Search Results: "Elizabeth Speller"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 26, 2012

"A grim manor-house mystery with English upper-class decor and a present-day noir sensibility."
Grief, not love, yokes people together in the aftermath of the Great War. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST OF JULY by Elizabeth Speller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"By foregrounding, with poetic intensity, four individual experiences, Stiller implicitly acknowledges the countless who fought in WWI. A well-crafted tribute."
The catastrophic Battle of the Somme, at the center of World War I, is seen through the eyes of four fighting men whose destinies interconnect, in a sensitive addition to the fiction of the Great War. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF CAPTAIN JOHN EMMETT by Elizabeth Speller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"Historian Speller (Following Hadrian: A Second Century Journey Through the Roman Empire, 2003, etc.) uses the Dyett and Poole executions in WWI as a springboard for this elegantly written antiwar saga."
Surviving World War I is no guarantee of survival. Read full book review >

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EXPLODE by E. Maria Shelton Speller
Released: Sept. 29, 2004

"Confident and indelicate; goads readers to insert themselves in difficult discussions about relevant cultural matters."
Speller explores the intersections of race, sex, violence, and art in this experimental poetry collection. Read full book review >

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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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BOOK REVIEW

SQUARE CAT ABC by Elizabeth Schoonmaker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not as 'Ick'y as the spinach is in Eula's estimation but far from Mouse's opening observation of 'Amazing!' (Picture book. 4-7)"
An abecedary follow-up to Schoonmaker's debut, Square Cat (2011). Read full book review >

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TYGER! TYGER! by Elizabeth Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"Teachers hoping to use the book as a springboard for class discussion of conservation issues, or as part of an area study, should be warned that some readers may be deeply disturbed. (Picture book. 8-12)"
The development of a Buddhist sanctuary for tigers threatened by poachers in Thailand is presented as a graphically illustrated fable. Read full book review >

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THE DELIVERANCE OF DANCING BEARS by Elizabeth Stanley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"A postscript by the author explains her passion for this issue and provides information on how to join the activism for saving the dancing bears and other abused animals. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An unusual story based on fact carries a richly satisfying message. Read full book review >

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THE MOON IN THE MAN by Elizabeth Honey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Children will be delighted to join in, and for adults, this all-too-brief import deserves to become as popular a choice for storytime breaks as Marc Brown's classic Play Rhymes collections. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
Children and caregivers who feel they've plumbed the pleasures of "Rockabye Baby," "Eeensy Weensy Spider," and all the other old chestnuts should fall with glad cries upon this effervescent gathering of original nursery poems and hand rhymes. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDFISH YAWNED by Elizabeth Sayles
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Lovely. (Picture book. 4-6)"
At least partly in homage to "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," Sayles sends a young child on a rhymed dream voyage aboard a toy boat, past a "sock and sneaker reef," through the bedroom window and out to a garden, where "Raccoons tumbled. / An owl ho-o-o-oted" and a banjo-accompanied chorus of "Crickets began to sing!" Read full book review >