Search Results: "Brenda Lynn"


BOOK REVIEW

TO BE A DRUM by evelyn coleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"That's the moment, in this joyful and robust chronicle, to turn to the art, where the energetic montages bustle with multi-textured backgrounds and figures, employing cloth, cotton, old buttons, sisal, wool, clay, and more, in theatrical, pulsing settings. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The drum is a mytho-poetic symbol that links people to their African roots and to the rhythm of the earth, or so Daddy Wes tells his children, Mat and Martha. Read full book review >

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A STREET CALLED HOME by Aminah Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"There is an agreeable sentimentality to this 1940s tableaux that refuses to go pretty, a sense that readers are witnessing the real thing. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an accordion book with flaps, an extraordinary celebration of Mount Vernon Avenue, a street that sprang from an Ohio shantytown called the Blackberry Patch that was the destination for many African-Americans pushing north during the turn of the century. Read full book review >

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A SCHOOL FOR POMPEY WALKER by Michael J. Rosen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

The collaborators on Elijah's Angel (1992) have created a remarkable novella disguised as a picture book in which Pompey Walkera composite character made up of voices and facts drawn from different slave-narrativesreminisces for a group of children in the new elementary school bearing his name. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE by Mem Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A story that will appeal more to parents than to the target audience. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Using the relationship between an African-American girl and her grandfather, Fox (Tough Boris, p. 479, etc.) has written a simple tale about the life cycle. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A fine tribute to an intriguing character; an interfaith story with true respect for both faiths. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Elijah Pierce (1892-1984) was an African-American barber in Columbus, Ohio—as well as a widely exhibited woodcarver (first prize at the International Meeting of Naive Art in Zagreb) and a lay minister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2014

"Infused with humor, hope and cleareyed compassion—a fresh take on an old paradigm. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Violet's a bright, engaging biracial preteen, resigned to a "predictable summer of boring nothing" in small-town Washington; happily, for her and for readers, she couldn't be more wrong. Read full book review >

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CEMETERY STREET by Brenda Seabrooke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2008

"Bucky's first dog meets a gruesome end and there are hints about Satanic involvement, but these elements clash with the apparent main plot of new-girl-moves-to-town-and-conquers-all-she-encounters-with-guts. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Arriving with their oft-wedded but currently single mom in Limbo Key, Fla., when their car dies, Courtney and little brother Bucky are not pleased with their rental on Cemetery Street. Read full book review >

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DEFINITELY COOL by Brenda Wilkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Nevertheless, Roxanne's honesty and zeal, the affectionate bumbling of her longtime friend Rolland, and a liberal dose of contemporary slang make for an easy, timely slide through the first days of junior high. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Roxanne's exhilaration as she faces seventh grade is tempered only by her penchant for worry. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"A lively tale of clashing egos and national pride that reveals more about our own times than the Stone Age. (16 pages of b&w photographs, not seen, map)"
A wellresearched and thoroughly fascinating account of the scientific, political, and commercial ramifications following the discovery of a Stone Age man's mummified corpse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOTTA FIND ME AN ANGEL by Brenda Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2006

"Unlikely but successful combination of light humor and introspection."
Country music elegy to a long-lost woman, lesbian-style. Read full book review >

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ROSALIND FRANKLIN by Brenda Maddox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"At once a scientific exploration and a personal history, Maddox's biography is inviting and ultimately satisfying. (16 pages b&w photos)"
This engagingly direct biography of Franklin encapsulates her vital contributions to science and in particular the deciphering of DNA while providing a durable portrait of a forceful personality. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A concrete business guide that emphasizes relationship building."
In her latest how-to for business executives, Bence (Leading YOU, 2016, etc.) proposes a people-oriented approach for leadership. Read full book review >