Search Results: "Earvin 'Magic' Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

MY LIFE by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A lock for a fast-break to the bestseller lists. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magic's second autobiography, far richer than his first (Magic, 1983), for this one (written with Novak, coauthor of autobiographies of Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, etc.) details not only the prestidigitation of the NBA's greatest point guard but also the stunning 1991 revelation of HIV infection that turned Johnson into a world celebrity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2009

"Doesn't dig as deep as it could, but offers a captivating look at the NBA's greatest era."
NBA legends Bird and Johnson, fierce rivals during their playing days, team up on a mutual career retrospective. Read full book review >

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GOING UNDERGROUND
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Sense of Humor

Bonus Factors: Cults, Underground London

Relationship Status: Where Do You Think You’re Going?

 

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

The first time I saw the new ...


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ALL THE WHILE THE SLIME WAS UNDER THE BUILDING
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)  by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: A For Effort
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist
Bonus Factors: Ghosts, London, Creepy Old Insane Asylum
Relationship Status: Rebound


 

Cover Story: A For Effort

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PALAZZO INVERSO by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Few children will persevere through this exhausting journey. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An homage to M.C. Escher's head-tilting, mind-reeling artwork, this disorienting book asks children to stretch their imaginations and travel on a circuitous journey outside traditional, comfortable reading experiences. Read full book review >

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THE LOST TOOTH CLUB by Arden Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 1998

"Still, Johnson excels at animal expressions, as in her boisterous dream sequence depicting a gap-toothed menagerie, presided over by a moon with a missing tooth; Olivia's flyaway red hair forms a centerpiece to most of the soft-toned pastel compositions. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A book with an expected ending—a tooth falls out—that unintentionally reaffirms the value of pure conformity. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Multilevel bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using color photos of modern reenactments, plus a well- organized commentary enlivened by historical detail, the author/photographer of The Battle of Gettysburg (1989) re-creates the ``shot heard `round the world'' and the rest of the Revolutionary War's opening engagement. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND THE PAINTER by Jane Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Johnson's concept and pictures are marvelous, but they don't compensate for this ineptly written tale. (Historical fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Johnson (Bertie on the Beach, 1981, etc.) had a great idea: Take one of the world's most famous paintings and create a story around the characters portrayed in it. Read full book review >

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YOUR DAD WAS JUST LIKE YOU by Dolores Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"Warm and realistic, with gently understated illustrations that bring out the poignancy of these good, loving African Americans trying to escape hurtful patterns. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Peter takes his problem to Grandpa: Dad ``never smiles—he only yells.'' As the two stroll around the neighborhood where Dad also grew up, Grandpa recalls his son's childhood—a lively boy like Peter, he too had trouble in school and quarreled with his father until the day Grandpa made him a special ``trophy'' for a canceled race the boy had counted on winning—and had run, alone, in a downpour. Read full book review >

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BIG-TOP CIRCUS by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"But when Johnson does get specific, as in explaining how a young woman hangs by her hair, the information is so fresh and unusual as to make the rest of the book mundane by comparison. (Picture book/Nonfiction. 4-8)"
An exploration of one of the last of a vanishing breed of travelling entertainments—the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"A simultaneously painful and inspiring page-turner."
A no-holds-barred "biography of depression," based on the alternating journal entries of a mother and daughter. Read full book review >