Search Results: "Bill Harley"


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NIGHT OF THE SPADEFOOT TOADS by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Although the outcome is entirely predictable, Harley's appealing story shows readers that adults and children can connect in meaningful friendships, and reminds them that conservation can begin in their own backyards. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Recently relocated to Massachusetts, fifth-grader Ben Moroney is homesick for the desert, lizard and best friend he left behind in Arizona. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE SQUEAKING SKULL by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Life is the best teacher, and if Charlie can survive all the troubles that come his way, maybe others can too. (Fiction. 7-10) "
Award-winning storyteller Harley serves up hilarious high jinks squirming with Halloween trouble. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Readers will be waiting to see how Charlie faces his next challenge in a series that marks a lovely change of pace from the sarcasm of Wimpy Kid. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Charlie Bumpers is doomed. The one teacher he never wanted in the whole school turns out to be his fourth-grade teacher. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE REALLY NICE GNOME by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Charlie's fans will be psyched to see that Charlie Bumpers vs. the Squeaking Skull is scheduled for fall 2014. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Charlie Bumpers knows the role he wants in the fourth-grade class play: Evil Sorcerer Kragon. What does he get? The Nice Gnome. Boogers. Read full book review >

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DEAR SANTA by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"There's a lot packed into this holiday package: humorous action, subtle humor and growth in the main character, all wrapped up with authentic reasons for a child to write persuasively. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Jimmy Dobbins is a young hockey player who has been very good all year—or so he tells Santa in a letter with a long list of gift requests. Read full book review >

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SITTING DOWN TO EAT by Bill Harley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"With Harvill's frenetic cut-paper collages, this is playful and lively. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sitting Down To Eat ($15.95; Sept. 1996; 32 pp.; 0-87483-460- 0): A song becomes a cumulative rhyming story about a child sitting down to eat, repeatedly interrupted by knocks at the door and animals clamoring to join in. ``If I've got enough for me, yes, that's true./If I've got enough for me,/I've got enough for you./Come on in!'' The rhymes maintain a strong beat; children will love shouting out refrains, as well as the ``BOOM'' that brings the house down when one last visitor is admitted. Read full book review >

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LOST AND FOUND by Adam Gustavson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Within this child's view of the world, full of questions and pressure and misunderstanding, wisdom comes—sometimes from the unlikeliest places. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Storyteller Harley embodies a child's fears with humor and sympathy. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE BUMPERS VS. THE PUNY PIRATES by Bill Harley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A sixth book in the series is expected, to the delight of Charlie's fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Master storyteller Harley scores again with fourth-grader Charlie Bumpers and friends as they suffer on a losing soccer team. Read full book review >

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DIRTY JOE THE PIRATE by Bill Harley
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Clever rhyming, plus illustrations filled with colorfully clad pirates and soiled laundry hoist the audience appeal here to the tiptop of the mast. (Picture book. 5-9)"

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LEAP INTO POETRY by Avis Harley
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Poetry buffs and teachers will enjoy the varied types of poetry, kids, the humorous poems, but otherwise this is a more of a stumble than a leap. (Poetry. 7-10)"
A combination poetry book, instruction manual, and collection of bug facts is the latest companion to Harley's Fly with Poetry (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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GRANDMA SUMMER by Harley Jessup
Released: June 1, 1999

"Readers will want to stay, smell the salt air, and learn more from Grandma. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This is a terrific story about place and connections across time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 21, 2016

"Presents a convincing, clearly written argument for a research-based instructional technique, supported by evidence of success; should be a welcome addition to any elementary school teacher's arsenal."
An Australian educator shares a simple method to improve spelling. Read full book review >