Search Results: "Elisa Carbone"


BOOK REVIEW

LAST DANCE ON HOLLADAY STREET by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2005

"Though Eva conveniently finds kind-hearted adults stepping in at need to rescue her from both human and animal predators, in the end she does figure out a cleverly credible way to make an honest living for her, Sadie and Pearl. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Spurred by the deaths of her foster parents, a 13-year-old finds the mother who gave her away—and why—in this tale from the Old West. Read full book review >

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STEALING FREEDOM by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Baltimore to be sold') to subtle irony underlying scenes in which abolitionists gather to fuss over Ann Marie as if she were some rare animal, this story pays tribute to the power of the very idea of freedom. (Fiction. 11-15)"
PLB 0-679-99307-X This compelling tale of a passenger on the Underground Railroad is entirely populated with historical figures; not since Gary Paulsen's Nightjohn (1993) has the physical and emotional impact of slavery been made so palpable. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Riveting reading, well-timed for the centennial of the Titanic's sinking. (afterword) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Based on a true story of shipwreck and rescue, Carbone's tale is leavened with narration by Anthony, a venturesome lad whose penchant for playing pirates helps him through the harrowing event. Read full book review >

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DIANA'S WHITE HOUSE GARDEN by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"An important piece of our history brought down to a child's level. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
Based on a true story, Carbone's story shines a light on the little girl who became the face of the first White House victory garden. Read full book review >

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JUMP by Elisa Carbone
FICTION
Released: May 13, 2010

"The short chapters, unusual topic and alternating first-person voices make this an exceptional choice for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Two teenage runaways bond as they scale various challenging cliff faces in this romantic adventure that will please fans of both Anthony Horowitz and Meg Cabot. Read full book review >

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SARAH AND THE NAKED TRUTH by Elisa Carbone
Released: April 1, 2000

"A lighthearted treatment of kids' issues that manages not to sugarcoat. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The spunky ten-year-old heroine of Starting School with an Enemy (1998) is back, and she's welcome. Read full book review >

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THE PACK by Elisa Carbone
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"An author's note offers information on wolves, examples of real 'wolf children,' and Web sites about school violence. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The tip-off that there will be mayhem occurs in the first paragraph of this awkward effort that pairs the theme of wolf behavior with a Columbine-style school massacre. Read full book review >

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STORM WARRIORS by Elisa Carbone
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"While every bit as rousing a tale of men against the sea as Donna Hill's Shipwreck Season (1998), another tribute to the US Life-Saving Service, Nathan's narrative also creates a vivid picture of his time's harsh racial storms. (afterword) (Fiction. 11-13)"
The author of Stealing Freedom (1998) again runs a strong-minded young person headlong into barriers of custom and racial prejudice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARTING SCHOOL WITH AN ENEMY by Elisa Carbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Shrewdly, with sharp characterizations, Carbone delivers a difficult lesson in an exciting tale. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A story that starts out like any other about playground quarrels, but briskly moves into some gratifying intricacies about the nature of fighting and winning. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Lively historical fiction at its best. (afterword, author's note, acknowledgments, sources) (Fiction. 10 )"
Lucky to escape the gallows but doomed to servitude in the New World, young Samuel Collier instead finds adventure and a chance to remake himself, away from the streets and orphanages he has known. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"An excellent way to teach history, this belongs in every library. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Based on a true story the author came across while writing the historical-fiction novel Stealing Freedom (1998), this beautifully illustrated picture book tells of the attempt of a young slave boy to escape his situation and go north. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FRIENDSHIP WISH by Elisa Kleven
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Although it may not be eventful enough for the masses, this quiet story could be just right for a preschooler who is about to begin school, has just moved or is shy about meeting new peers. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dreams of angels help the new dog in the neighborhood make friends. Read full book review >