Search Results: "Charlotte Riley-Webb"


BOOK REVIEW

STRANGE FRUIT by Gary Golio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A must-read, must-discuss that will speak to children and linger with adults.(Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
Lynching: a strange and difficult but important topic for a song—and for this picture book. Read full book review >

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SEED MAGIC by Jane Buchanan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"In the end, good intentions, bright colors, a gentle voice and an agreeable theme do not jell into a successful book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale about the quest for magic and beauty struggles to bring its various parts together, leaving only an impression of what the story might have been. Read full book review >

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RENT PARTY JAZZ by William Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Simply terrific. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Dignified and joyful illustrations underscore a story of a group of people who find themselves in dire economic straits yet rise above these limitations through their collective creative efforts. Read full book review >

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AROUND OUR WAY ON NEIGHBORS' DAY by Tameka Fryer Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A stronger choice for celebrating city summers and community is Ruth Forman's Young Cornrows Callin Out the Moon, illustrated by Cbabi Bayoc (2007). (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Blue sky, no clouds, / Summer heat, side street, / Whirling, whizzing feet. / Everyone is out to play / Today, around our way." Read full book review >

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CHARLOTTE by David Foenkinos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2016

"A searing portrait of a brilliant artist that doesn't reveal anything new about its subject."
Charlotte Salomon, a real-life German Jewish artist, created a small but radiant body of work before dying in the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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TANGLED WEBB by Eloise McGraw
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

Juniper Webb's new stepmother is nearer her own age (12) than Dad's, but—though protective of family traditions she associates with her dead mother—Juniper is prepared to welcome Kelsey and her toddler son, Preston. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2005

"A larger-than-life story, told with panache."
Shevelow (English/Univ. of Calif., San Diego) reconstructs the life of a colorful, cross-dressing thespian. Read full book review >

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BEATRICE WEBB by Carole Seymour-Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"Seymour-Jones provides in this lucid and objective life."
It seemed unlikely that Beatrice Webb (nÇe Potter: 1858-1943)- -the eighth of nine daughters in a wealthy Victorian family—would develop into a political scientist and marry homely, impoverished Sidney Webb, with whom she founded the London School of Economics and The New Statesman. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting ploy, and if the inner workings are a bit too obvious, still a good read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1901, Mable, 14, and her older sister, Viola, board with a dairy-farm family in Ontario. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Several horrifying ends can be imagined along the way, but the one that actually occurs is no less grim for being unpredictable. (Fiction. YA)"
This probing exploration of whether a ninth-grader can already be "irreparably damaged" is upsetting and scary. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF RILEY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"Molly is a bit too clever and reckless to be totally convincing, but Bowen's highly detailed picture of New York at the turn of the century is a delight."
A second sabbatical from her Welsh policeman hero Evan Evans (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) takes Bowen back to the summer of 1901 for a second chapter in the life of Molly Murphy (Murphy's Law, 2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLOTTE BRONTË by Claire Harman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2016

"A delightfully engaging biography of a highly talented but deeply troubled prodigy of English literature."
Accomplished biographer Harman (Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, 2010, etc.) returns with a lively account of the life of Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855).Read full book review >