Search Results: "Ellen Beier"


BOOK REVIEW

RINGO SAVES THE DAY! by Andrew Clements
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"This easy reader's design features two or three sentences per page with varied text placement, a large type-size, and much white space, creating a satisfying reader at the first-grade level with a built-in safety lesson as well. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
The Pets to the Rescue easy reader series presents true stories of animals that have saved lives, providing a dose of realistic drama along with controlled vocabulary and short sentences. Read full book review >

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MRS. PEACHTREE AND THE EIGHTH AVENUE CAT by Erica Silverman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Zelinsky's The Story of Mrs. Lovewright and Purrless Her Cat (1985) would make a pungent contrast. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Even Mrs. Peachtree's name belies her gruff exterior, so it's no surprise when she and a persistent stray cat reach affectionate accommodation; but it is satisfying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CENTERFIELD BALLHAWK by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Rudimentary dynamics in JosÇ's motherless Hispanic family add a social dimension to the sports action. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Worrying about how he can't match his father's .375 minor-league batting average, JosÇ (9) barely notices the spectacular plays he himself makes on defense for the Peach Street Mudders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE HILL MEADOWS by Cynthia Rylant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Beier's illustrations, interspersed throughout, feature landscapes, household objects, and the animal members of the family—all the details of a beloved home. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rylant (Cat Heaven, p. 1035, etc.) presents four seasonal stories about the Meadow family of Blue Hill, Virginia, where the pace is gentle, and where there is time to stop and savor life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MRS. PEACHTREE'S BICYCLE by Erica Silverman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"Best of all, it maintains a light, breezy tone throughout, not only in the text, but in Beier's pictures, too. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This turn-of-the-century tale breaks stereotypes while teaching the value of determination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE 18 PENNY GOOSE by Sally M. Walker
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"Along with the realistic watercolors, Walker maintains the inherent suspense of the story throughout; new readers will be glued to the pages right to the rewarding conclusion. (Fiction. 5-8)"
The setting of this I Can Read is 1778, when British soldiers invade the American colonies, forcing Letty to leave behind the one possession she values most—her gander, Solomon. Read full book review >

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ELLEN OH
by Alex Heimbach

Like most writers, Ellen Oh was an avid reader growing up. “Books were always my friends,” she says. At least until second grade, when her teacher read The Five Chinese Brothers to the class. Afterwards, her classmates taunted her with racial slurs, and one boy tried to paint her skin yellow because she was "the wrong color for a ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE HUMMING ROOM by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"An homage to a cherished classic that can work as a companion piece or stand alone as a solid, modern tale for young readers in the 21st century. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A young orphan finds herself in a remote mansion that hides many secrets. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLIND SPOT by Laura Ellen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Though there's entirely too much going on, this is an engaging page turner with a very likable protagonist. (Mystery. 12-18) "
A girl with macular degeneration finds herself the key witness in a murder mystery set in Alaska. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMALL PERSONS WITH WINGS by Ellen Booraem
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Frequently hysterical dialogue, a hugely sympathetic protagonist and a baroque concatenation of magics and counter-magics will keep readers glued to this smart, earthy and thoughtful tale. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Whatever you do, don't call them fairies. Read full book review >