Search Results: "Christopher Kurtz"


BOOK REVIEW

ONLY A PIGEON by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1997

"Scenery and portraits alike exhibit great skill in portraying the city and one boy's place in it, while the elegant storytelling is suffused with the quiet tension of the pigeons in danger. (glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Jane Kurtz (Trouble, p. 383, etc.) and her brother, newcomer Christopher Kurtz, offer an unusual and well-written story set in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—a tale that could be a jumping-off place for a number of topics. Read full book review >

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WATER HOLE WAITING by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2002

"An author's note explains watering-hole protocol and the signaling system of the vervet monkeys portrayed in the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A baby monkey awakens on the African savanna, eager for a trip to the watering hole. Read full book review >

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ANNA WAS HERE by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An amusing and richly rewarding tale that features a very likable, one-of-kind protagonist. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Anna, almost 10, is a worrier, so her family's temporary move from Colorado to her father's hometown in Kansas seems fraught with peril to her. Read full book review >

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JAKARTA MISSING by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2001

"Kurtz's (Faraway Home, 2000, etc.) love for both Africa and North Dakota comes across clearly, but she has woven too many strands into her novel without strong enough characterizations to hold them together. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this slow-moving contemporary novel, a sixth-grader contrasts her new life in North Dakota with her childhood in Africa, while her family struggles with their differing hopes for the future. Read full book review >

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The Journey of a Spiritual Traveler by Michael Kurtz
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"A set of philosophical but accessible ruminations on Christian life."
A series of meditative essays on the joys and challenges of a spiritual life. Read full book review >

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HOT AIR by Howard Kurtz
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Given the evidence he offers of the enormous political influence of talk shows, it is a sobering question at the heart of a sobering critique. (Author tour)"
Washington Post media reporter Kurtz (Media Circus, 1993) looks at a nation awash in talk TV and radio, and concludes that it may be drowning. Read full book review >

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LIVING THINGS AND NONLIVING THINGS by Kevin Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2017

"Spectacular photography enriches a simple, thoughtful text. (glossary, extended research section, checklists) (Informational picture book. 3-7)"
A multitude of photographs accompany bold, simple text, teaching rudimentary ideas of differentiating what's living and what's not—and noting that it's not as simple as it may seem. Read full book review >

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JOHNNY APPLESEED by Jane Kurtz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"An appealing way to open discussions of our country's historical or legendary past. (Easy reader/nonfiction. 5-6)"
Though she never says outright that he was a real person, Kurtz introduces newly emergent readers to the historical John Chapman, walking along the Ohio, planting apple seeds, and bartering seedlings to settlers for food and clothing. Read full book review >

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THE FEVERBIRD’S CLAW by Jane Kurtz
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Readers will ache to learn more about her world and her future—just like Moralin herself. (Fiction. 10+)"
A gripping prehistoric adventure fantasy channels a timely message about tolerance and social justice. Read full book review >

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SOUTH OF THE BIG FOUR by Don Kurtz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Well-written, but earnest, earnest, earnest."
First-novelist Kurtz spins a bloated midwestern saga about a prodigal son who returns to the abandoned family farm and finds himself by working land that now belongs to someone else—and by having affairs with a waitress and with his brother's wife. Read full book review >

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TWO CROWNS FOR AMERICA by Katherine Kurtz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Should raise a few eyebrows."
Historical novel, with dabs of mysticism and dashes of the occult, exploring the events behind the American Revolution, from the author of the well-known Deryni fantasy series (The Bastard Prince, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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THREE MINUTES IN POLAND by Glenn Kurtz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An exhaustive, dogged work of genealogical research."
A deeply intimate, rigorously detailed study of a lost Jewish world revealed within three minutes of a home movie shot in a small Polish town in 1938. Read full book review >