Search Results: "Cheryl Shaw Barnes"


BOOK REVIEW

MAESTRO MOUSE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE MISSING BATON by Peter W. Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"Audiences can skip this amateur hour at the National Symphony. (notes for parents and teachers, matching game, facts, a page for a written response) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
When Maestro Mouse loses his baton, a group of young concertgoers conduct a search through all the sections of the orchestra. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2012

"Vote—but not for this candidate. (resources for parents and teachers, additional information and activities, reproducible 'contract to vote.') (Picture book. 4-8)"
A mouse with a smile as wide as Ike's and outstretched arms as expansive as Nixon's runs a successful campaign for the presidency. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2013

"The runt of the litter of print titles and websites covering the topic. (bibliography, notes for adult readers) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
This tally of presidential pets reads like a school report (for all that the author is a journalist for Fox Business Network) and isn't helped by its suite of amateurish illustrations. Read full book review >

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I DECLARE, CHARLIE BROWN! by Diane Lindsey Reeves
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"Good grief! (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peanuts gang explains the origins of the American Revolution—kinda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHADOW OF HEAVEN by Bob Shaw
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"Hard to swallow, sometimes, with too many implausible gadgets; otherwise, professionally burnished if more than a tad stolid."
Revised edition of a 1969 paperback from the Belfast-born British resident author of Dark Night in Toyland, The Peace Machine, etc. In the 21st century, an unknown enemy has dusted the world's croplands with lethal herbicides. Read full book review >

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KILLER COUSINS by June Shaw
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2009

"Shaw amplifies Cealie's character, but her sophomore case lacks the spark of her debut."
An urgent request to help her cousin catapults Cealie Gunther (Relative Danger, 2006) into a murder case. Read full book review >

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Concrete Evidence by Jeff Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A simple tale with a hero who's just a regular guy, which makes him all the more likable and exemplary."
An agent in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, searching for missing parolees, fears that the Aryan Brotherhood may be responsible for their disappearances in Shaw's straightforward debut thriller. Read full book review >

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DEADLY REUNION by June Shaw
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 20, 2011

"Cealie's dithering is a bit annoying, but the killer comes as a surprise."
A mini-class reunion on an Alaskan cruise is a disaster from day one. Read full book review >

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RIVER OF THE SUN by Patricia Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 1992

"Well-balanced, unsentimental, vivid portrayal of the taming of Australia's Wild West."
Rich, compelling adventures set during the Australian Gold Rush in the late 1800's. Read full book review >

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RELATIVE DANGER by June Shaw
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 13, 2006

"In her maiden voyage, Cealia, whose angst certainly rings true, meets a mystery that will keep you guessing along with her."
A businesswoman arrives in Chicago to attend her granddaughter's graduation, little knowing that she'll need to solve a murder before she can leave town alive. Read full book review >

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NEWORLD PAPERS by KB Shaw
Released: Aug. 10, 2013

"An adventurous tale set in a unique, alien world populated by fascinating creatures, though some of the characters aren't quite as vivacious."
Shaw (AAA Pest Control, 2013, etc.) sets a thoughtful coming-of-age tale on a faraway planet, where terraforming has transformed a small continent into an Earth-like habitat but left vast stretches of wilderness and ocean teeming with life forms. Read full book review >