Search Results: "Christopher Paul Curtis"


BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTOPHER by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 1994

"The carefully composed scenes are spare and powerful; though the telling is unremarkable, the art speaks for itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of Reprobus, the huge man who came to be known as Christopher, patron saint of travelers. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER by Allison Burnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"At times both acid-tinged and unbelievably sweet, a hopeless love's lament."
A lethargic Lothario does what he can to bring his cute, depressed neighbor around to a love affair. Read full book review >

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BUCKING THE SARGE by Christopher Paul Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Told in Luther's jivey, colloquial voice, enriched by Curtis's cast of large-hearted survivors, and enlivened by his coruscating style, this is another winner—or, as Luther might say, a 'three-peat.' (Fiction. 10-16)"
Luther's hard-driving mother, "Sarge," has built personal life and financial empire (slum housing, group homes, loan sharking business) through belief in two things: herself and money. Read full book review >

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MR. CHICKEE’S FUNNY MONEY by Christopher Paul Curtis
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Another winner from a master storyteller. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Mr. Chickee gives fourth-grader Steven Carter a special present, he sets in motion this first in a humorous series starring the Flint Future Detectives. Read full book review >

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THE MADMAN OF PINEY WOODS by Christopher Paul Curtis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Beautiful storytelling as only Curtis can do it. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Forty years after Elijah Freeman's exploits in Elijah of Buxton (2007), 13-year-olds Benji Alston and Red Stockard become friends as Curtis revisits Buxton, Ontario, in a fine companion novel. Read full book review >

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ELIJAH OF BUXTON by Christopher Paul Curtis
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"This is Curtis's best novel yet, and no doubt many readers, young and old, will finish and say, 'This is one of the best books I have ever read.' (author's note) (Fiction. 9+)"
Eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman is known for two things: being the first child born free in Buxton, Canada, and throwing up on the great Frederick Douglass. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Readers will need to have read the first of the series to understand the characters and to go on to future volumes to see how this story ends. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The Flint Future Detectives return and, along with their newest member, Richelle Cyrus-Herndon, follow Russell's dog through a wall mural into Ourside. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Curtis tries to shoehorn in more characters and subplots than the story will comfortably bear—as do many first novelists—but he creates a well-knit family and a narrator with a distinct, believable voice. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Curtis debuts with a ten-year-old's lively account of his teenaged brother's ups and downs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Deza is one great heroine in her own right, a fitting literary companion to Bud Caldwell. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Deza Malone had a brief appearance in Curtis' multiple-award-winning novel, Bud, Not Buddy (Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King Author Award, 2000). Now, she is the dynamic and engaging heroine of her own story. Read full book review >

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PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >

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PAUL by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Acts, though historically imprecise, makes for a much better story."
A dry historical tome that would be more aptly titled ``Paul: A Cultural History.'' The difficulties of doing ancient biography are compounded when one of the two major sources available is believed to be historically unreliable and corrupt. Read full book review >

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Paul by Gesner Noel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >