Search Results: "Deb Lucke"


BOOK REVIEW

SNEEZENESIA by Deb Lucke
by Deb Lucke, illustrated by Deb Lucke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"If nothing else, this cautionary tale may get readers to cover their sneezes in fear of forgetting something vital. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What might happen if a sneeze is too powerful? Read full book review >

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THE LUNCH WITCH by Deb Lucke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Truly, far too often school lunch ladies get a bad rap. In this case, it's justified, and stout-stomached readers who have always suspected the truth should enjoy seeing how. (Graphic novel. 9-11)"
A troubled student leads an evil lunch lady astray…at least temporarily. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T SWIM by Deb Lucke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2008

"A perfect remedy for kids fighting fears—especially those afraid to tackle the deep end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One hot summer an aquaphobic boy refuses to learn how to swim while his younger sister takes to the water like a fish. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 8, 2008

"No source citations, either. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Assuring readers that "you're not the first to have a time out, you're not the worst," Lucke presents 14 of the badly behaved from history—including Cleopatra the "Phighting Pharaoh," Isabella the "Not-So-Clean Queen" (she claimed to have bathed only twice in her life) and the "Armée Brat" Napoleon: "He looked at Germany and said, ‘Mine.' He saw Italy and said, ‘Mine.' " Unfortunately, she wastes her promising premise by skipping over nearly all of the actual details ("In 1717 Bach was given a time out for ‘stubbornness'), and by not checking her facts carefully—no, Rosa Parks did not become an activist after she was arrested, and no, she did not receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (she did win the Congressional Gold Medal). Read full book review >

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NEVER SAY BOO! by Robin Pulver
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

It's never easy being the new kid at school, but when you're the only ghost, too, it's really tough. Read full book review >

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BEAR AND SQUIRREL ARE FRIENDS...YES, REALLY! by Deb Pilutti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A nifty, expectation-defying read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
They might look very different, but Bear and Squirrel are friends. Read full book review >

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THE LAST FOREVER by Deb Caletti
ROMANCE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A story that proves there can, indeed, be life after death. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A despairing father and his 17-year-old daughter take an emotional journey together that brings redemption, hope and healing. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Deb Loughead
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Too many flaws to make it worthy of precious reading time. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Secrets and lies and guilt and shame choke this mild thriller. Read full book review >

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HE'S GONE by Deb Caletti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"Well-written, strongly characterized and emotionally complex fiction."
YA veteran and National Book Award finalist Caletti (The Story of Us, 2012, etc.) makes a striking adult debut with this tale of a husband's mysterious disappearance. Read full book review >

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SHADOW GIRL by Deb Abramson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The memoir as reduced to recitals of dysfunction."
A competently written, unremarkable coming-of-age memoir. Read full book review >

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DINOSOARING by Deb Lund
by Deb Lund, illustrated by Howard Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"Dinosaur fans, or anyone who enjoys horseplay on a humongous scale, will happily welcome back these gargantuan goofs. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Dinos take to the air in the latest joyride from the creators of Dinosailors (2003) and All Aboard the Dinotrain (2006). Read full book review >