Search Results: "Ellen Joy Sasaki"


BOOK REVIEW

GUS, THE PILGRIM TURKEY by Teresa Bateman
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

When his friends clue him in on why he's not likely to see the New Year, Gus decides to head south with the other birds: "Maybe that's why they don't end up as dinner!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COUNT YOUR CHICKENS by Jo Ellen Bogart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There is so much feathered fun here, it's pure poultry in motion. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfolding in short, bouncy rhymes, this atypical counting book fills its pages with a flock of chickens enjoying a day at the county fair. Read full book review >

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ELLEN ULLMAN
by Gregory McNamee

A thinking machine, grumbled the tradition-minded British writer G. K. Chesterton, “is a brainless phrase of modern fatalism and materialism.” He added, “A machine only is a machine because it cannot think.”

But that was at the turn of the last century. A dozen decades later, thinking machines are among us, machines that learn from our behavior and ...


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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

FINDING PARIS by Joy Preble
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 21, 2015

"Fast-paced with intriguing teen characters, a budding relationship and a bit of mystery—curiosity will keep those pages turning. (Fiction. 13-17)"
Paranormal author Preble (The A-Word, 2014, etc.) crosses over to straight teen fiction with this drama wrapped in a mystery. Read full book review >

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HAUNTED by Joy Preble
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Entertaining, if quite a jumble. (Supernatural thriller. 12 & up)"
In this sequel to Dreaming Anastasia (2009), 17-year-old Anne faces up to the fact that she has a magical destiny that she cannot escape. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAMBOURINE MOON by Joy Jones
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Widener's illustrations capture the slate colors of the night sky, while his subdued tones in the city and country scenes turn the moon into a radiant lunar nightlight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In a heartfelt story from Jones, a moonlit night and a tambourine link the past and present for a little girl and her grandfather. Read full book review >

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STARBRIGHT AND THE DREAM EATER by Joy Cowley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 2000

"Though not up to the standards of such terror classics as Neal Shusterman's Eyes of Kid Midas (1992) or Margaret Mahy's Changeover (1984), this will still provide readers with some unnerving moments and a resourceful, self-confident heroine. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An alien predator that strikes through dreams threatens all humanity in this contrived but suspenseful import from the versatile Cowley (Red-Eyed Tree Frog, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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RED-EYED TREE FROG by Joy Cowley
Released: March 1, 1999

"The combination of such visually sophisticated pages and simplistic captions make this a top-heavy, unsatisfying title. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Bishop's spectacular photographs of the tiny red-eyed tree frog defeat an incidental text from Cowley (Singing Down the Rain, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUICK AND THE DEAD by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2000

"Williams is in top form here (State of Grace, 1990, etc.), her outrage balanced by a wise, compassionate, bemused overview. Think Denis Johnson's world, minus the drugs—ultimately, though, Williams echoes only herself in a risky, frisky, profound book."
A highly original coming-of-ager that integrates the gothic and magical realism in its consideration of families, youth, souls, and the fates of species. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VISITING PRIVILEGE by Joy Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"Williams, to belabor the metaphor, isn't just a closer, but a utility player at the top of her game. If you want to see how the pros do it—or simply want to read some of the best stories being written today—you need look no further."
Four dozen stories by one of the form's greatest practitioners. Read full book review >