Search Results: "Damian Platt"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"A straightforward look at how music and hope can change the fate of an unmoored society."
Novelist Neate (City of Tiny Lights, 2005, etc.) and human-rights defender Platt celebrate the success of an influential musical organization. Read full book review >

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"Do Not Forsake Me"  Martin Luther King, Jr by M.S. Platt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2012

"A perfectly serviceable CSI-style forensic thriller, but its significance falls short of its title."
In his debut novel, Platt (Holy Economics, 2011) obliquely questions the Rev. Martin Luther King's vision of equality with a story about an African-American baby's death. Read full book review >

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STAR GAZER by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The result should please most horse-crazy middle-school girls, all of whom dream of the day when they attend a horse auction with money in their hands—but next time, please, can we have a different plot? (Fiction. 8-12)"
Unlikely child and abandoned equine persevere to show-ring success. Read full book review >

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THE SACRED CITY by Damian Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2011

"Blending grand-scale storytelling with deeply provocative social and spiritual themes, Lawrence could very well be the next coming of Harry Turtledove."
The second installment of Lawrence's Guardians series—following his debut novel The Guardians of Time (2011)—is equal parts epic science-fiction, time-travel adventure, historical-fiction drama and apocalyptic thriller. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Mogavero provides a surfeit of palate-cleansing insight."
A book that not only goes behind the scene and through the kitchen, but into the metrics that distinguish a thriving restaurant from a floundering one. Read full book review >

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MOON LANDING by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"A shame. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)"
One might think that a pop-up would be the perfect vehicle for a book about Apollo 11—but Columbia this ain't. Read full book review >

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MOON SHADOW by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The horses, on the other hand, are pretty good, and the opening scene of stallions fighting is the best four pages of the book. (Fiction. 10-13)"
You recognize the Bad Guys in this stock Western because they wear black hats—oops, that's wrong, it's because they 1) speak rudely about Mustangs, spontaneously and at length; 2) thwart Our Heroine without any apparent motivation other than that they are Bad. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"Platt chirps, with no cautionary notes—the genetic engineering of plants goes uncontested, livestock farms warrant ungarnished accolades. (diagrams, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Platt (Stephen Biesty's Incredible Explosions, 1996, etc.) doesn't really explain inventions here, as David Macaulay did in The Way Things Work (1988); rather, he makes note of them and their time frame and how they benefitted humans. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"More theoretical than practical but vital for educators and particularly valuable for those entering the profession."
A debut book elaborates on the fundamental ideas at play in the growing field of multicultural education, specifically at the college level. Read full book review >

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FALLING THROUGH CLOUDS by Damian Fowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 2014

"A sensitive portrayal of a family tragedy needlessly escalated by the insensitive bureaucracy of insurance companies."
The story of the plane crash that tragically broke apart one family and set up some disturbingly complex insurance and liability issues. Read full book review >

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THE MOMENT OF TRUTH by Damian McNicholl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"The subject matter is certainly important and the setting fresh, but the overall presentation is lackluster."
A young woman in 1950s America tries to pursue her dream. Read full book review >