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

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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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 >

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NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"It may with those on the receiving end of bullying, but most likely not with those who are dishing it out. (empowerment resources) (Nonfiction. YA)"
Burton, the voice behind grrl.com, explains in five chapters the psychology behind "mean girl" behavior, how to deal with it and what can be done to stop it. Read full book review >

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HANGING BY HER TEETH by Bonnie Greer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Greer takes a powerful and refreshingly unusual stand, rejecting conventional notions of home and roots in favor of singularity and independence that add a new dimension to standard conceptions of black heritage and power."
In her debut novel, playwright Greer infuses the oft-told story of a woman's search for self with a rich African-American flavor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Solid research into the dilemmas regarding genetic screening and how it is used for fetuses and newborns."
When scientific ability and human desire coalesce into a potent tool that can profoundly change life. 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 >