Search Results: "Elaine Russell"


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ACROSS THE MEKONG RIVER by Elaine Russell
Released: Aug. 6, 2012

"A multifaceted tale of complex characters finding new lives in their new world."
Ravaged by the Vietnam War, a culturally ingrained family from Laos leaves everything behind to pursue a dangerous journey across the Mekong River leading them from Thailand to the United States in Russell's novel. Read full book review >

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MONTANA IN A MINOR by Elaine Russell
Released: April 27, 2014

"Well-written and engaging YA."
In this excellent YA novel, Russell's (Across the Mekong River, 2012) teenage cellist heroine, Emily Lopez, uses music as her framework for dealing with the world. Read full book review >

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Martin McMillan and the Secret of the Ruby Elephant by Elaine Russell
Released: July 3, 2012

"A middle-grade adventure story with plenty of action and an engaging plot, which may appeal to fans of the Indiana Jones movies."
Russell (Across the Mekong River, 2012, etc.) returns with her second middle-grade adventure story about the teen hero of Martin McMillan and the Lost Inca City (2005), who this time finds himself tracking down criminals in Thailand. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOUT THAILAND by Elaine Russell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Appreciation for Thailand's heritage will quickly follow the reading of this book. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Detailed cultural information about a country that most people in the U.S. may only know about through its food. Read full book review >

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"New fans and old will be glad that Martin can't stay out of trouble."
Russell (Montana in A Manor, 2014, etc.) offers another YA mystery featuring skateboarding trouble-magnet Martin McMillan.Read full book review >

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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. Read full book review >

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WHEN IS A PLANET NOT A PLANET? by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

Joining the rush of revised views of the solar system for young readers that has been following in the wake of the International Astronomical Union's decision to redefine Pluto (and some other fellow wanderers) as "dwarf planets" rather than the full-fledged sort, this production shows several signs of haste, from a narrative that fails to note that Pluto has more than one moon to a chapter that opens with a full page, uncaptioned photo of a vague smear of light. Read full book review >

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MRS. ROSE'S GARDEN by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"(Picture book. 3-6)"
Mrs. Rose's Garden ($15.00; May 1, 1996; 32 pp.; 0-689-80215-3): A gentle tale of homegrown generosity. Mrs. Rose has always wanted to win blue ribbons, until her unusual mix of fertilizers produces a whole garden full of prize-winning vegetables. ``Somehow it didn't feel like fun anymore,'' so Mrs. Rose hits on a plan to neatly redistribute the bounty and turn all her neighbors into winners, too. Mrs. Rose gets a special ribbon from Mr. Rose for having ``the biggest heart''—a nice touch in a winning and warming story accompanied by paintings that have a flattened perspective and a sweet, quirky magic. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF THE CIRQUE MEDRANO by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"The language is sometimes jarringly modern, and there is not a lot of character development, but it places an interesting historical moment within the grasp of middle-schoolers. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This lively tale, set in 1904, follows 14-year-old Brigitte, whose French mother has died in Warsaw, after which she is sent to live with her aunt and uncle in Paris. Read full book review >

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MARS AND THE SEARCH FOR LIFE by Elaine Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Readers will come away with both a coherent historical overview and a heady sense that we are on the verge of some epoch-making discoveries. (resource list) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Getting closer looks at Mars has long been both an alluring goal of the U.S. space program and one of its most spectacular technological achievements. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"It's a challenging title, with appeal mostly for highly motivated science enthusiasts. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Spectacular full-color photographs and computer images will attract readers to this volume of current information about the universe, but Scott (Twins!, p. 117) assumes a lot of prior knowledge on the part of readers, and there is no glossary of terms nor timeline to help with the context. Read full book review >