Search Results: "Chris West"


BOOK REVIEW

A HISTORY OF BRITAIN IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS by Chris West
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Stamp collectors and Anglophile history buffs alike will enjoy this book—and for the reader who's both, it's a sure bet."
A philatelic journey through Old Blighty, suitably geeky at moments, though not without a robust nostalgia for empire and better days. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THIRTY-SIX POSTAGE STAMPS by Chris West
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Lightweight but informative, like a classy commemorative."
The author of A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps (2013) returns with a similar volume for the United States. Read full book review >

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FINDING THE STORY WITH CHRIS BARTON
by Julie Danielson

The “sneaky, stripy” camouflaged ships of World War I, painted with unconventional patterns so as to confuse the enemy, may be the subject at hand in Chris Barton’s new picture book, Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion, but it’s really about so much more. It’s also a book about information overload, changing technology, war strategy, art ...


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THE LAST, THE FIRST, THE BEST
by Julie Danielson

Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just ...


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MAKING MUSIC WITH MUDDY
by Julie Danielson

I love to see well-crafted picture book biographies of musicians. Some of my favorite picture books ever fall into this category—Chris Raschka’s Charlie Parker Played Be Bop; Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, illustrated by Brian Pinkney; Gary Golio’s Jimi Sounds Like a Rainbow,illustrated by Javaka Steptoe; and Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey, also ...


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MINING MEMORIES WITH PATRICIA MACLACHLAN
by Julie Danielson

At nearly 80 years old, very little slows down Patricia MacLachlan. The author, best known for her Newbery Medal-winning novel Sarah, Plain and Tall, is busy gathering memories to tell her fans even more stories – in the form of both picture books and novels for child readers.

In her newest picture book, Someone Like Me, MacLachlan looks back to ...


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A THING OF WONDER
by Julie Danielson

Here is something poet and Newbery author Kwame Alexander writes in the preface of his brand-new book, Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets, coming to shelves in March. I think I literally applauded when I read this, since sadly, poetry is sometimes the neglected child in language arts educational programs across the country:

“I remember reading and reading lots of ...

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BOOK REVIEW

PIVOT POINT by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"West's debut showcases riveting storytelling. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Clairvoyant Addison Coleman must choose between two futures and two love interests. Read full book review >

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LUCKY IN LOVE by Kasie West
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 25, 2017

"There's a wealth of profoundly topical, thematic territory to explore in lottery wins; this iteration, with its cast of culturally and economically diverse characters, is especially resonant. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen discovers that winning the lottery has an inescapable downside. Read full book review >

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CUBAN BLUFF by Nigel West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"The journalistic style fails to capture the tension of the era, but the spywork fascinates."
West, a historian and Member of Parliament, tells the story of the Cuban missile crisis from the bottom up so that spies rather than Kennedys have the starring roles. Read full book review >

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THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER by Phil West
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans of MLS will appreciate West's perspective, and those who are not yet fans may be convinced by this brief, worthwhile history."
A perfectly fine book about an adequate soccer league. Read full book review >