Search Results: "Don Calame"


BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Fearlessly foul, this consistently comical series should be required reading for all teenage boys and anyone else with a strong stomach and highly sensitive funny bone. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
It's nice guy Sean's turn to shine in this hilarious follow-up to Swim the Fly (2009) and Beat the Band (2010). Read full book review >

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SWIM THE FLY by Don Calame
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Fully realized secondary characters, realistically raunchy dialogue and the scatological subject matter assure that this boisterous and unexpectedly sweet read will be a word-of-mouth hit. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
This viscerally funny story of one boy's attempt to impress his ladylove by finishing four laps of the dreaded butterfly stroke in a swim competition by summer's end is sure to please fans of Pete Hautman's Rash (2006) and Randy Powell's Three Clams and an Oyster (2002). Read full book review >

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BEAT THE BAND by Don Calame
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

In this side-splitting sequel, Calame details the Swim the Fly (2009) guys' sophomore year, this time from the perspective of horny Cooper. Read full book review >

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DAN VERSUS NATURE by Don Calame
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2016

"Both derivative and pandering. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Dan and his stepfather-to-be go on a hike in the woods to bond. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Suitable for avid younger historians and older reluctant readers. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Traditional journalistic questions are applied to Abraham Lincoln's assassination and funeral, as well as the roundup and executions of John Wilkes Booth and his associates. Read full book review >

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INTO THE VOLCANO by Don Wood
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Those who do will find a rollicking, fast-paced story that resolves itself nicely—an overall creative yarn of greed, family and survival. (Graphic fiction. 9-12)"
From Caldecott Honoree Wood comes an inventive and imaginative graphic adventure. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN BOY by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Includes bibliography and author's note. (Picture book/biography. 8-10)"
Brown begins his beautifully constructed picture-book biography with young Sam's dangerous escapade on the frozen Mississippi River. Read full book review >

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RUTH LAW THRILLS A NATION by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A likable story, well worth telling. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)"
In 1916, ``Ruth Law tried to fly from Chicago to New York City in one day. Read full book review >

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A VOICE FROM THE WILDERNESS by Don Brown
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An author's note fleshes out the details of this extraordinary woman's life. (Biography. 7-9)"
Brown (Mary Kingsley in Africa, 2000, etc.) relies on Anna Howard Shaw's autobiography as the inspiration for his account of a woman whose pioneer background prepared her for the causes she championed in her adult life. Read full book review >

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STRONG AS SANDOW by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Readers will find parallels with Meghan McCarthy's picture-book biography of Charles Atlas, Strong Man (2007), but Tate's celebration of Eugen Sandow makes a solid addition to any biography section. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Tate introduces his readers to one of the first international sports stars in a well-researched biography of bodybuilding strongman Eugen Sandow. Read full book review >

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POET by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While the author justifiably bemoans the disproportionate number of titles about African-Americans that focus on slavery, his decision to illuminate this remarkable man's life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity. (bibliography, author's note, acknowledgements) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Tate paints a portrait of a North Carolina man who pursued his passion for language through long years of enslavement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Despite the book's clarity, many young listeners still may not understand the enormity of the enterprise or its importance in U.S. history (bibliography) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Brown brings to life a complex undertaking that had important repercussions, though his early-elementary audience may not be quite ready for it. Read full book review >