Search Results: "David E. Talbert"


BOOK REVIEW

BAGGAGE CLAIM by David E. Talbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Serenely silly and insubstantial. Pablum, packaged for quick sale as soul food. Don't bite."
An unmarried flight attendant's frantic search for the perfect man takes center stage, in this frothy debut from playwright Talbert (Love Makes Things Happen; Mr. Right Now!, etc.). Read full book review >

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STAR OF LU°S by Marc Talbert
Released: March 22, 1999

While addressing themes of identity, family history, racism, and coming of age, Talbert (Heart of a Jaguar, 1995, etc.) doesn't focus enough on any one issue to give his book power. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A JAGUAR by Marc Talbert
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"In carefully honed language, Talbert reverently captures the violent beauty of the ancient Mayan culture and creates a hero of extraordinary courage and generosity. (glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 12+)"
For readers who believe that ancient civilizations make for dry and dusty realms, Talbert (The Purple Heart, 1992, etc.) offers a heart-stopping story of mythic proportion. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Horse and cowboy fans will enjoy the Western details, while readers looking for expanded roles for girls will welcome the stories of these four capable cowgirls. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Girls inoculate sheep and cattle, milk cows, chop ice with an ax, drive tractors, and successfully hunt bucks in this "ride through cowgirl life" that follows four girls in their everyday ranch activities. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE HEART by Marc Talbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

``He understood that everything was messed up and that nothing was going to get better anytime soon.'' Luke's father, Patrick, is coming back from Vietnam, but when they meet at the Des Moines airport, Luke's heroic visions crumple: Instead of the laughing, robust figure he remembers, his father—who is recovering from a wound—is bitter, incontinent, and exhausted. Read full book review >

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PILLOW OF CLOUDS by Marc Talbert
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

By an experienced novelist for young people, a thoughtful examination of a boy forced into a painful decision. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEALTH
Released: Nov. 26, 1993

"Glossary; further reading (including some middle-grade fiction); resources; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Addressing himself to young people like the patients he advises (and suggesting that if his simple text is too difficult, a parent can share it aloud), a pediatrician discusses the nature of learning disabilities, describes the several types, offers specific strategies for compensation and remediation, and issues a sympathetic but no-nonsense pep-talk: a good attitude and self- esteem are all-important; gains can be made, but there will be difficulties, and perseverance is essential. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AIDS ISSUES by David E. Newton
HEALTH
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Notes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The purpose here, well-accomplished, differs from most AIDS books: Newton explores social, political, economic, and ethical issues; trends and science information emerge in these contexts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WRONG MAN by David E. Fisher
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Follett crowd."
Fisher is a Bo Jackson of writing, an author whose yen to excel in two literary arenas—thrillers (Hostage One, 1989, etc.) and popular science (Across the Top of the World, 1992, etc.) seems to spread his talent a bit thin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KINGS OF COLORADO by David E. Hilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Not altogether unflawed, but a heartfelt portrait of young men in a bygone age."
An abused boy finds comrades-in-arms among his fellow inmates when he's sent to a remote reform school high in the Rocky Mountains. Read full book review >