Search Results: "Der-shing Helmer"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Alas, nary a zombie in sight—but budding 'braaaiiinnns' may be tempted to repeat some of the experiments for themselves. (further experiments, glossary, scientific principles) (Graphic fiction/instructional blend. 8-10)"
Following cryptic clues left by a counselor, a quartet of young campers track down the source of mysterious noises in this science-laden series kickoff. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING CUCKOO CLOCK  by Lynda Beauregard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Predominantly instructional, but light enough not to sink beneath the weight of its purpose. (glossary, instructions for two experiments, URL for supplementary material) (Graphic fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 8-10)"
Summer-camp kids get (scientifically) physical. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A crafty introduction to kismet, and a nice story to boot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After a very slow start, Helmer's story of two grumps finding one another comes to a gratifying conclusion. Mr. McGratt has his problems, but when it comes to the ornery cat that arrives one day and won't leave, he becomes angry, bellowing, "Scat! Read full book review >

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FOG CAT by Marilyn Helmer
Released: March 1, 1999

"Helmer's story is moving, but never cloying; the watercolor greens and blues of Mombourquette's palette wash the beaches with mist. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An evocative tale about a cat that appears and vanishes into the seaside fog, depending on the season. Read full book review >

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BELLES OF THE BALLPARK by Diana Star Helmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; chronology; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
A spinoff of the war effort, the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League flourished in the 40's, lasted more than a decade, and, in a storybook ending, was nearly forgotten until two scholars in the mid-70's sparked renewed interest, a two films (both titled A League of Their Own), and a commemorative exhibit at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1998

"While there is some disjointedness and repetition in the stories, the book will provide researchers with an overview of the suffrage movement, and solid background on some of its leading lights. (b&w photos, index, not seen, chronologies, further reading) (Biography. 10-14)"
This latest book in the American Profiles series features short biographies of ten women who fought for the right to vote. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"Teens interested in any and all aspects of a career in dance will find useful and entertaining information here. (resources, glossary, notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
From ballet to Broadway and from Hollywood to hip-hop: a how-to. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1992

"The message is heartfelt, but the antique flavor of van der Post's reasoning and his simplistic tenets about illness overwhelm all that is fresh and moving here."
An autobiographical musing on mortality, suffering, and modern life from octogenarian van der Post, in which his often naive ponderings are relieved by vivid references to his beloved Kalahari and its Bushmen, still his true mÇtier. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

A well-rounded account of the bitter WW II battles in which the US, at no small cost, put paid to Japan's Pacific ambitions. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"The author's vivid details of South Africa's persistent racism, abject poverty, and continuing oppression are undermined by unnecessary repetition."
Unraveling a web of evidence in a notorious murder. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT LOU by Angela von der Lippe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"The truth about Lou? Not likely."
A debut about a famous fin-de-siècle figure. Read full book review >

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TAMING THE BEAST by Katinka van der Merwe
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2013

"A useful guidebook on fibromyalgia that encourages sufferers to explore nontraditional treatments."
A chiropractic physician offers a holistic approach to understanding and managing fibromyalgia. Read full book review >