Search Results: "Claire Rudolf Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

GOLD STAR SISTER by Claire Rudolf Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the interesting WW II history, Murphy (To the Summit, 1992, etc.) delivers an essentially flat story that only picks up a little at the tear-jerky end. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
Carrie receives a C in History because she handed in an unfinished project on WW II—she really hadn't cared enough to complete it. Read full book review >

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TO THE SUMMIT by Claire Rudolf Murphy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1992

"Ultimately, the persuasive physical aspects of the journey and its strong-willed heroine will appeal mostly to adventure buffs. (Fiction. 11+)"
At 17, Sarah intends to be the youngest woman ever to climb Mount McKinley, known as Denali to the land's indigenous people. Read full book review >

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FREE RADICAL by Claire Rudolf Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2002

"An excellent angle on the Vietnam War and its legacy. (Fiction. 11-15)"
"Alaska is a great place to hide," and Luke McHenry's mother has been hiding there for 31 years. Read full book review >

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CARIBOU GIRL by Claire Rudolf Murphy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Difficult, but compelling. (further reading) (Picture book. 6-9)"
In a long-ago time, the caribou are scarce, and the people are starving; a swift-running Inuit girl named Caribou Girl dreams of the caribou, and so her grandfather gives her an amulet and sends her to find them. Read full book review >

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MY COUNTRY, ’TIS OF THEE by Claire Rudolf Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2014

"This examination of a well-known piece of music and the activism it inspired makes for a fascinating way to explore history. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
One of the first patriotic songs young Americans learn in school is "America," more commonly known as "My Country, 'Tis of Thee." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An inspiring and revelatory tale. (timeline, bibliography) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Through the voice of 10-year-old Bessie in 1896 in Berkeley, Calif., readers glimpse a moment in the very long fight for women's suffrage in the United States. Read full book review >

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RUDOLF by Marian Pankowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The political dimensions of their phlegmatic rejection of conventional behavior are, here and there, suggested, but both the novel's strength (its Gide-like delicacy and robust erotic candor) and its cloying hothouse tone derive almost entirely from its steadfastly maintained amorality."
Rudolf ($39.95, paper $14.95; Nov. 1996; 128 pp.; 0-8101-1417- 8, paper 0-8101-1418-6): A thin and really rather annoying Polish novel, originally published in 1980, whose narrator indulges homosexual daydreams and fantasies while exchanging memories and debating the nature of the epicurean sensibility with his counterpart, an elderly German pursuer (and exploiter) of beautiful boys. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"A fine report on a happy, mind-expanding exchange. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
If a choice must be made, this account of American children getting acquainted with their Soviet counterparts is preferable to Dolphin's Georgia to Georgia (p. 470/C-90). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 19, 2008

"A satisfactory historical fiction novel that could use more edge and polish."
A sweeping yet compact saga that traces one woman's life from wealth and affluence to a Chicago brothel, as she learns to rely on herself in the face of numerous obstacles and challenges. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"Although the hardships are never glossed over, the design of the book has an antique charm, with photographs, ticket stubs, old handbills, maps, and journal excerpts. (glossary, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This excellent, well-researched book offers a rare peek into a fascinating culture, history, and people, in portraits of eight intrepid children and their families during the Alaskan/Yukon Territory gold rush. Read full book review >

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UNCLE RUDOLF by Paul Bailey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Veteran Bailey (Kitty and Virgil, 2000, etc.) navigates with economy and grace between two lives and among many time-frames. This British author's skills—and magic touch for showing love at work—make for a texture unusually rich."
An adoring nephew pays homage to his childhood savior, a star of European operettas, in a masterly, unsentimental evocation of childhood and exile. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE MURPHY by Mark Costello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Six stories, a return of Michael Murphy from Costello's The Murphy Stories, that are uneven but filled with a marvelous sense of detail and affectionate satire: they manage ironically to deflate their midwestern subjects without turning mean-spirited. ``Young Republican'' is a series of carefully modulated vignettes about the narrator's father, a Republican County Chairman, ``forty-eight years old when I was born,'' who gets punched in the nose by a hired hand for political reasons. Read full book review >