Search Results: "Ellen Howard"


BOOK REVIEW

A DIFFERENT KIND OF COURAGE by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Zina regains her voice and Bertrand loses his fear, but they never clearly realize just why they've been sent away, and readers expecting them to reach safety will find the conclusion precipitate. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A dry, disappointing story of two children fleeing Nazi-occupied France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOWER ROOM by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"It doesn't quite ring true that the other girl knows about the abortion, or that Aunt Olive doesn't know of the second entrance into the tower; but those are small flaws in an unusually engaging story with a real heartwarmer of a conclusion. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After her mother's death in 1953, fifth-grader Mary Brooke comes to share the family home with Aunt Olive, who's been living there alone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GATE IN THE WALL by Ellen Howard
Released: April 1, 1999

"Although the uniformly kind-hearted supporting cast and neatly wrapped ending give this a conventional narrative arc, the strong female leads and well-established sense of era will remind readers of Karen Cushman's The Midwife's Apprentice (1995). (Fiction. 10-12)"
Locked out of the silk factory for being but a moment late, an orphan passes through an unexpectedly open gate to a better life in this engrossing tale of expanding horizons from Howard (A Different Kind of Courage, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOG CABIN CHURCH by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"An effort doubly blessed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A young girl comes to understand the meaning of church in this newest Log Cabin treat (Log Cabin Quilt, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOG CABIN QUILT by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

"This meditation on a small triumph over loss will add humanity to school units on the pioneers. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An atmosphere of restrained grief and quiet struggle suffuses this almost inspirational story from Howard (A Different Kind of Courage, p. 170, etc.) that draws on the experiences of 19th- century pioneers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CELLAR by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Ten appealing full-page b&w illustrations, not seen in final form. (Fiction. 4-9)"
Four brief chapters outline a single troublesome day from the point of view of the middle daughter in the midwestern family that has appeared in several books (Edith, Herself, 1987), skillfully capturing the dynamics of Faith's position when she was the youngest, with a motherly older sister (Alena) and two brothers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG SEED by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Hoban's cozy, cartoon-style illustrations are just right. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bess, smallest in her class, is constantly being shoved out of the way or left till last. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CHICKENHOUSE HOUSE by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Engaging historical fiction. (Fiction/Young readers. 7-10)"
Moving back in time, Howard presents Alena of Sister (1990) in a book for younger children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOG CABIN WEDDING by Ellen Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Like its three predecessors, this will have strong appeal to fledgling readers reared on the Little House tales and the like. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Narrating with her customary unschooled spellin' and grammar, young Elvira ("Elvirey") Read full book review >