Search Results: "Debbie Dadey"


BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE AT TRIDENT ACADEMY by Debbie Dadey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2012

"The underwater setting adds some dimension to straightforward friendship stories. (class reports written by each character, song lyrics, author's note, glossary) (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Prolific Dadey's (Keyholders: The Wrong Side of Magic, 2010, etc.) latest series follows young mermaids through turbulent friendships. Read full book review >

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WHISTLER’S HOLLOW by Debbie Dadey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Readers should have no problem identifying with her most universal desire, which is to be connected to people she can love and be loved by in return. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After the death of her mother, an emotionally shell-shocked girl is packed off by her icy aunt to live with relatives she's never met: a nurturing older couple who raised her missing and presumed dead father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"If even a smidgen of the truth of Rogers's goodness comes through, Dadey's and Goto's efforts have not been in vain. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-8027-8682-0 Will Rogers's legend may have faded a bit over time, so Dadey toils to bring him back into the young public's eye, mixing—just as she did in Shooting Star (1997)—real episodes with wildly preposterous events to amplify his persona. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING OF THE KOOTIES by Debbie Dadey
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"As a story that takes a look at one approach to the age-old problem of bullies, it works well, straining credibility but never becoming didactic. (b&w illustrations) (Fiction. 7-10)"
A look at the often-cruel realm of fourth grade. Read full book review >

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SHOOTING STAR by Debbie Dadey
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1997

"He makes a burlesque of the facial expressions of Annie's audience, whose uniform astonishment begins to look static. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A picture-book version of Annie Oakley's life that wavers between a fairly straight telling of the few known facts and tall-tale exaggerations that are both forced and silly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS SIDE OF MAGIC by Debbie Dadey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Considering the authors' track record, the pace may never pick up, but the bright humor will attract and keep young pre-Potterites. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
The authors of the Bailey School Kids set their new series in a small town that is unknowingly protected from the magical creatures just adjacent by a spellcast hedge of thorns and magic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ANIMAL BOOGIE by Debbie  Harter
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A musical score is included. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Part guessing-game and part dance, this rollicking picture book takes readers on a wild safari. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAM & EVA by Debbie Ohi
by Debbie Ohi, illustrated by Debbie Ohi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Expressive, high-spirited one-upkidship via artwork on walls—there's nothing wrong with that. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A power tussle between two kids plays out through mischievous drawings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF GOODBYES by Debbie Levy
POETRY
Released: March 16, 2010

"An immensely powerful experience that needs to be read with an adult. (Poetry/nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Writing for modern readers about the Holocaust is fraught, and when children are the intended audience, the difficulties can be insurmountable. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FOURTH QUEEN by Debbie Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Sometimes it's not all in the details."
Vivid details, graphic sex, and violence in yet another novel about a woman who takes on the world—in this case, an 18th-century Emperor of Morocco. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARTING NOW by Debbie Macomber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2013

"Macomber's writing and storytelling deliver what she's famous for—a smooth, satisfying tale with characters her fans will cheer for and an arc that is cozy, heartwarming and ends with the expected happily-ever-after."
When Libby Morgan is expecting to be named partner of her law firm but instead gets laid off, she's shocked and angry, but it may prove to be just what she needs to create the life she deserves. Read full book review >