Search Results: "Benjamin Zephaniah"


BOOK REVIEW

FACE by Benjamin Zephaniah
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Nonetheless, a worthy subject that should give kids plenty to think about. (Fiction. 10+)"
Looks may not be everything, but few high-school students would deny that physical appearance is connected to self-esteem and social standing. Read full book review >

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GANGSTA RAP by Benjamin Zephaniah
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"This will still be appreciated for its subject and setting—but there's no music here. (Fiction. YA)"
Ray and his trouble-making East Ender friends produce a hip-hop single in their "alternative" academy, and the "Positive Negatives" hurtle toward stardom. Read full book review >

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REFUGEE BOY by Benjamin Zephaniah
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"Alem is a refugee who transcends his identity as such; he becomes a hero, even a role model and readers will care about him. (Fiction. 10+)"
"Look at me, look at all the things that I am capable of, and think of all the things you could call me—a student, a lover of literature, a budding architect, a friend, a symbol of hope even, but what am I called? A refugee." Read full book review >

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WHEN I GROW UP by Benjamin Zephaniah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A bold, inspiring work for forward-thinking early readers. (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Zephaniah answers that oft-asked adult inquiry, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" with 13 examples of everyday grown-ups following their dreams. Read full book review >

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J IS FOR JAMAICA by Benjamin Zephaniah
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Children will come away more attuned to the special character of the island and its people from the more conventional, and systematic, likes of Ann Heinrichs's Jamaica (2003). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-7)"
Bright, tourist-friendly photos of happy people at play alternate with views of verdant landscapes, exotic foodstuffs and typical flora and fauna in this alphabetical jaunt to Jamaica. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Thomas S. Kidd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A highly accessible study of an enigmatic yet influential faith life."
What did Benjamin Franklin really think of God? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Brodersen's book is the best life of Benjamin we have and the best we are likely to have, until the archives are finally opened to scholars and biographers. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
An even-handed account of the great literary critic's unlucky life, from his birth into Berlin's Jewish upper middle class to his suicide while in flight from the Nazis. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Who says a middle schooler can't change history? It's all about being in the right place—and time. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Franklin Isaac Saturday mails himself in a box back to the 18th century to help out his pen pal and good buddy, "B-Freezy." Dude! Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Adam Mansbach
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A mildly enjoyable if open-ended romp. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
The author of Go the Fuck to Sleep (2011) joins Zweibel to craft a (somewhat) more conventional tale, featuring a seventh-grader who gets unexpected help navigating middle school rapids.Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN BRITTEN by Neil Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"As pleasurable as hearing Britten's music for the first time: familiar, but new and rich enough to keep you coming back."
A probing inquiry into Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), one of England's greatest modern composers, as well as a survey of mid-20th-century provincial England. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN DOVE by Fridrik Erlings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"David Almond fans may take interest in the story's similar tone and themes, but unfortunately, other readers will be turned off by the translation's stilted dialogue. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An adult Benjamin recalls the pivotal childhood summer in which he learned friendship, forgiveness, death and the loss of innocence in this translated novel from Iceland. Read full book review >

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BENJAMIN BIGFOOT by Mary Serfozo
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Serfozo's gracefully honed text, perfectly in tune with a small child's concerns, is nicely served by Smith's realistic, humorous illustrations—which slyly reveal that Benjamin has been a little lonely at home. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Like many a preschooler, Benjamin has a favorite thing: Dad's old shoes, which he wears constantly, through dust or mud, dry leaves or snow. Read full book review >