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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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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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 >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2007

"Engaging illustrations in soft gray pencil endow each dog with additional personality, from Abu the hound in Egypt to Mimi the poodle in Paris. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Newbery Medalist Byars and her two daughters join forces for their third collaborative effort using a short-story format. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"A great choice for newly independent readers or sharing with groups and a terrific lead-in to Esther Averill's stories about Jenny Linsky. (Animal fantasy. 6-10)"
On the third full moon of the year, the MEOW (Memories Expressed in Our Writing) Society meets so cats from all over the world can get together to share their diaries and those of their ancestors. Read full book review >

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THE SOS FILE by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"An excellent package. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Mr. Margo gives his class the opportunity to earn extra credit by writing a personal essay for the "SOS File." Read full book review >