Search Results: "Betsy Duffey"


BOOK REVIEW

UTTERLY YOURS, BOOKER JONES by Betsy Duffey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Booker Jones is an aspiring novelist, having already completed several works including Worms from the Planet Spaghetti and Moon Mummy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COASTER by Betsy Duffey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Hart's character resonates. (Fiction. 10+)"
Twelve-year-old Hart's parents have been divorced now for two years, but he still has trouble accepting that their marriage is over. Read full book review >

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ALIEN FOR RENT by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"It's all fairly silly, offering a few chuckles for readers in search of an unintimidating read. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A fun short novel from Duffey (Virtual Cody, 1997, etc.), who takes on the ever-popular upper-elementary topic of aliens. Read full book review >

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HEY, NEW KID by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Abrupt and didactic. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cody has just moved, and he's not taking it very well. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE COOL IN THE THIRD GRADE by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Robbie's somewhat overstated aim is to create a new image for himself by taking steps like avoiding his mother's company on the way to the bus stop each morning, trading in his superhero underwear for plain white, and getting jeans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETSY ZANE by Lynda Durrant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2000

"A real winner in every sense of the word. (extensive afterword, sources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old girl named Betsy Zane won the last battle of the American Revolution—the battle of Fort Henry in September of 1782. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETSY ROSS by Becky White
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"A bit of bibliography and a stronger admission that this is not history (or herstory) but legend would make this a stronger book. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A historical fable, told in very few words, prettily illustrated and rather wonderful in its elegant brevity—except there is almost no evidence to support the Betsy Ross myth. Read full book review >

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THE CAMP KNOCK KNOCK MYSTERY by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1997

"The full-color cartoons provide visual clues for readers and help further smooth the path to independent reading. (Fiction. 6-8)"
In this entry in the First Choice Chapter Book series, Willie is the reigning knock-knock king. Read full book review >

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VIRTUAL CODY by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"That omission turns the computer journal into an enjoyable gimmick almost wholly unrelated to the rest of the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Cody Michaels, hero of Hey, New Kid! (1996), is keeping a computer journal in his third-grade class, where Ms. Harvey has announced that each child will give an oral report on his or her name. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PUPPY LOVE by Betsy Duffey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
First in another formulaic series (``Pet Patrol'') aimed at middle-grade readers. Read full book review >

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THE GADGET WAR by Betsy Duffey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
When Albert Einstein Jones joins Kelly's third grade, it's ``hate at first sight'': proud of her status as class inventor, Kelly meets his competitive zeal with rancor that escalates as each attacks the other with not-so-ingenious pranks involving smelly goo, food catapults, etc. But when the orange that Kelly slings at Albert hits the principal by mistake, the resourceful Albert covers for her—with the unexpected result that he gets the blame. Read full book review >

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SHOELESS JOE & BLACK BETSY by Phil Bildner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"A lengthy synopsis of Joe's entire career and his statistics are appended. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Is great hitting in the clean, natural swing of the batter—or the perfectly balanced feel of the bat? Read full book review >