Search Results: "Bill Cheng"


BOOK REVIEW

SOUTHERN CROSS THE DOG by Bill Cheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"Not a perfect novel, but a strong voice and a compelling achievement."
A wildly ambitious debut novel—vividly imagined, frequently poetic—conjuring the Southern Delta of the first half of the 20th century as a fever dream, steeped in the blues. Read full book review >

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A Silent Strong Man by Judy Cheng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2014

"Patient readers will warm to this memoir's message to love one's distant dad before it's too late."
Cheng's debut memoir offers a tribute to her father and life lessons about loving a stoic person. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"At once intimate and universal; the riveting story of an unforgettable life lived during an unbelievable time. (Verse biography. 9 & up)"
Cheng follows on the Caldecott Honor-winning Dave the Potter, by Laban Carrick Hill and illustrated by Bryan Collier (2010), to further open up the fascinating life of the enslaved potter named Dave for children. Read full book review >

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THE BEAR MAKERS by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Bold chapter numbers are backed with strips of bear pattern-pieces with handwritten directions, a subtle motif that resembles the pieces of a crumbling family. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
Many stories about World War II experiences are personalized via handed-down accounts from relatives, and Cheng's novel, set in postwar Budapest, is no exception, as her grandmother was the original bear maker. Read full book review >

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HONEYSUCKLE HOUSE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2004

"Honesty and subtlety co-exist in Cheng's thoughtful, never-didactic writing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This deft character-driven story about two ten-year-old girls rings with clarity. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2007

"For those ready to be eased of their burdens, Cheng provides a lift."
An inspirational miscellany from one of the braver souls on the planet. Read full book review >

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by Mark Athitakis

In 1922 the poet Ezra Pound wrote that “the Christian Era ended at midnight on Oct. 29-30 of last year”—that is, the moment James Joyce finished writing Ulysses. Pound’s pronouncement helped stoke a kind of folk tale that has accompanied the novel ever since. Joyce unleashed his experimental masterwork, the story goes, and then the rest of the literary world ...


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BOOK REVIEW

WHERE DO YOU STAY? by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"While the rather abrupt ending leaves unanswered questions, especially about Damon and Mr. Willie, Jerome himself makes a fully realized, deeply sympathetic protagonist. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From the author of Where the Steps Were (2008) comes this story of loss and healing through friendship, family and music. Read full book review >

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ONE CHILD by Christopher Cheng
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"His depiction of the brilliance achieved aids the simple, restrained text enormously, as he adds the layers needed for making the text specific. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Disheartened by environmental destruction, a girl determines to do all she can to reverse the process in Cheng's optimistic invitation to personal action. Read full book review >

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SEE YOU IN THE COSMOS by Jack Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious. (Fiction. 10-14)"
If you made a recording to be heard by the aliens who found the iPod, what would you record? Read full book review >

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WHERE THE STEPS WERE by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Quietly lovely. (Poetry. 9-12)"
A delicate verse cycle gives readers a series of snapshots of the lives of five children in an inner-city school. Read full book review >

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THE LACE DOWRY by Andrea Cheng
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2005

"The final resolution supplies both enlightenment and a small measure of reassurance in a deftly sketched historical setting. (author's note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1933 Budapest, Juli is a tall, awkward 12-year-old who loves reading. Read full book review >