Search Results: "Dena K. Salmon"


BOOK REVIEW

DISCORDIA by Dena K. Salmon
ADVENTURE
Released: April 14, 2009

"The only thing wrong with this book is its cliffhanger ending; readers will hope Salmon writes fast. (Science fiction. 10 & up)"
Lance is your everyday New York City teen, juggling school and parents as best he can, but really living for the mystical online world of Discordia, where he comes alive as his alter ego, a level 17 zombie sorcerer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAPESHIFTER’S QUEST by Dena Landon
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Landon gives no indication of a sequel to this beautifully written piece, though one would be welcome. (Fantasy. YA)"
Landon's debut is a strong, poignant fantasy about a shapeshifter on a quest to save her dying forest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ERIN'S VOYAGE by John Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The highly colored, expressionistic illustrations are sure to dazzle, although a story that appears to encourage solo midnight boat trips may be one that will give parents pause. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When Erin visits the attic of her grandfather's country house, she is enchanted by the discovery of an old doll packed in a brass-hinged wooden box. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

3 KIDS DREAMIN' by Linda England
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"A promising concept marred by false notes. (Picture book. 7-10)"
In England's first book, the three kids of the title are a rap group called Squeezed: Ramone is on guitar, Willie raps, and Yock's on the drums as they dream of playing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HUNGRY LITTLE BOY by Joan W. Blos
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"A simple, familiar episode with beginning, middle, and end, plus gentle repetition, it is made for sharing, with opportunities to identify shapes and colors and to count. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A young child closely observes his grandma as she prepares a snack by peeling a carrot, spreading the peanut butter on bread, arranging three cookies and an apple on a plate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MILLION FISH...MORE OR LESS by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 1992

"In her picture book debut, Schutzer provides freely rendered oil paintings with bold strokes of vibrant color that are especially effective at a distance—fine for groups. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Out fishing on the Bayou Clapateaux, young Hugh Thomas listens with delight when Papa-Daddy and Elder Abbajonto happen by to tell him a tall tale concerning a 500-pound turkey, a Spanish conquistador's lantern that's still burning, and ``the longest, meanest cottonmouth I ever did see.'' After they leave, Hugh Thomas catches just three small fish—and then imagines an even taller tale to tell the men: he catches a million fish, but the crocodiles demand half, and he's able to keep only half of the remainder by winning a jumprope contest with some piratical raccoons on his way home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Memory Stones by Dena Tarkington
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A cleareyed look at overcoming family trauma, but several subplots beg further exploration."
In this debut novel, a troubled woman of 58 battles her many demons by seeking answers to her family's disintegration and by learning to enjoy the natural world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WIFE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST by K. Ford K.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A slow-moving but well-written tale embroidering the life of one of Scripture's most charismatic figures."
This reimagining of John the Baptist's life gives the itinerate prophet a Greek wife who desperately wantshimto avert his dark destiny. Read full book review >

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LIKING THE UNLIKABLE
by Leila Roy

I know it’s not cool to define yourself by a boy. Girls are supposed to be independent, these days. We should be Strong Female Characters, we should be tough and self-motivated and grrrrrls instead of girls. We’re supposed to run the world—girls—and look unapologetically into the camera. We don’t have to smile. We can cross our arms or curl our ...
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BOOK REVIEW

ARCHING OVER by Kathleen K.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A sprawling collection, light on concrete specifics, that intriguingly lays out a dance of seduction in all of its conceivable steps."
K.'s (Stoner's Bone of Contention, 2013, etc.) collection of erotic poetry offers a cavalcade of love affairs, focusing on the narrator's moment-to-moment fantasies and experiences. Read full book review >