Search Results: "Eleanor Henderson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TWELVE-MILE STRAIGHT by Eleanor Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Strong medicine, not always easy to swallow, but readers who like a challenge will relish this gifted writer's ambition and grit."
The births of two babies and the consequent lynching of a black man launch Henderson's (Ten Thousand Saints, 2011) grim investigation into the fractures of race, class, and family in rural Georgia. Read full book review >

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TEN THOUSAND SAINTS by Eleanor Henderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2011

"Henderson displays a powerful moral imagination; all that's missing is discipline."
Screwed-up parents beget screwed-up kids. So it's no surprise that an ill-omened teen pregnancy is the centerpiece of this bold debut, a heady witches' brew. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2014

"Compelling childbirth narratives told from fresh perspectives."
Thirty-one female writers (including the editors) narrate their highly personal experiences of giving birth, beginning with the choices they made in advance, and how the reality compared with their expectations. 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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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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ASTEROID IMPACT by Douglas Henderson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"He closes with a question-and-answer section that recounts the modern discovery of the blast's geological and paleontological evidence. (index, short bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
To eye-widening scenes of an asteroid blazing down from the heavens and creating a titanic fireball, Henderson (Dinosaur Ghosts: The Mystery of Coelophysis, 1997) matches a suitably dramatic, written account of how the Age of Dinosaurs probably came to its precipitate end. Read full book review >

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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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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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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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AND THE GOOD BROWN EARTH by Kathy Henderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"However Gram and Joe may differ in their methods, their shared pleasure in the bounteous results comes through clearly. (Picture book. 6-8)"
As a year turns, Gran and little Joe tend adjacent garden patches—Gran digging, planting careful rows, and methodically tending to business, Joe exuberantly broadcasting his seeds, fooling around with the hose, pulling whatever catches his eye. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 8, 2012

"A useful biography for anyone interested in a more complete history of African-American art and artists."
A new volume celebrates the life and work of African-American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, oppressed during her lifetime and almost forgotten by history. Read full book review >