Search Results: "Elizabeth Mann"


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TOMORROW, NEXT YEAR by Elizabeth Mann
Released: Aug. 14, 2008

"A big, bold and brassy celebration of the West, ideal for dedicated readers."
This broad, sweeping novel presents four generations of ranchers living, working and dying in British Columbia's stunning Okanagan Valley. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MAN by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Exceptional. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A tale of finding a place to belong with a specific setting but universal appeal. Read full book review >

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THE PARTHENON by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2006

"Though the author ends abruptly with the catastrophic explosion of 1687, she once again will leave readers buzzed about one of the great works of architecture, and more deeply aware of the ways in which it reflects its builders' beliefs and attitudes. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Perceptive as always, Mann not only examines the construction of the Parthenon in this new entry in her Wonders of the World series, she also discusses what decorating this glorious, no-expenses-spared, holy temple with statues not of gods but of mortals reveals about how Athenians regarded themselves. Read full book review >

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THE PANAMA CANAL by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Mann and Rangel have created an exceptional resource for the classroom, as well as an epic piece of storytelling. (maps, diagrams, index) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-12)"
Mann (The Great Wall, 1997, etc.) offers the older end of the picture-book set a concrete, engaging narrative on another of the man-made wonders of the world. Read full book review >

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TIKAL by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Still, a reading list would have been nice, especially considering the pace of new discoveries, and the availability of such engaging related titles as Laurie Coulter's Secrets in Stone: All About Maya Hieroglyphs (2001). (map, timeline, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Despite plenty of recent archaeological and paleographical discoveries, ancient Mayan history and culture remain by and large great unknowns—a reality that forces even careful, reputable writers like Mann, author of the brilliant Brooklyn Bridge (1996) and other studies of great monuments, into generalizations and speculation. Read full book review >

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THE TAJ MAHAL by Elizabeth Mann
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"The text is a bit dry and not particularly child-friendly, but certainly thorough. (Nonfiction. 9 & up)"
The story of the Taj Mahal is widely known and many believe it to be a romantic tale: A 17th-century ruler of India, Shah Jahan, builds a monument and tomb for his beloved wife, whom he loses during the birth of their 14th child. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT WALL by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Mann makes thrilling the ironies of the Great Wall: It never fulfilled its purpose of providing safety by exclusion, and contributed to the downfall of the Ming dynasty because of its enormous cost. (maps, chronology, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A beautiful and informative entry in the Wonders of the World series in which Mann (The Brooklyn Bridge, 1996, not reviewed, etc.) meticulously outlines the building of the Great Wall as well as the thousands of years of conflict that prompted it. Read full book review >

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STATUE OF LIBERTY by Elizabeth Mann
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"It's not exactly an untold tale, but this new telling is worth the read. (measurements, bibliography, 'The New Colossus') (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A solid new entry in Mann's exemplary tour of the modern world's architectural wonders (The Taj Mahal, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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UP WHERE THE AIR IS CLEAR
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Cover Story: High in the Sky

BFF Charm: Yay x 2

Swoonworthy Scale: 1

Talky Talk: The Adventures of Black Dove and White Raven

Bonus Factors: Ethiopian History, Pilots

Relationship Status: Love You Like a Brother

 

Cover Story: High in the Sky

The cover is perfect for this book ...


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AVIATRIXES
by Leila Roy

Her birthday, the day she died, the day she first realized she wanted to fly—if we tried, I’m sure that we could make any day into Bessie Coleman day. But today is an especially good pick, because ninety-six years ago, on June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman earned her pilot’s license—the first African American woman, as well as the first woman ...


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SPILL THE WINE AND TAKE THAT PEARL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein

Cover Story: Go On, Take The Money and Run
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: I Capture the Castle
Bonus Factors: Crumbling Aristocracy, Sweet Ride, History’s Mysteries
Relationship Status: It’s Like Being In Love, Discovering Your Best Friend

Cover Story: Go On, Take The ...


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NOTORIOUS DISSENSION
by Julie Danielson

Last night at a book club gathering of sorts, a friend of mine, who is the mother of two girls, was asking for picture book recommendations – picture books with a political bent, that is, which she can read to a five-year-old. More specifically, given that she’s nervous about a Trump administration, she wanted her daughter to see good picture ...


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