Search Results: "Carol Lynn Thomas"


BOOK REVIEW

MATT'S GIFT by Carol Lynn Thomas
Released: May 15, 2012

"A sports-themed popcorn novel."
Matt Collier travels back in time to witness a legendary baseball game in Thomas' young adult, sci-fi mystery. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 11, 1998

"But, after all, Christmas is His birthday."
A Christmas "fable" by the author of A Stranger for Christmas (not reviewed) and Morning Glory Mother (1997). Read full book review >

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THE CHRISTMAS THINGAMAJIG by Lynn Manuel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The spreads that include both timeframes connect gracefully through various shared connecting devices: open doors, an old tree with spreading branches, or an open window, linking the past to the present. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young girl named Chloe is reluctant to enjoy Christmas because of her beloved grandmother's recent death in this bittersweet, well-told story. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF LIGHT by Joyce Carol Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Lyrical, earthy prose gives this deceptively simple story depth and richness."
An African-American doctor is blessed with the power to heal bodies and souls: in the first adult fiction by noted YA author Thomas (The Bowlegged Rooster, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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IN THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY by Joyce Carol Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Thomas and Cooper have given us, especially Californians, a moving love song. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Based on her family's move from Oklahoma to California in 1948 when she was 10, Thomas tells of the train trip and her subsequent love for the "Golden State" in poetic language distinguished by strong verbs and striking images. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I HAVE HEARD OF A LAND by Joyce Carol Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1998

"Cooper's dusty drawings portray both the isolation of the settlers' new life on the prairie, and the strong human bonds that helped them endure; his use of color gives the Oklahoma the look of paradise without sentimentalizing the work such a place entails. (Picture book. 7-11)"
Land was a symbol of freedom to African-Americans, many of them former slaves, who settled the Oklahoma Territory in the late 1800s. Read full book review >

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THE GOSPEL CINDERELLA by Joyce Carol Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Diaz's use of rich bold colors of purples, pinks, and leafy greens in strikingly patterned illustrations is spirited and beautiful, but is not enough to redeem the lackluster text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Those who love reading tales with Cinderella motifs will no doubt want to have this one, however disappointing it might be. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A rare and valuable insider's take."
Castro's Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Merchant Marine recounts his role as a secret revolutionary among the middle classes in the cities and plains of 1950s Cuba. Read full book review >

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MORNING GLORY MOTHER by Carol Lynn Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Call it a Hallmark Novel."
A treat for Mother's Day and, although less gripping than Pearson's nonfiction about her dead husband and single-parent child-raising (One on the Seesaw, 1988), a pleasant enough jam-smeared cràpe suzette for beleaguered moms. Read full book review >

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CROWNING GLORY by Joyce Carol Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"One unfortunate typographical error in which 'berets' is mistakenly used in place of 'barrettes' does not in any way mar an otherwise delightful work. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
A celebration of hair, the hair of beautiful African-American girls, is the focus of this collection of gentle, joyful poems. Read full book review >

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THE SIX FOOLS by Zora Neale Hurston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Whatever its trappings, the tale remains one of the drollest folktales around, and even young readers already familiar with it will be heartily amused by this lively American rendition. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
Richly hued oil monoprints in a childlike style give this Caribbean-flavored variant on "The Three Sillies" a rural African-American setting. Read full book review >