Search Results: "Bernie Fuchs"


BOOK REVIEW

CHAMPIONS by Bill Littlefield
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Reading list; index. (Biography. 11-14)"
A penetrating study of five men and five women who provide ``images of excellence,'' both in and out of the spotlight. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RIDE LIKE THE WIND by Bernie Fuchs
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An engaging depiction of a unique slice of American frontier history. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Having just embarked on his leg of the Pony Express, young rider Johnny Free is pursued by Paiute Indians and eventually rescued by his loyal horse in this compelling tale set in the Nevada desert. Read full book review >

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HOME ON THE RANGE by Paul B. Janeczko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A good collection, with an unfeigned, cumulative effect that leaves readers with a real sense of a disappearing way of life. (Picture book/poetry. 8-10)"
A timeless portrait of cowboy (and cowgirl) life emerges from 20 illustrated poems. Read full book review >

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THE WOLVES by Brian J. Heinz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An exquisite story of the wild. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
In a preface to this powerful story, Heinz (The Alley Cat, 1993, etc.) provides historical information on wolves in North America as well as their present situation. Read full book review >

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RAISING YODER'S BARN by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The details of barn construction are passed over, but the central place a barn occupies on an Amish farm is clearly established. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A celebration of the Amish spirit of community summoned for a one-day barn raising. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 14, 2001

"A terrific introduction to a historical character who was the heroine of her own fabulous tale. (author's note) (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
The tiny (less than five feet tall) sharpshooter known as Annie Oakley began life as Phoebe Ann Mozee on an Ohio farm. Read full book review >

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CAROLINA SHOUT! by Alan Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"In his second collaboration with Schroeder (Ragtime Tumpie, 1989) Fuchs creates powerful oil paintings that beautifully celebrate the vitality of Charleston, and masterfully chronicle this vanished piece of African-American life. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An interesting cultural history of African-American street vendors in the preWW II South. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A DAD by Jake Fuchs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1998

"Fuchs's debut novel is a low-rent Berkeley Compromising Positions that's stronger on milieu—especially the heroine's domestic life—than on plot."
Bullying little tykes, the little tykes— victims, and whining parents pleading every excuse under the sun for some extra accommodation—all the everyday crises Maren Matthews is used to dealing with at the Hillside School get elbowed aside by the discovery of Caleb O'Boyle's father Malcolm, bashed to death on the cornmeal table. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF A PROF by Jake Fuchs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 2001

"Two installments into his Nursery School Murders series, Fuchs seems mired in the sandbox, his notion of satire limited to poking fun of foreign accents, detailed descriptions of hyenas' genitals, and endless repetition of the word 'farties.'"
It's a wonder that Berkeley teacher Maren Matthews (Death of a Dad, 1998) doesn't just throw herself off the jungle gym at Hillside Nursery School and end it all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SONG FOR A SHADOW by Bernie MacKinnon
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"He is, and that sucks cuz she's a cool lady''), this young man's appreciation for the things his new friends and family take for granted is expressed with sympathy and understanding. (Fiction. 14-17)"
With his mother in a psychiatric hospital again and his ever-absent father, rock-star Danny ``Spider'' Webb, out on a hugely successful comeback tour, 18-year-old Aaron makes a break: he pushes his car over a cliff and thumbs his anonymous way toward Canada, ending up in Fox Hill, Maine, working in Jerry Ferguson's grocery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER TAKES TWO by Bernie Lee
Released: May 31, 1992

"Underplotted, unmysterious, and—except for Pat and Tony's relentless Oregon cheerleading—utterly unremarkable."
Off to London to direct a series of TV commercials for Thomas Baking Company, would-be adorables Pat and Tony Pratt (Murder at Musket Beach, Murder Without Reservation) watch as the mudslinging among their co-workers gets more and more uninhibited—Thomas marketing director Chet Norris carps endlessly about peerless Paul Taylor's voice-overs; advertising agent Gary Bonham insists that Norris has been threatening to bolt Bonham's agency unless he gets a kickback; Taylor demands that Bonham keep Deborah Thomas, the president's daughter he's just taken to bed, out of the whole mess- -until Pat opens a sound-stage door and Bonham's body tumbles out. Read full book review >