Search Results: "Charles R. Smith Jr"


BOOK REVIEW

I AM THE WORLD by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"Well-intentioned and superficially attractive, this celebration of children and culture ultimately fails to educate or entertain. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Once again, Smith offers appealing portraits of children in an effort to express the value of diversity (My People, by Langston Hughes, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"In the end, Houdini realizes that writing has changed him and altered his perspective on people and life. Readers will feel the same way. And just try to get kids not to make their own lists or attempt their own novels. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A middle-schooler writes a kids' novel; an author writes an engaging, amiable read—and, presto, a tale about a boy nicknamed Houdini turns out magical. Read full book review >

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BLACK JACK by Charles R. Smith Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"The title pages and final spread show Johnson, backlit by a powerful sun, the perfect visual metaphor for the hope he gave to black Americans of his time. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Through poetry, quotations and some prose, the life of one of boxing's most important stars is celebrated, from his youth as the victim of bullies to the 1908 championship bout against a white fighter that made him a legend. 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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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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

SMITH by Leon Garfield
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"More Hogarth than Cruikshank, this lacks the gusto of Devil in the Fog (1966) but readers who respond to the author will follow him here."
"Smith. 'unted, 'ounded, 'omeless, and part gin-sodder. Smith. Read full book review >