Search Results: "Ellen Harasimowicz"


BOOK REVIEW

BEETLE BUSTERS by Loree Griffin Burns
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid example of science controversy in everyday life. (author's note, resources, glossary, bibliography and acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Will chopping down 33,000 trees in Worcester, Massachusetts, save other forests from the destructive Asian longhorned beetle? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"For curious children and teachers alike, this is an ideal introduction to science activities that leave no child inside. (bibliography, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-14) "
Citizen-science projects involving butterflies, birds, frogs and ladybugs span the seasons and involve people of all ages in meaningful observation of the world around us. Read full book review >

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HANDLE WITH CARE by Loree Griffin Burns
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Despite this miscalculation, an otherwise valuable addition to any classroom library. (bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
Beautiful butterflies on view in museums and gardens across North America begin life on farms in Costa Rica. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Readers may be left wanting more but will be well served by this example of a scientific mystery still unsolved. (glossary, materials to study, acknowledgments, selected references, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Not long after beekeepers encountered a devastating new problem in their hives in 2006, a team of bee scientists began working to discover the causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), now attributed to a combination of factors possibly including pesticides, nutrition, mites and viruses. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"Forney's story should resonate with those grappling with similar issues, while her artistry should appeal to a wide readership."
For anyone who loves graphic memoir or has concerns about bipolar swings, creativity and medication, this narrative will prove as engaging and informative as it is inspirational. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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SLOB by Ellen Potter
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"While some readers may balk at some of its more convenient coincidences, fans of Jerry Spinelli and others of his ilk may especially enjoy it and will be held rapt. (Mystery. 9-12)"
An intriguingly offbeat mystery concerning the theft of cookies from a boy's lunch, at turns humorous, suspenseful and poignant. Read full book review >

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THE CRIMSON CAP by Ellen Howard
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A well-imagined window into a little-known past. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1687, when LaSalle's attempted French settlement in present-day Texas foundered, ten-year-old Pierre Talon left his family to go with the explorer for help but got no further than a Hasinai Indian town, where he grew into manhood before Spaniards came to "rescue" him and he had to choose an identity. Read full book review >