Search Results: "Charles R. Jr. Smith"


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28 DAYS by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A stellar achievement for the whole year—not just its shortest month. (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book/poetry. 4-10)"
Three pivotal Supreme Court cases, one amendment, and 25 great men and women make for memorable entries. Read full book review >

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ONE DEATH, NINE STORIES by Marc Aronson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Complex and emotionally demanding, this collection aims for and will resonate with serious readers of realistic fiction. (Short stories. 14-20)"
The death of Kevin, at once charismatic and tortured, is at the epicenter of this collection of short stories by nine well-known authors for teens, exploring the lives of his peers, acquaintances and family as it reveals how each of them is affected. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"Still, what baseball fan won't thrill at this game that included the likes of the Brown Bomber, Willie 'the Devil' Wells and the Tan Cheetah? (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Some of the best-ever baseball players face off in 1934 at the second annual Negro League All-Star game in Chicago. Read full book review >

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BRICK BY BRICK by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"An excellent title that provides an admirably accurate picture of slavery in America for younger readers. (author's note, selected resources) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The White House is truly the people's house. Read full book review >

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MY PEOPLE by Langston Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"All together, they are the perfect accompaniment to the classic poem and create a complex work of art that any age can relish. (photographer's note) (Picture book. 2-10)"
Hughes first published "My People" in 1923. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 2014

"An intelligent, elegant call to action in the defense of fresh water."
Porter (History/St. Edward's Univ.) addresses the legal, social, economic and environmental consequences of our present water rights system, a serious disaster in the making. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1988

"An excellent postscript suggesting 'further reading'—from Plato to Saul Bellow—appends this intelligent collection."
The prime minister of Conservatism and a government professor at Claremont McKenna College (Cal.) co-edit a greatly revised version of American Conservative Thought in the Twentieth Century (1970; out of print). Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Superb stories by writers who know and love the game; an ode to the show. (Linked short stories. 14 & up)"
Gladiators meet at the Cage, a fenced-in basketball court at West 4th in Manhattan, one of the legendary sites of playground ball. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A challenging, sometimes beautiful tribute to a modern-day hero—attractive, impressive and dramatic, but not a knockout. (timeline) (Poetry/nonfiction. 10+)"
Smith's most ambitious project to date celebrates the life of Muhammad Ali, from his Olympic gold medal in 1960, renowned fights with Sonny Liston and Joe Frazier, his personal battle with Parkinson's syndrome to the dramatic lighting of the Olympic torch at the 1996 Atlanta games. Read full book review >

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WHO NEEDS BIRDS WHEN DOGS CAN FLY? by Fay Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

A dog's day from a dog's own perspective is the unifying theme of this collection of 13 mostly non-rhyming poems by Robinson (Halloween, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

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HOOP KINGS by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A solid jump shot, but no slam-dunk. (Poetry. 8-14)"
Another of Smith's poetic tributes to hoops and the star athletes of the game and a companion to his earlier Hoop Queens. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Unfortunately, Loki isn't the most appealing dog on the block, as he looks rather like a snarling fox in several of the photos, but Alex is a handsome lad with lots of personality. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Smith (Short Takes: Fast Break Poetry, 2001, etc.) tells the story of a boy and his dog through large photographs and one- or two-sentence descriptions of their actions around a park. Read full book review >