Search Results: "Cheryl B. Dale"


BOOK REVIEW

TAXED TO THE MAX by Cheryl B. Dale
Released: Dec. 19, 2012

"As full of folksy charm as an Alabama tick, Dale's mystery debut will have readers laughing while they cringe at the idiosyncratic characters' antics."
The down-home tale of a young girl in over her head when she gets drafted to replace the murdered tax commissioner. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC WORDS by Cheryl B. Klein
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers serious about writing for young people could do far worse than start here."
An industry leader offers a manual for aspiring writers of fiction for children and teens. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS JEFFERSON by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

Thomas Jefferson was a "man of contradictions," an eloquent champion of freedom and equality, yet a slaveholder who fathered several children with Sally Hemings, a slave and half-sister to Martha Jefferson. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS OF THE WHITE HOUSE by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"The least successful painting appears on the jacket, where various presidents float in the air and sit on the roof of this famous building. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A factual picture book offers a good look at the White House and thumbnail sketches of its occupants, past and present. Read full book review >

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THE REMARKABLE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 6, 2005

"Replete with pithy quotes and closing with a lengthy, wide-ranging timeline, this tribute kicks off what is likely to be a national celebration of Franklin's tercentenary on a strong, sure note. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Harness takes Franklin from a "sick-of-soap-and-candles, sea-hankering boy" to contented, renowned old age, retracing well-traveled territory but slipping in frank acknowledgements that his first son was illegitimate and his other children born of a common-law marriage. Read full book review >

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YOUNG JOHN QUINCY by Cheryl Harness
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Notes, maps, diagrams and bibliography provide further context, but—as she did with Three Young Pilgrims (1992)— Harness makes historical incidents nearly incomprehensible by densely packing her pages with name- and event-dropping. (Picture book. 6-9)"
``Johnny's'' father is away at the Constitutional Congress when this book opens; it will be another year before the Declaration of Independence is written. Read full book review >

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MS. SNEED'S GUIDE TO HYGIENE by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"While some spreads are more effective than others, this is an eye-catching approach to a potentially dull topic. (Pop-up. 3-8)"
An off-the-wall approach to hygiene that puts its message across via the funnybone. Ms. Sneed, with turquoise glasses and a wild spout of hair, talks about ordinary topics such as dental care and hair-washing in a snappy, rhythmic vernacular designed to make listeners to sit up and take notice. Read full book review >

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SEEING EYE WILLIE by Dale Gottlieb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"This imaginary story is childlike, but it doesn't advance understanding of Willie's plight, and the implicit conclusion—that speculation is fruitless and could be unkind—is disturbingly at odds with the elaborate fantasy, which takes up more than half the book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another flawed attempt to deal with children's concerns about the homeless. Read full book review >

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THREE YOUNG PILGRIMS by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"The panoramic watercolors are attractive, with expertly composed, cinematic scenes, but the text, pursuing its separate agenda, regrettably never catches up. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Mary, Remember, and Bartholomew Allerton were among the youngest on the Mayflower's first voyage; the words here tell how, with the other newcomers, they suffer tremendous losses but gradually come to view Plymouth as home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DINOSAUR PIRATES! by Penny Dale
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Rousing dino adventure with enough tooth-to-claw fighting for an exciting climax. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A dino yo ho ho and away we go! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUR COLONIAL YEAR by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Closing with a hard-to-decipher map, this effort falls well below the author's usual standard. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Harness's attempt to portray common colonial-era activities through the seasons by pairing a scene set in each of the 13 colonies to a month (plus New Year to make it come out even) goes awry on several counts. Read full book review >