Search Results: "Eleanor Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

STINKY by Eleanor Davis
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 25, 2008

Deep in the swamp dwells Stinky, a purple, spotted monster with horns and a hedgehog 'do. Read full book review >

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FLOP TO THE TOP! by Eleanor Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The book is so much fun that both lessons—in reading and in life—go down easy. (Graphic early reader. 4-8) "
It's a perfectly Wanda-ful day until one large, boneless dog upstages his owner. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE AND THE COPYCAT CROOK by Eleanor Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"With its bounty of factlets slipped in for learning on the sly, it's a sure kid and teacher pleaser—a perfect package for tweens. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)"
Julian Calendar has a plan to avoid being a friendless nerd at his new school: Play dumb and pretend to love sports. Read full book review >

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I HAVE ANOTHER LANGUAGE by Eleanor Schick
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"The appealing soft gray of the illustrations is just right for this mood piece; with precise yet understated line and gentle shading, Schick depicts the narrator's joy and captures the special grace of a memorable performance. (Picture book. 5-10)"
In spare prose and soft-pencil illustrations, Schick (a former dancer who studied with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey) evokes a day in the life of a young African-American performer, beginning with a glimpse of home and school but focusing on dance class and her first stage appearance, when ``every movement feels more real than it ever has before'' and when last night's dreams combine with the morning's first hint of spring to create ``Things I can't say in words,'' but can suddenly express with dance. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND THE MONSTER by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Taylor's tale is just about average, but her adorable monster is a winner. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Louis finds a big, shaggy surprise in the family's new house. Read full book review >

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BEEP, BEEP, LET’S GO! by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Though the ending feels abrupt, youngsters will no doubt enjoy the ride. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog family heads to the beach in Taylor's playful outing: "Jump in. Read full book review >

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LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Both thoroughly researched and absolutely modern, this harkens back to the slightly soapy but still reasonably intelligent mass-market historicals of an earlier era, updated just right for today's audience. (author's note, author Q-and-A, discussion questions) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
Herman, best known for nonfiction about what royalty get up to in (and out of) the bedroom (Sex with Kings, 2004, etc.), changes direction to enter the teen-crossover field with straight-up historical fantasy. Read full book review >

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WILDINGS by Eleanor Glewwe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Bittersweet but hopeful. (Fantasy. 10-15)"
After the revolution, the hard work begins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Ordinary life, in Randolph's hands, is truly extraordinary."
This harrowing and engrossing account of the chaos of Russia in the '90s leaves the reader as stunned as the Russians currently struggling for their very survival. Read full book review >

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A SIMPLE MURDER by Eleanor Kuhns
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 8, 2012

"Kuhns' focus on a closed community allows her to keep her story from drowning in period detail while emphasizing both the limitations and the charms of the Shakers' vanished world."
The winner of the 2011 MWA/Minotaur First Crime Novel Competition takes an itinerant weaver searching for his son to an unexpectedly tangled mystery inside a Shaker community in 1796 Maine. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2008

"The incredible life of a formidable woman, fetchingly told."
Herman (Sex with the Queen, 2006, etc.) does her royal best with the fantastic story of a tax collector's daughter from Viterbo who finagled her way into a position of power at the Vatican. Read full book review >

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RADIOMEN by Eleanor Lerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"Without a streamlined plot to push it along, Lerman's novel feels torn between relishing the fun of its more outlandish components and clutching at an adult refusal of wonder."
Combining curiously disparate elements including radios, dogs, aliens and a religious cult, poet Lerman (Strange Life, 2014, etc.) pulls together a novel about a woman rediscovering how to find interest in her own life.Read full book review >