Search Results: "Elaine Russell"


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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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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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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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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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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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WHAT'S YOUR SIGN?
by Mandy Wan

 

BOOK REPORT for Zodiac (Book 1) by Romina Russell

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque
BFF Charm: Meh
Swoonworthy Scale:
 3
Talky Talk: Exposition Overload
Bonus Factor:
 Zodiac
Bonus/Anti-Bonus Factor: Houses
Relationship Status: First Date Fizzle

 

Cover Story: Cosmos-esque

This reminds me of the artwork for many a scientific docu-series: neat to look at, but ...


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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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ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"These pictures tell the story as clearly as the simple text, whose language and frequent repetition make this scientific biography easily accessible to beginning readers. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
From childhood, Konrad Lorenz was fascinated by ducks and geese, growing up to become a prize-winning scientist who offered new insights into animal behavior. Read full book review >

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AS BIG AS YOU by Elaine Greenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The book jacket can be removed and on the inside there's a growth chart for wee ones. (Picture book. 2-6)"
From its fresh green endpapers to the grace notes of acorn and berry, flower and vegetable, a loving adult voice follows a baby through the seasons. Read full book review >