Search Results: "Blair Drawson"


BOOK REVIEW

FLYING DIMITRI by Blair Drawson
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The flight has failed, and perhaps all such flights are doomed to fail, but Dimitri declares himself happy to be homea situation shared by many readers and one that is sufficiently full to be satisfying. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Drawson (Mary Margaret's Tree, 1996) tells a bittersweet, imaginative tale of a boy's bedtime flight, which comes at tooth- brushing time at the end of a happy day—his father's birthday. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARY MARGARET'S TREE by Blair Drawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Mary Margaret takes some amazing transformations in stride, and whether she's curled up in hibernation or bent over her dinner at the end, she's a heroine who doesn't merely accept her lot, but makes the very best of it. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This tale of a shrinking girl is both engaging and imaginative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Still, the unusual theme of this collection, and its historical links to the still-mysterious Minoans, will draw students of these ancient stories. (glossary of names) (Folktales. 8-12)"
Weaving across the boundaries between myth and history, Oberman connects 13 Crete-centered tales from unspecified sources into a series of related episodes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARACHNE SPEAKS by Kate Hovey
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A powerful, disturbing debut for Hovey. (Picture book/folktale. 11+)"
Both principals narrate this tempestuous, erratically rhymed version of the classic story of the battle between Arachne (in black text) and Athena (in red). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BONNIE BLAIR by Cathy Breitenbucher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"A rewarding read for kids interested in sports. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Breitenbucher, for ten years a sportswriter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, records the amazing career of speed skater Bonnie Blair, who trained in Milwaukee. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BETRAYAL OF MAGGIE BLAIR by Elizabeth Laird
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"If Maggie sometimes seems oddly naïve for a person of such an age at that time, her point of view will resonate with teenagers today, as will her death-defying journey, her scrappiness and determination in the face of extreme poverty and little love. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Sixteen-year-old Maggie lives a poor life in 17th-century Scotland with her Granny, whose ill temper, foul mouth and skills at healing make her an easy target for the witch-hunting church. Read full book review >

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A MARY BLAIR TREASURY OF GOLDEN BOOKS by Mary Blair
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"For Boomers, a nostalgic trip back to their diaper-clad days, and if not exactly multicultural (despite some song lyrics in German and French), still enjoyable for today's young children. (introduction) (Picture book collection. 3-5, adult)"
Despite the art's distinctly retro look and coloring, the five Golden Books in this gathering—four complete, one excerpted—only rarely come off as period pieces. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A mesmerizing, rarely mentioned piece of labor history, crackingly told. (10 b&w photographs, not seen)"
A stunning re-creation of the great West Virginia uprising of 1921, when some 10,000 armed miners confronted coal operators and their hired guns in an attempt to unionize. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BLAIR AND THE GREAT HINCKLEY FIRE by Josephine Nobisso
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"As such it is an exciting introduction to a little-known incident in American history and to a genuine African-American hero. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Move over Casey Jones—John Blair is a legitimate hero who helped save the lives of 300 passengers on a train caught in a terrifying firestorm in Minnesota in 1894. Read full book review >

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HOW EMILY BLAIR GOT HER FABULOUS HAIR by Susan Garrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Readers will love Emily Blair's creations, right down to the last dented curl. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A book about Emily Blair, who has straight hair and tries everything to make it curly like her friend Pamela's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY ANIMAL FARM by Karen Blair
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Here's hoping these youngsters step out for another adventure very soon. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A gaggle of tots meets various baby animals at the farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GHOST RUNNER by Blair Richmond
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 15, 2012

"Thoroughly entertaining. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
Vegan vampires, Shakespearean actors, food-co-op aficionados and serious runners face off against old-school bloodsuckers and rapacious, forest-devouring builders in this follow-up to Out of Breath (2011) set in—where else?—Lithia (Ashland in disguise), Ore. Read full book review >