Search Results: "Bill Kurtis"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Points well-made, well-taken, and well-worthy of discussion."
Europeans despise us for it, religious leaders decry it, politicians hang their careers on it. The death penalty is part of the American landscape. And it's just plain wrong. Read full book review >

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MUDVILLE by Kurtis Scaletta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2009

"While the outcome of the replayed baseball game and Roy's heroics are typical of the genre, there is no real denouement to all the other elements, and in the end readers probably won't care. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The rain started in the fourth inning of the big game between two rival towns. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOTING FOR RAFAEL ROSALES by Kurtis Scaletta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Full of heart and hope. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A young man grows up in the Dominican Republic with ambitions to play baseball while a young girl in Minnesota finds the world both bigger and more encouraging when she becomes his fan. Read full book review >

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MAMBA POINT by Kurtis Scaletta
ANIMALS
Released: July 13, 2010

"Linus eventually begins to sort out his place in the world—or at least in his area of influence—in a tale tinted with magical realism that is by turns scary and very funny. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Scaletta's expertly voiced narrative offers an experience of Africa—specifically, Monrovia, Liberia, in 1982—through the eyes of Linus, a Dayton, Ohio, seventh grader whose family has just arrived for a diplomatic posting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TANGLEWOOD TERROR by Kurtis Scaletta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

Creeping, invasive, blue-glowing mushrooms threaten to destroy a Maine town unless the intrepid hero, eighth-grader Eric, can fend them off. Read full book review >

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WHEN AUNT LENA DID THE RHUMBA by Eileen Kurtis-Kleinman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

Kurtis-Kleinman's debut sets out to tickle children silly with the hijinks of narrator Sophie's lovable, irrepressible, show-biz-in-its-blood extended family. Read full book review >

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BILL ROORBACH
by Gregory McNamee

Bobby Mullendore, a sixth grader, has just committed the perfect crime: he’s excused himself, permanently, from school with a crafty stratagem, and now he’s on the loose, ready to enjoy a Huck Finn existence of wandering in the woods of a country estate. Alas, those woods hold other plans for him, for a man who “smelled of cologne” and “looked ...


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BILL HAYES
by Alex Layman

Bill Hayes was 48 when he moved from San Francisco to New York. His longtime partner had died suddenly, and after a lifetime on the West Coast, Hayes was looking for a place to reinvent himself. In New York, he found exactly that. Shortly after moving, Hayes begins a relationship with famed neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. What unfolds from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LOOK AND SEE by Bill Kontzias
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"What's 'not-the-same' as any given I Spy title? Not much. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a set of side-by-side scenes made with scads of small toys, buttons, stones, plastic letters or craft materials, Kontzias invites viewers to spot which items have been moved or removed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEARD IN A BOX by Bill Cotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"Yes, dads are awesome, and if you hang out with them, they'll teach you to be awesome too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A boy scientifically proves that it's the beard that makes his dad so awesome. So…how to get one? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRANSFORMED by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Closing with a look at 11 basic substances (plus one process, 'Recycling'), this behind-the-scenes-at-the-factory tour isn't going to dislodge David Macaulay's New Way Things Work (1998) from the top of the heap of similar titles, but it makes good light fare for casual browsing. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Slavin boils down the processing or construction of 39 common products, from baseballs to kitty litter, into a few steps—each of which is illustrated with a cartoon scene featuring a crew of thumb-sized workers in overalls. Read full book review >

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BIG TOP OTTO by Bill Slavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Nonthreatening, nonstop mayhem…next stop: Tinseltown! (Graphic adventure. 8-11)"
Otto the peanut-allergic elephant cracks another case. Read full book review >