Search Results: "Blair Lent"


BOOK REVIEW

MOLASSES FLOOD by Blair Lent
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Attractive and offbeat. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A note explains that, though there really was once a flood when a molasses tank exploded (with tragic consequences not mentioned here), Lent bases his fantastical tale on a story his mother told him as a boy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEASTLY FEAST by Bruce Goldstone
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"Joyous prints and cut-outs use color, texture, and shapes, but there are also elements of storytelling not mentioned in the text: The sight of flies airlifting pies to the extravaganza is not to be missed. (Picture book. 2-6)"
In his picture-book debut, Goldstone serves up a grand meal of rhymes garnished by a colorful salsa of animal prints by Lent. 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 LENT HAND by Kathleen K.
Released: Nov. 12, 2011

"A comical, honest love story between two lost souls who complete each other."
A beautifully woven novel about an unusual boy and how he finds his way. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

A PECULIAR GRACE by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The ecstatic closing pages will strike some as over-the-top, but sensitively developed characters and gorgeous prose will keep most admirers of serious American fiction engaged in this moving, though flawed novel."
Another intense exploration of family ties, doomed love and existential questing from talented, risk-taking Lent (Lost Nation, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER YOU’VE GONE by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2009

"Readers will likely be angered by the arbitrary thwarting of two appealing characters, but the novel's prose is so gorgeous, its insights so mature, that they may be willing to accept its dark finale."
More strong, thoughtful fiction from Lent (A Peculiar Grace, 2007, etc.) about family ties and the hold of the past on protagonists pondering their direction into the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST NATION by Jeffrey Lent
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Lent is a writer who seems determined to scale some pretty formidable rhetorical and thematic heights. He's getting there."
A powerful impression of waste, loss, and guilt elevates the melodramatic and rather contrived content of this ambitious second novel by Vermont author Lent (In the Fall, 2000). Read full book review >