly relevant. (author's note) (Picture-book. 5-12)"
History proves cyclical with this story of an African-American family living through the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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GRANDMAMA’S PRIDE by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"A lengthy author's note gives the story a helpful historical context. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Young African-American Sarah Marie travels by bus from her Northern home to the South to visit her proud grandmother, both before and after segregation. Read full book review >

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FAR APART, CLOSE IN HEART by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"With more than 2.7 million American children experiencing the incarceration of a parent, this book is a necessary one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The subtitle of this picture book says it all. Read full book review >

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BECKY THE BORROWER by Udo Weigelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Henn reflects this relaxed approach with pleasant scenes of a smiling Becky surrounded by also-smiling stuffed animals and other goods—plus other children who, even in the dream, look more puzzled than angry. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Who doesn't like toys? Read full book review >

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BECKY BERNSTEIN GOES BERLIN by Holly-Jane Rahlens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"A lively and entertaining debut."
From an American-born actress now living in Germany, a first novel that offers wry and refreshingly upbeat reminiscences of life in the single lane—both here and in Berlin. Read full book review >

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THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Delightful. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Here's a different Becky Thatcher: She spews spitballs, prefers overalls to dresses, takes dares from boys and tracks down criminals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOSEPH THE DREAMER by Becky Laff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A lively version of a biblical story of wisdom, wits, treachery, and repentance. (Graphic fiction/religion. 8-11)"
The Old Testament story of Joseph, the brother sold into slavery who becomes the pharaoh's grand vizier, is interpreted in graphic-novel format. Read full book review >

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FINDING GRACE by Becky Citra
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Dysfunctional-mother fiction is a crowded genre; this one lacks sufficient punch to distinguish itself. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Hope didn't even know that Grace was missing—she thought the girl to whom she's secretly written for years was imaginary. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A compassionate narrative about how one group of friends helped each other thrive after the deaths of their spouses."
How to cope with tragedy with the help of good friends. Read full book review >

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YOUR SKIN HOLDS YOU IN by Becky Baines
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The lively design and small trim size invite early readers, but the difficulty of some words and lack of glossary may require them to seek an adult's help at first. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
This appealing young-readers' introduction to skin is illustrated with photographs of children and adults of many races, overlaid with drawings and labels to show relevant details. Read full book review >