Search Results: "Diane Swanson"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Sure to appeal to odd bods of all ages. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Holes in your head? Read full book review >

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BUGS UP CLOSE by Diane Swanson
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Budding bug lovers will stridulate with delight. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
"Up Close" is right: Davidson's oversized, sharply focused color photos reveal every joint, palp, wing, eye facet and wrinkle on a succession of common insects, from a seemingly puppy-sized blowfly to an earwig blown up to the dimensions of a sausage. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"EWSLUGp2002, is better suited to motivational reading than educational inquiry. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
In this relentlessly enthusiastic esteem-builder, Swanson argues that everyone gets a "cool kit of science skills," useful in any walk of life. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS EAT THE WEIRDEST THINGS by Diane Swanson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"The author's meticulous research is evident here; despite the poor layout and arrangement of text, children will 'eat up' the gross-me-out notions and digest good scientific information. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A people's-eye-view of the strange and unusual eating habits found in the animal kingdom; children will be drawn to the disgusting realm of meals made of spit, vomit, cigarettes, skin, and dandruff, just to name of few. Read full book review >

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SUPER GEAR by Jennifer Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Plenty of good science sunk by tone and blunders. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Science teacher and writer Swanson tells the story behind nanotechnology's introduction and impact on sports. Read full book review >

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MESMER'S DISCIPLE by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"History, action, the supernatural and intelligent discourse; this novel holds something for everyone."
Set in 1840s St. Louis and New York, this historical supernatural thriller pits Alvord Rawn, a vigilante-style New York cop with anger management issues, against Count Abendroth, a demonic mesmerist who has painter Charles Deas in his thrall. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF CORRECTIONS by Doug Swanson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Even though it's more straightforward that most of Jack's Hiaasenesque carnivals of crime, this one shows once more the folly of stocking your barrel with ordinary fish when you could fill it with fish who swim in circles, kill each other, and stick out their tongues."
When the two-bit police force of Luster, Texas, picks up Wesley Joy for speeding, pulls him in for the smidgen of heroin they find, and learns that the car he's driving was spotted leaving a drug-killing scene, Wesley, "lawyer to the stars of scum," is in a pickle. Read full book review >

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Madoc's Legacy by Edward Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2014

"A rollicking, rip-roaring novel, big and wild as the American frontier."
Brawls and battles ensue when a trapping party encounters a weird tribe deep in the wilds of 19th-century Upper Michigan. Read full book review >

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A LIFE WORTHWHILE by K.C. Swanson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Awkward prose undermines this story of troubled siblings, despite its strong sense of place."
Brothers cope with difficult circumstances in this debut novel set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Read full book review >

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Siren Spell by Cidney  Swanson
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"A delightful drama with well-done supernatural elements that heighten the themes of anger and forgiveness."
In this YA novel from Swanson (Perilous: A Ripple Novel, 2015, etc), a ballet-obsessed teenager in Oregon confronts dangerous sirens, her family's mysterious history, and, most frightening of all, the need to forgive her mom. Read full book review >