Search Results: "Debra Hart Nelson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1999

A stock-car racing hero who came back from horrible injuries sullies his image somewhat in this thinly veiled screed against them what wronged him. Read full book review >

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SPIKE by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Brilliant. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spike, an abandoned "Ugliest Dog in the Universe"-contest winner, finds love and a new home in this heartwarming tale about beauty—and its many permutations. Read full book review >

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A FABULOUS FAIR ALPHABET by Debra Frasier
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 22, 2010

"All together, this themed abecedary whirls like a Ferris wheel. (Picture book. 7-10)"
For kids who have never been to a country fair, this montage of alphabet letters in various graphic styles that represent items and impressions of a fair may, like a first-time midway experience, be sensory overload. Read full book review >

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THAT KIND OF DOG by Debra Wainwright
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Plodding dialogue, unexceptional illustrations and the lack of a strong main character make this a less-than-engaging effort. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mary Constance has a problem with her dog, Bramble. Read full book review >

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A BIRTHDAY CAKE IS NO ORDINARY CAKE by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"In an effort to fold a bit of hard science into what sometimes seems a bit like a greeting card, a concluding page makes reference to tree rings and Bristlecone pines and presents a map of the solar year. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's no treacle in the actual recipe included, but there's plenty elsewhere in another birthday-celebration book from the author/illustrator of On the Day You Were Born (1991). Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE OCEAN by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The value of this treasure hunter's appreciation is in the notion that real 'treasure' is in the looking. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Relief for the land-locked comes in the form of this book, which delivers the salt smells and sea sounds that accompany beachcombers right to readers' laps. Read full book review >

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Miss Alaineus by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"It is sure to be a favorite that will be read again and again. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Sage has the flu and receives her vocabulary list via a hurried phone call from her best friend, who spells all but the last word. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE WATER SHOW by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Rendered with markers, in the same bright, bold style as Miss Allaneus, the illustrations have a distinctly school-like style. (Picture book. 8-10)"
The fifth-graders from Frasier's Miss Allaneus: A Vocabulary Disaster (2000) are back in a bloated attempt to present basic water concepts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRLS IN CHARGE by Debra Moffitt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Filled with sage advice and a surprise ending, this fast-paced tale will leave fans eagerly awaiting the next PLS adventure. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The girls of the Pink Locker Society continue to skillfully navigate the turbulent waters of middle school in this newest addition to the series. Read full book review >

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THE LAST OF THE ROUNDUP BOYS by Debra Seely
FICTION
Released: July 15, 2004

"Though the cover will have readers thinking this is simply a romance, it is a story with substance, and readers will want to go back and read its companion, Grasslands (2002), which tells Tom's story prior to coming out to Kansas. (author's note) (Fiction. 11+)"
It's a familiar story: pretty, rich farmer's daughter falling for the hired hand. Read full book review >

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GRASSLANDS by Debra Seely
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"An excellent coming-of-age story and a must for collections on prairies, cowboy life, and westward expansion after the Civil War. (author's note, sources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thomas Hunter felt constrained by the life his wealthy grandfather had laid out for him: "Academy, college, a law school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RATTLED by Debra Galant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2006

"Entertaining comedic debut with a mild sting."
Snakes, super-moms and nervous social climbers star in this broad satire of the nouveau riche suburbs of New Jersey. Read full book review >