Search Results: "Bill Farnsworth"


BOOK REVIEW

BILL by Chap Reaver
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Laced with wonderfully dry humor and pungent observations, a grand yarn that begs to be shared aloud, and again. (Fiction. 10+)"
From the late author of Mote (1990) and A Little Bit Dead (1992; both Edgar winners), an endearing story that, despite its compelling climax and some pleasingly melodramatic features, is markedly less violent than its predecessors. Read full book review >

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LOUIS SOCKALEXIS by Bill Wise
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

Capped by a climactic 1897 at-bat against the New York Giants' fireballer Amos Rusie, this short profile highlights the achievements of the first verifiable Native American to play in the Major Leagues. Read full book review >

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SOJO by Pam Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"An action-filled story about dog sledding and teamwork presented in just the right way for its readership. (Adventure. 8-12)"
An Alaskan sled dog narrates her adventures. Read full book review >

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THE HUNTER'S PROMISE by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Bruchac and Farnsworth honor the Indians of the Northeast, the written versions of the tale, and the elders and Wabanaki tellers who keep this story alive. (author's note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-8)"
An Abenaki retelling of a traditional story of various indigenous nations of the Northeast that centers on loyalty and humans' relation to nature. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA’S MUSIC by Alison Acheson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"This may comfort families in similar situations, but as an educational tool about Alzheimer's, it falls flat. (Picture book. 7-10)"
This emotional look at a family living with Alzheimer's disappoints with its lack of depth. Read full book review >

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BUFFALO SONG by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2008

"A first buy for public and school libraries. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The fictional story of one orphaned buffalo calf, Little Thunder Hoof, becomes the vehicle for Bruchac's tale of one extraordinary family and its commitment to saving the Buffalo People. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE SCHOOL by Avi
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

In his third entry in the I Can Read Chapter Book series, master storyteller Avi (Abigail Takes the WheeI, 1999, etc.) offers another transitional chapter book with a historical setting, this time the isolated prairie of Colorado in pioneer days. Read full book review >

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VALLEY FORGE by Richard Ammon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This could supplement, but not replace, Richard Conrad Stein's Valley Forge (1985), or Libby Hughes's more detailed Valley Forge (1998). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Noting that the Continental Army's winter at Valley Forge has become "a saga wrapped in myth and legend," Ammon uses a mix of primary and secondary sources to separate fact from fiction. Read full book review >

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CONESTOGA WAGONS by Richard Ammon
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Still this is a strikingly well-done essay on a slice of Americana seldom told and well worth exploring. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
In a tribute to "the tractor-trailers of their time," the author describes in loving detail the history and value of the uniquely designed Conestoga wagon. Read full book review >

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SALLY ARNOLD by Cheryl Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Atmospheric and capturing the interplay of light and shadow, these fully convey mountain life and reveal Sally's robust personality early on. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Spending the summer with her grandfather, Jenny meets lots of neighbors in his hill country general store. Read full book review >

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BY THE SWORD by Selene Castrovilla
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"This young officer's crisis of conscience makes a worthy theme to explore, but young students will gain more insight into the soldiers' war from such conventional nonfiction as Richard Ammon's Valley Forge (2004). (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
In this fictionalized episode from the Battle of Long Island, 22-year-old Lieutenant Benjamin Tallmadge wrestles belatedly with the reality of killing and the possibility of being killed on the battlefield. Read full book review >

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THE KLONDIKE KID by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"With cliffhanger chapter endings, can't-miss drama and a captivating setting, Hopkinson brings her considerable storytelling and research skills to readers who are just beginning to read longer books. (author's note, Web sites) (Fiction. 6-9)"
After stowing away on a ship to Alaska, 11-year-old Davey faces the challenges of living in Alaska, searching for his only relative, and climbing the treacherous and dangerous Chilkoot Trail. Read full book review >