Search Results: "Claire Vanderpool"


BOOK REVIEW

MOON OVER MANIFEST by Claire Vanderpool
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"The absolute necessity of story as a way to redemption and healing past wounds is at the heart of this beautiful debut, and readers will cherish every word up to the heartbreaking yet hopeful and deeply gratifying ending. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kan., in 1936 to stay with her father's boyhood friend, little does she know her sojourn will take her back, via mesmerizing tales, newspaper clippings, curious mementoes and World War I letters, to Manifest as it was in 1918—and into the life of the mysterious boy nicknamed Jinx. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Navigating this stunning novel requires thought and concentration, but it's well worth the effort. (author's note, with questions and answers, list of resources) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Returning to themes she explored so affectingly in Moon Over Manifest (2011), Newbery Medalist Vanderpool delivers another winning picaresque about memories, personal journeys, interconnectedness—and the power of stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCY AND THE BULLY by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The foreword, by a staff therapist at Northwestern's Family Institute, provides tips for parents and teachers on using stories in bullying-prevention programs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lucy, a primary grader, is good at art to the delight of all her classmates, except for Tommy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRUMPY PANTS by Claire Messer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Really well turned, with balance, momentum, and all the right notes. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumps are particularly vexing when you are a little penguin and you don't even know where they came from. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK TO FRONT AND UPSIDE DOWN by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"While Stan's improvement is a little too good to be true, Alexander's message is clear: 'We all have to ask for help sometimes.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little dog who has trouble with the mechanics of writing musters up the courage to ask his teacher for help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOSSIL by Claire Ewart
by Claire Ewart, illustrated by Claire Ewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Beautifully illustrated science with a philosophical flavor. (author's note, bibliography) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The moving and graceful story of how a fossil comes to be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMALL FLORENCE, PIGGY POP STAR by Claire Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Florence caught in the spotlight is alone worth 1,000 carefully crafted words. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Alexander's book is a pleasure to gaze upon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE BIG GIRL by Claire Keane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Give to parents hoping to introduce kids to the joy and wonder of a new baby sibling with none of the mess. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The granddaughter of syndicated cartoonist Bil Keane (The Family Circus) offers her own spin on family matters and new baby brothers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LORENZO, THE PIZZA-LOVING LOBSTER by Claire Lordon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Look for stronger food and friendship books than this one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Will involving kids in the cooking process help them try new foods? Lordon uses pizza-making to entice in this venture into new tastes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROUBLE WITH FLIRTING by Claire LaZebnik
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"This light summer romance with a theater theme is good for a getaway but not much more. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
High school junior Franny Pearson reluctantly accepts a job sewing costumes for the renowned Mansfield College Summer Theater Program and finds herself in the middle of her own romantic drama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN OFF YEAR by Claire Zulkey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Teens who have doubted the high-school-college-life progression for even a moment will recognize themselves in Cecily, perhaps to their parents' dismay. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Cecily Powell arrives at college with the rest of her freshman class, but instead of unpacking, she asks her father to turn their car around and drive from Ohio back to Chicago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOO BIG! by Claire Masurel
Released: May 1, 1999

"Making sport of light and shadow, as well as distant perspectives that are still emotionally revealing, she creates a dinosaur for all ages: alluring, comforting, loyal, soothing to the eye, and silent. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Masurel's story is a funny and sympathetic turning of the tables on that childhood blight of being "too small." Read full book review >