Search Results: "Debby Applegate"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2006

"An exceptionally thorough and thoughtful account of a spectacular career that helped shape and reflect national preoccupations before, during and after the Civil War."
Beautifully written biography of America's one best-known preacher, who ingeniously transformed the harsh Calvinism of his famous father into a nurturing, middlebrow faith attractive and accessible to a country prepared to abandon Puritan orthodoxy. Read full book review >

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THE WARTHOG’S TAIL by Debby Atwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2005

"Fails to be either a Halloween tale or a moral lesson, and the final trick is hardly worth it. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A mother teaches her daughter a lesson in persuasion in this Halloween take on "The Old Woman and Her Pig." Read full book review >

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CRENSHAW by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Though the lessons weigh more heavily than in The One and Only Ivan, a potential disappointment to its fans, the story is nevertheless a somberly affecting one. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Applegate tackles homelessness in her first novel since 2013 Newbery winner The One and Only Ivan.Read full book review >

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SHARING SAM by Katherine Applegate
FICTION
Released: March 9, 2004

"Still, although the reader may not agree with the protagonist's conclusion, the question of how far one should go to bring happiness to another is certainly worth contemplating. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sam, the new kid in Alison's Florida high school, is an irresistible combination of mysterious, handsome, and slightly dangerous-looking, and Alison is thrilled when he asks her out. Read full book review >

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THE LAST ACADEMY by Anne Applegate
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"Anyone who knows Greek mythology will probably figure out the twist quickly, but this novel is still an enjoyable read. (Suspense. 14 & up)"
Creating a sense of doom is infinitely more difficult in a novel than in a movie; debut author Applegate makes a worthy attempt. Read full book review >

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MIRIAM'S SECRET by Debby Waldman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A warmhearted holiday tale successfully portrays an underrepresented corner of American Judaism—of African-American history, not so much. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
It's a wintry spring in 1930 when an 11-year-old Jewish girl gets a lesson in friendship, the Jewish holidays, and America. Read full book review >

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HOME OF THE BRAVE by Katherine Applegate
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Despite its lackluster execution, this story's simple premise and basic vocabulary make it suitable for younger readers interested in the plight of war refugees. (Fiction. 9-11)"
From the author of the Animorphs series comes this earnest novel in verse about an orphaned Sudanese war refugee with a passion for cows, who has resettled in Minnesota with relatives. Read full book review >

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BARN by Debby Atwell
by Debby Atwell, illustrated by Debby Atwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

In a first-person narration that reads like a voice-over, a New England barn tells its own story through the centuries. Read full book review >

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LIVING AMONG HEADSTONES by Shannon Applegate
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"While the family history isn't enthralling to outsiders, and the discussions of funeral customs and burial lore tend to the superficial, what the author says about being a small-town sexton is fresh and interesting."
A writing teacher takes on duties as sexton of a small cemetery and gains new material for her craft, along with insights into the business of living and dying. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Warm, funny, plump with insight, a book that readers will pass on to friends and friends of friends, whether they're recovering from broken hearts or in need of a recipe for blueberry butter."
Enchanting, funny, and perceptive reflections on recovering from a disastrous love affair, woven together with recipes for making jams, jellies, and pickles. Read full book review >

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THE THANKSGIVING DOOR by Debby Atwell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"A somewhat different dish for the Thanksgiving table. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this sweet but slight story that conveys the true meaning of Thanksgiving, Atwell brings together two disparate families—pilgrims in their own way—for a celebratory feast. Read full book review >

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THE EX-WIFE’S SURVIVAL GUIDE by Debby Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A whimsical portrayal of life after separation."
An empty nester realizes that being dumped doesn't necessarily mean the end of romance. Read full book review >