Search Results: "Bonnie Shimko"


BOOK REVIEW

YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO by Bonnie Shimko
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 26, 2013

"It's a fast-moving tale with an engagingly complex protagonist, but it suffers from its credibility issues. (Thriller. 12-17)"
Fifteen-year-old Maggie, or Mary-Magdalene, as her flaky young mother Roxanne optimistically christened her, hears a didactic male voice inside her head instructing her precisely how and when to kill individuals who have wronged her friends. Read full book review >

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LETTERS IN THE ATTIC by Bonnie Shimko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Brisk, fun, and good-natured."
Winning debut describes a young girl coming of age during the 1960s. Read full book review >

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THE PRIVATE THOUGHTS OF AMELIA E. RYE by Bonnie Shimko
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"What propels this otherwise undistinguished coming-of-age story forward is the strong bond of friendship that deepens over time between Amelia and Fancy. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Despite Amelia E. Rye's confession that, "I'm a very good liar. Read full book review >

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KAT’S PROMISE by Bonnie Shimko
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A near miss. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Kat's already precarious family dynamics are shaken completely when the aunt whom she blames for her mother's death becomes her guardian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Meritorious but ultimately disappointing. (author's notes, bibliography, discography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
The brilliant jazz guitarist's life from birth in a Roma camp to stardom on a floodlit Paris stage,is sketched in free verse and vibrant oils. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOODY GUTHRIE by Bonnie Christensen
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"A powerful, lyrical tribute to the musician whose music is so much a part of our lives. (Biography. 8-10)"
This moving biography honors the life and work of the legendary folk singer who celebrated the lives of working people all over the US. Read full book review >

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AN EDIBLE ALPHABET by Bonnie Christensen
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1994

"But it's the air of well-being that infuses these prints that draws attention and, ultimately, the delicately incised lines, sure sense of design, and subtly added color that delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Christensen makes a handsome debut with wood engravings that recall the woodcuts of fellow-Vermonter Mary Azarian (A Farmer's Alphabet, 1981, o.p.). Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE WINTER by Bonnie Geisert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Little House on the Prairie fans might enjoy this one, particularly on a chilly day with a cozy cup of cocoa to keep them company. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Like Geisert's Prairie Summer and Lessons (2002, 2007), this sequel is set in 1950s South Dakota and is based on the author's childhood experiences. Read full book review >

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THE HAUNTED IGLOO by Bonnie Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Still, Jean-Paul's successful rites of passage may strike a response in readers who enjoyed Gardiner's Stone Fox (1980), or may lead them into Paulsen's Dogsong (1985) and Woodsong (1990). (Fiction. 8-12)"
Small for his age and lame, Jean-Paul, ten, is almost overwhelmed by life in the remote Alaskan wilderness where his father has been working for two years. Read full book review >

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AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS by Bonnie Pipkin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 27, 2017

"Although Gen may be hard for readers to connect to, her story is interesting enough they may well stick with her anyway. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Pipkin's debut leads readers on a journey through grief to hope again. Read full book review >

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FIRST FAMILIES by Bonnie Angelo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Somewhat arbitrarily organized but constantly revealing and intimate, a must for any political junkie's personal bookshelf."
A sweeping panorama of family life on Pennsylvania Avenue. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUT OF ORDER by Bonnie MacDougal
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Bravo."
MacDougal's third (Angle of Impact, 1998, etc.) finds the author in ripping form, her writing keener and more glamorous than ever. Read full book review >