Search Results: "Claire Rudolf Murphy"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1999

"Will interest math mavens and computer junkies, but despite the fascinating anecdotes, the large mass of technical info may discourage reders who are less agile at manipulating numbers."
A brief history of cryptography—encoding and decoding messages—from ancient times to the present, including technical details of various systems used in the transmission of secret information. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE DEDERER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Longtime critic and essayist Claire Dederer has always had a slight obsession with film director Roman Polanski. So in the summer of 2011, a year after the release of Poser, her gutsy, bestselling debut memoir about yoga and motherhood, she set out to write her next book with him in mind. “I was working on that book,” Dederer recalls ...


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