Search Results: "Carolyn Marsden"


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STARFIELDS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"While the concluding author's note provides explication of some of these elements, some readers may not stick it out. (Spanish/Mayan glossary) (Fiction. 9-12)"
In Marsden's latest tale of cross-cultural friendship, a modern Mayan girl fights to protect her rural Mexican village from encroaching development. Read full book review >

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THE WHITE ZONE by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A decently executed exploration of the American presence in Iraq and the tensions between Shiites and Sunnis. (author's notes, glossary) (Fiction. 9-13)"
Young Iraqi cousins face their religious differences in war-torn Baghdad. Read full book review >

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SILK UMBRELLAS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Marsden includes a brief Thai glossary. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A gentle and exotic story about an 11-year-old girl's life in Thailand. Read full book review >

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MY OWN REVOLUTION by Carolyn Marsden
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Inspired by a true story, this easily accessible novel should appeal to teens who, like Patrik, are keen observors of the chaos that surrounds them. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A vivid portrait of life under the Communist rule of 1960s Czechoslovakia. Read full book review >

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THE QUAIL CLUB by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Middle-grade girls might find some interest in this classic school dilemma, enriched by the cross-cultural notes. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In this sequel to The Gold-Threaded Dress (2002), Oy, called Olivia by her American friends, wants to perform the Thai dances she loves in the fifth-grade talent show. Read full book review >

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MOON RUNNER by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Middle-grade readers will recognize the familiar details of the elementary-school setting and enjoy the satisfying outcome. (Fiction. 7-10)"
New to her school, fourth grader Mina is pleased to have found new friends, Sammy, Alana and Ruth. Read full book review >

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TAKE ME WITH YOU by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Despite the intriguing concept, this effort falls flat. (Italian glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
An orphanage for abandoned girls in Naples after World War II is the setting for this tale of two girls, now about 11, who have been there since they were babies. Read full book review >

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WHEN HEAVEN FELL by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"A good match with Andrea Warrren's Escape from Saigon (2004). (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nine-year-old Binh has dreamed of leaving her home in Vietnam and seeing the outside world, but now that world is coming to her. Read full book review >

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THE GOLD-THREADED DRESS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Those who read this short, character-driven story will remember the parallels between their personal experience and the forceful message, concluding that being kinder to new immigrants builds delightful friendships and provides interesting insights into rich cultures. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Oy silently cries out in frustration that her teacher and classmates do not accept her as Thai; her teacher issues her an "easier-to-remember" English name; and her fourth-grade classmates pull their round eyes into slits and call her "Chinita," little Chinese. Read full book review >

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Released: March 10, 1992

A penetrating biography of American painter Marsden Hartley, by Ludington (English and American Studies/Univ. of North Carolina; The Life of John Dos Passos, 1980). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Terms like 'communist' and 'treason' are used freely, setting up a sophisticated ideological battle for young readers with insubstantial knowledge of the event; a concluding author's note provides some background. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
An unlikely friendship between an African boy and white American is tested during the buildup to the Rhodesian civil war in Marsden's collaboration with her cousin. Read full book review >

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MAMA HAD TO WORK ON CHRISTMAS by Carolyn Marsden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Mexican Christmas traditions and Spanish words are interwoven throughout the story, though there is no glossary appended. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Gloria is a Latina girl who lives in San Diego with her mother, a hotel worker, and her father, a migrant farm worker who's away over the Christmas holiday. Read full book review >