Search Results: "Bettye Stroud"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PATCHWORK PATH by Bettye Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Stroud and Bennett tread a similar path to the one walked by Clara in Deborah Hopkinson's landmark Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt (1993). (afterword) (Picture book. 4-9)"
Ten-year-old Hannah learned the secret messages of her Mama's precious quilt. Read full book review >

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DOWN HOME AT MISS DESSA'S by Bettye Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"These problems don't ruin the generous sentiments of the story, but they render them less forceful. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two picture-book newcomers create a remembrance of a special friendship from a summer day in an African American community in the rural south of the 1940s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"An intergenerational story filled with heart and soul. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Civil Rights Movement had many heroes, but none as unusual as Belle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANCE Y’ALL by Bettye Stroud
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A quiet story useful for children dealing with fear. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Jack Henry is excited that his kinfolk are coming to celebrate the harvest, but he's seen a coach-whip snake in the barn, where he and his cousin will be spending the night to make room for the company. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEADLY FORCE by Carsten Stroud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Large doses of blood, guns, and creeps, served up with Stroud's characteristic mettle."
Stroud is back in his territory of true-life heroes and villains (Lizardskin, 1992; Iron Bravo, 1995) in this crackling story of a US marshal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHEOBE MAE by Bettye Hammer Givens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"A historical romance that lacks both historical grounding and touching romance."
The driest slice of historical fiction aimlessly following one woman's insipid life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHISPERING SKULL by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Rousing adventures for young tomb robbers and delvers into realms better left to the dead. (Ghost adventure. 11-13)"
An occult portal and its spectral guardian nearly cut short the careers of three rising young ghost hunters in this madcap sequel to The Screaming Staircase (2013).Read full book review >

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THE SCREAMING STAIRCASE by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A heartily satisfying string of entertaining near-catastrophes, replete with narrow squeaks and spectral howls. (Ghost adventure. 11-13)"
Three young ghost trappers take on deadly wraiths and solve an old murder case in the bargain to kick off Stroud's new post-Bartimaeus series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEROES OF THE VALLEY by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"This hinders the flow but emphasizes the profound cultural permeation of these tales; when Halli confronts not just enemies and monsters but a dead legendary hero, readers will find a provocative examination of religion buried underneath the excitement. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
This action-packed adventure shrewdly subverts the epic-hero genre even while reaffirming it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLEM’S EYE by Jonathan Stroud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Stay tuned for more thrills. (character list) (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Picking up two years after The Amulet of Samarkand ended, this sequel continues the original's fast-paced excitement and is enriched by a broader moral view and a third main character. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 1994

"A little more delineation of landscape, or a closer look at previous Antarctic expeditions, would have been a welcome relief from this nonstop tale of woe."
The story of an unsupported, near-lunatic, two-man trek across the Antarctic wastes becomes an occasion for Stroud (doctor and explorer) to pound his chest as he details the truly revolting putrefaction of his body and mind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CUBA STRAIT by Carsten Stroud
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Shallow characterizations, sketchy motivations, and, for this action-oriented writer (Black Water Transit, 2001, etc.), a surprising amount of yada-yada."
Bitter ex-cop and his pal take on Castro and his minions, in Stroud's fourth—and disappointingly punchless—suspenser. Read full book review >