Search Results: "Dori Hillestad Butler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HAUNTED LIBRARY by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"Simple text, brief chapters and a high-interest topic all combine to make this, the first of a series, an easy sell to readers newly transitioned to chapter books. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A young ghost named Kaz is swept away from his home and ghost family by a strong wind, finally coming to rest in a library. Read full book review >

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F IS FOR FIREFIGHTING by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Informative and intriguing. (Picture book. 6-9)"
More than just showcasing letters, this alphabet text introduces a blend of traditional firefighting terms and lesser known and more advanced elements like intersection control devices. Read full book review >

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SLIDING INTO HOME by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Breezy and fast-paced, with a feminist slant. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Joelle has moved to a small town and is appalled to learn that she will not be allowed to play on the school baseball team. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT TRUMAN SCHOOL by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Though sometimes a bit pedantic, this is a realistic portrayal of the negative influence of bullying, cliques, and peer pressure as they might affect tweens inside and outside the online world. (Fiction. 10-13)"
It all begins when Zebby quits the Truman Middle School Bugle in protest over the newspaper advisor's refusal to let her say anything negative about the school. Read full book review >

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MY MOM’S HAVING A BABY! by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"EWSLUGp2004, illustrated by Sarah Nayler, or Laurel Molk's lyrical but oblique When You Were Just a Heartbeat (2004). (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
With unwavering exuberance, young Elizabeth takes readers month-by-month through her mom's pregnancy, tracking her prospective sibling's size from September's "only as big as my bottom front tooth," through February's "as big as my stuffed rabbit," and on to May's delivery. Read full book review >

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KING & KAYLA AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING DOG TREATS by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"The author of The Buddy Files whips up a light mystery fare for the younger set. (Early reader. 6-8)"
In a brand-new series a girl and a dog are detectives, finding mysteries in everyday events. Read full book review >

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KING & KAYLA AND THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS MOUSE by Dori Hillestad Butler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Kids who don't always have the vocabulary to express themselves will sympathize with this waggish pup and his earnest desire to be understood by his human. (Early reader. 6-8)"
The gal-and-dog gumshoes are back, this time catching an unexpected culprit in the act. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE FIRE ALARM by Dori Hillestad Butler
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A solid addition to the series. (Mystery. 6-9)"
The friendliest and smartest golden retriever on the planet is ready for his next detective mystery, exuberantly jumping in with all paws to discover who pulled the school fire alarm. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"This first entry in a series is both sweet and suspenseful. (Mystery. 6-8)"
Golden retriever King can't understand where his family has gone. Read full book review >

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EASY DOES IT
by Julie Danielson

If you are a parent, teacher, or librarian looking for some new illustrated beginning chapter books—as in, the kind most often referred to as easy readers, those for students just getting the hang of reading and ready for stories divided into chapters—today I’m rounding up a small handful of new ones that I think will entertain children. Each has something ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HER OWN PLACE by Dori Sanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Small, sharp truths and day-to-day details add up to a story that's larger than life here—that's the cipher of fine writing."
Sanders (the well-received Clover, 1990) returns with a life story that seems to hum along so simply it takes a while to notice that it resonates as powerfully as an old hymn. Read full book review >

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SLIDING INTO THE NEW YEAR by Dori Weinstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Intended as the first in a series; more adventures of YaYa and YoYo will be most welcome. (Fiction. 8-12)"
YaYa and YoYo are twins whose nicknames are based on their Hebrew names. Read full book review >