Search Results: "Elizabeth Swados"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FOUR OF US by Elizabeth Swados
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Lincoln Sail'' (as he called himself) is, though disjointed, grimly fascinating."
Swados (Listening Out Loud, 1988, etc.), a writer/composer best known for the musical Runaways, offers a painful memoir of growing-up in a family beset by mental illness—with compelling ghastliness in many of the details but insufficient overall drama or insight. Read full book review >

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FLAMBOYANT by Elizabeth Swados
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1998

"Problematic, but always pungent and at times penetrating. (Author tour)"
Playwright/novelist Swados (The Myth Man, 1994, etc.) sends an Orthodox Jewish woman to teach English in a school for gay teenagers. Read full book review >

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WALKING THE DOG by Elizabeth Swados
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"One of a kind. Deserves a big splash and lots of readers."
An international art star becomes a dog walker after 25 harsh years in federal prison. Read full book review >

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THE MYTH MAN by Elizabeth Swados
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"A traveling show that goes nowhere. (Author tour)"
Swados (The Four of Us, 1991) seems to have intended some sort of deep subtext in this puzzling novel, but it is too carefully buried. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMAL RESCUE STORE by Elizabeth Swados
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Somehow, it all works together, enhanced by Wilson's vibrant illustrations, bright background colors and a jazzy design. (Poetry. 5-10)"
The author's background in writing and composing for the theater is evident in this unusual collection of poetry that begs to be read aloud in dramatic voices or acted out as a class play. Read full book review >

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HEY YOU! C’MERE by Elizabeth Swados
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Thick impasto colors and geometric forms take kinetic shape as the cast of characters, their props (don't miss the multilayered ice cream cones), and the architecture of fire escapes and sidewalks take the stage. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In a burnished urban landscape full of the colors of summer, a group of youngsters gather. 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 >