Search Results: "Ellen Kirk"


BOOK REVIEW

CINDY ELLEN by Susan Lowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Bright, stylish, and with a boosterish concluding note on women in rodeo. (Picture book/fairy tale. 7-9)"
From the author of The Bootmaker and the Elves (1997), another ripsnortin' Western take on a traditional fairy tale. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Person offers an excellent guide to his legacy. (15 b&w photos)"
A concise, lucid tour of the writings and wide-ranging ideas of the American regarded in many quarters as "the founder of the modern conservative movement." Read full book review >

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ELLEN TEBBITS by Louis Darling
FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1951

"An eraser clapping session, however, patches the quarrel."
It seems obvious from this entrancing successor to Henry Huggins that the author is as well acquainted with the whisperings, weeps and whoops of third grade distaff side as she is with the ways of young men like Henry. Read full book review >

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BECOMING ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A tale of kindhearted, hesitant heroism, with a little vigilante justice."
Ellen and her blind best friend, Temerity, again take on the wrongs of this world, letting neither emotional scarring nor physical disability stand in their way. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE ELLEN by Shari Shattuck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2014

"What could be a charming tale of redemption becomes a heavy-handed fable."
Abandoned by her mother when she was just 5, Ellen bounced from foster families to group homes, learning to hide from the world. Shy, reclusive and obese, she's socially invisible to most people. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A map of Richmond would have been a nice addition. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Told in a series of letters between young freed slave Liza Bowser and Miss Bet (Elizabeth L. Van Lew), who freed young Liza and sent her from Richmond, Virginia, to Philadelphia to be educated, this is fiction based on facts. Read full book review >

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PEOPLE VERSUS KIRK by Robert Traver
Released: Oct. 20, 1981

"And for those who don't mind the creakiness here—likable Ludlow's wheezy humor, the chunks of technical exposition, or some truly unreal conversational outbursts from 28-year-old Randy ('How can mere clumsy words ever tell the state of enchantment, of suspended ecstasy and bliss, that came over me when we two were together')—this is a nice old-fashioned read, with special appeal to hypnotism buffs and armchair lawyers."
No, this isn't another Anatomy of a Murder: the psychology and law are a bit too undigested here, the central mystery is a little too easy to guess, and much of the stagy, folksy dialogue is awfully dated. Read full book review >

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"A humble slice of Americana."
Homespun local history out of small-town Pennsylvania during the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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MY SHELL BOOK by Ellen Kirk
by Ellen Kirk, photographed by various
NATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"Publishes simultaneously with My Beach Book (ISBN: 978-0-06-111574-5)."
From the Smithsonian, an ingenious introduction to shapes and seashells. Read full book review >

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ELLEN ANDERS ON HER OWN by Karen Hirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"With lean, low-key writing, Hirsch gives Ellen's problems real respect. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A book acknowledging that, for a sixth grader coping with bereavement, grieving is as much about changing relationships as it is about healing. Read full book review >

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ELLEN AND PENGUIN by Clara Vulliamy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A lovely, warm story that makes a nice companion to Oxenbury's Tom and Pippo books. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The idea isn't new—Ellen's toy penguin, protected with motherly care and concern, is part imaginary friend and part surrogate for her own timidity—but it's explored here with unusual delicacy. Read full book review >