Search Results: "Diana Appelbaum"


BOOK REVIEW

GIANTS IN THE LAND by Diana Appelbaum
NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The medium is poetically felicitous; the result is an outstandingly handsome and interesting book. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 7+)"
After the many paeans to rainforests, a different kind of tribute to trees—to the towering specimens that grew only in the primeval New England forests and were felled to make masts for British warships—``forty inches wide at the base, one hundred and twenty feet tall, and absolutely straight'' (a resource the British lacked once the Revolution began). Read full book review >

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COCOA ICE by Diana Appelbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A tasty treat. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In the late 19th century, American schooners brought ice, refined sugar, and other goods to Santo Domingo to exchange for cocoa and coffee beans, and out of that Appelbaum spins a fine story of two children who love chocolate ices. Read full book review >

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DIVAH by Susannah Appelbaum
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 15, 2016

"A miss. (Fantasy/horror. 12-18)"
A teenager at New York's Carlyle Hotel discovers her role in the ancient war between angels and demons. Read full book review >

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WILDFLOWER ABC by Diana Pomeroy
ABC BOOKS
Released: March 1, 1997

"Some readers will want to refer to the earlier book for instructions on how to create the prints. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Using potato prints, acrylic paints, and appliquÇ, Pomeroy (One Potato, 1996) has created an alphabet of wildflowers not to be missed. Read full book review >

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ELEANOR, ARTHUR, AND CLAIRE by Diana Engel
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"With the importance it places on creativity in relationships and in working through grief, unusual and effective as well as appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Claire loves visits with Grandma, a painter, and Grandpa, a sculptor. Read full book review >

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OMEGA CITY by Diana Peterfreund
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"A secondary-at-best middle-grade thriller—here's hoping the sequels improve. (Adventure. 9-12)"
Gillian's dad's conspiracy theories ruined the family…but what if he's right? Read full book review >

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REMEMBER THE LUSITANIA! by Diana Preston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The dramatic cover will entice readers, and the exciting narrative will keep them riveted. (appendix, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In 1915, three years after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, the Lusitania was preparing for her 101st eastward crossing of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

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ELECTING A U.S. PRESIDENT by Diana Reische
NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Index not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Just in time for the next election, here's a good introduction to the basics of the political process. Read full book review >

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NOTHING UP MY SLEEVE by Diana López
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"A clever reveal highlights this appealing, Latino cast. (author's note, resources) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Three 12-year-old friends dedicate a summer to practicing the art of magic, but the real trick lies in dealing not simply with cards, but with their differences. Read full book review >

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ERASED FROM MEMORY by Diana O’Hehir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2006

"Carla's second caper sparkles with sharp wit and moves nicely."
Sardonic Carla Day (Murder Never Forgets, 2005) again becomes a sleuth by default when her elderly father wanders into a murder puzzle. Read full book review >

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MURDER NEVER FORGETS by Diana O’Hehir
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 2005

"O'Hehir scores big with her wry heroine, perceptive depictions of auxiliary characters, nuanced approach to Alzheimer's and intriguing snippets of Egyptian poetry."
When memory and fantasy collide, truth is up for grabs in this mystery debut from O'Hehir, short-listed for a Pulitzer for I Wish This War Were Over (1984). Read full book review >

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THE MARRIAGE BED by Diana Saville
Released: March 1, 1996

"Saville has the trappings down but needs to work on creating characters worth caring about—and, here, a hollow ending doesn't help matters."
A British writer's debut aspires to Pilcheresque heights (glorious English gardens, estranged children, the sanctity of home) but falls way short, thanks to far too many loose ends and not nearly enough charm. Read full book review >