Search Results: "Colby Rodowsky"


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NOT QUITE A STRANGER by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2003

"If the secondary characters are more than a little too good to be true, this still does nothing to void the honest emotions of the newly joined siblings. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The only real fly in 13-year-old Tottie's ointment is when embarrassing moments are rendered as "universal truths" in her mother's newspaper column for the world to read—until 17-year-old Zachary shows up, the spitting image of Tottie's father. Read full book review >

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HANNAH IN BETWEEN by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"For contrast, send readers to Moonlight Man (1986), Fox's incisive portrait of an alcoholic father who spurns any hope of change. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A well-regarded author (Lucy Peale, 1992), portrays one family's response to a member's alcoholism. Read full book review >

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BEN AND THE SUDDEN TOO-BIG FAMILY by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2007

"Even readers who aren't in his situation will identify. (Fiction 9-12)"
When asked about his philosophy of life in school, ten-year-old Ben Mitchell posits that some things are all-right and some things are not-all-right. Read full book review >

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THE TURNABOUT SHOP by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 1998

"The author never pontificates, readers will take to the immensely likable cast, and Jessie's and Althea's characters burst forth from Livvy's narration as vividly as her own. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Orphaned and grieving, Livvy is dismayed when her dying mother Althea's wish leaves her in the care of a woman she's never heard of. Read full book review >

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LUCY PEALE by Colby Rodowsky
FICTION
Released: June 12, 1992

"Gentle and appealing, written with insight and skill. (Fiction. 12+)"
A well-regarded author (Sydney, Herself, 1989) tells a heartwarming love story about a pregnant 17-year-old who, cruelly rejected by her preacher father, is taken in by thoroughly wholesome Jake, who has dropped out of college in order to write. Read full book review >

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JASON RAT-A-TAT by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2002

With some help from a perceptive grandpa, the unathletic middle child in a sports-centered family finds his bliss. Read full book review >

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THE NEXT-DOOR DOGS by Colby Rodowsky
ANIMALS
Released: May 10, 2005

"Good for Sara and good for her fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Sara Barker isn't afraid of anything...well, anything but dogs. Read full book review >

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JENNY AND THE GRAND OLD GREAT-AUNTS by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"An appealing bridge to early chapter books. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)"
From the author of several fine novels for young people (Sydney, Herself, 1989), a book for younger readers, with the familiar theme of a child making friends with an adult. Read full book review >

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SPINDRIFT by Colby Rodowsky
Released: March 29, 2000

"The far more promising wedding of Will and Emma ends the story on a rising tone. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An engaging tale from Rodowsky (Not My Dog, p. 150, etc.) about an inveterate "fixer" who learns that some situations are beyond repair. Read full book review >

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NOT MY DOG by Colby Rodowsky
Released: March 29, 1999

"Preston looking out the window on his first night, Ellie scratching his ears until he falls asleep. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-11)"
Ellie has always wanted a puppy, and her parents have told her she can have one when she's nine. Read full book review >

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THAT FERNHILL SUMMER by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2006

"While this choice may be realistic and psychologically astute, it makes for an emotionally unsatisfying story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A racially mixed girl with deeply estranged relatives spends the summer with her persnickety grandmother and her two cousins from the white side of the family. Read full book review >

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CLAY by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2001

A powerful novel explores the toll that abduction by a non-custodial parent takes on one girl's identity. Read full book review >