Search Results: "Cornelia Maude Spelman"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN I FEEL WORRIED by Cornelia Maude Spelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This amusing but satisfying story will ease the worries of a nervous child or help more confident children to be more empathetic to the needs of a worried friend. (author's note) (Picturebook. 2-5)"
Spelman and Parkinson continue their sensitive exploration of childhood emotions with this latest entry in their The Way I Feel series. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY'S SOMEWHERE by Cornelia Maude Spelman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 17, 2017

"If the singsong text loses cadence on occasion, still it lulls, making this an altogether comforting package. (Picture book. 2-5)"
The anxiety that comes from being separated can be eased when youngsters can imagine themselves in the universe while picturing where others might be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER THE WATER by Maude Casey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"Glossary. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a passionately vivid first novel, Casey re-creates her own experience of seeking an identity while growing up Irish in England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The author could have been more succinct, but she sounds the water alarm with conviction and authority."
Water, water not everywhere, and often too expensive to drink. That's the message activist Barlow sounds loud and clear in outrage at the powers that be. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAGON RIDER by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"This solid adventure lacks the lusciousness of language and intricacy of plot that marked last year's Inkheart, but it does carry the reader along at breakneck pace, the inevitably victorious ending no less satisfying for all its predictability. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When human development threatens the remote Scottish valley where the earth's last remaining silver dragons have hidden, Firedrake, a determined young dragon, and his friend Sorrel, an irascible brownie, set out to find the Rim of Heaven, a remote Himalayan valley said to be the ancient home of the dragons. Read full book review >

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JARRETTSVILLE by Cornelia Nixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Thrilling and cathartic, this imaginative, well-crafted historical fiction meditates on morality and the complexity of motivation."
The tragic end of a love affair precipitates an epic court case in a small Maryland town riven by the Civil War. Read full book review >

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THE USE OF FAME by Cornelia Nixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A predictable plot with characters who fail to evoke sympathy."
In alternating chapters, an unhappy couple reveals their marital woes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IGRAINE THE BRAVE by Cornelia Funke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Illustrated with pen-and-ink sketches of Igraine in action, plus many tiny tomes sporting stubby limbs and animated faces, this engaging read, or read-aloud, is 'joust' the ticket for all young fans of non-gender-specific knightly valor. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
The author of Princess Knight (2004) offers a longer tale along the same lines, here in its first English translation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE THIEF LORD by Cornelia Funke
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Although the core of this tale is heartwarming, the merry-go-round, like Ray Bradbury's carousel in Something Wicked This Way Comes, hints at darkness, leaving its riders and the novel's readers changed forever. (map, glossary, not seen) (Fiction. 10-14)"
When the orphans Prosper, 12, and Boniface, 5, run away from Hamburg to Venice to escape separation by their aunt and uncle Hartlieb, the crotchety, childless couple hires private detective Victor Getz to find Bo, the only brother they want. Read full book review >

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INKHEART by Cornelia Funke
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Master translator Bell takes the German text and spins out of it vivid images and heart-stopping language that impel the reader through this adventure about narratives—a true feast for anyone who has ever been lost in a book. (Fiction. 10+)"
It is hard to avoid preciosity in books about books, but here Funke pulls off the feat with vigor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CRAZY SCHOOL by Cornelia Read
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2008

"Caustic, gripping and distinctive—intelligent entertainment."
Another bitterly amusing mystery from the author of A Field of Darkness (2006). Read full book review >