Search Results: "Ellen Levine"


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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RACHEL CARSON by Ellen Levine
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"The contrast between the liveliness and elegance of Carson's words with Levine's respectful and honest reportage amplifies the reader's admiration for a woman who cared for her friends and family, yet dedicated her life to making the world a better place. (Biography. 10+)"
The combination of Rachel Carson's gift for writing with her passion for science and understanding the natural world catapulted her into prominence with the publication of Silent Spring, truly one of those books that changed the world. Read full book review >

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CATCH A TIGER BY THE TOE by Ellen Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2005

"Ultimately, this is a fast-paced story that transcends its era to be all about facing down bullies, large and small, and should send a message about contemporary politics. (note to the reader, suggested reading) (Fiction. 10+)"
To most young people, the McCarthy era is a sidebar in a history text. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Chronology (1954-68); bibliography of additional sources; b&w photos and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Using the words of participants in the landmark struggles in Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi, Levine powerfully re-creates their experiences. 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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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Jedediah Barstow is an unforgettable character in this fine story of bravery, grief, friendship, and community. (historical note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Jedediah Barstow has just been orphaned during a crossing of the Kaw River. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2000

"A fascinating blend of historical background and the impact of events on real people. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
History comes alive in this moving story of the heroic Danes who defied the Nazis during the occupation of Denmark. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 17, 1995

"Levine has a gift for working with oral histories: Each quote she uses, while contributing to the overall fabric of the narrative, also constitutes a self-contained vignette. (index, not seen, chronology, glossary, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12+)"
An excellent history of Japanese-American internment camps that, while claiming not to be exhaustive, is comprehensive in scope. Read full book review >

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IN TROUBLE by Ellen Levine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Valuable insight into a time when abortions were illegal and pregnant teenagers were hidden away instead of filmed for a reality TV show. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Teen pregnancy long before 16 and Pregnant. 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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TENDER IS LEVINE by Andrew Bergman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Though the biggest surprises come early on, Bergman (Hollywood and LeVine, 1975, etc.) piles on canny 1950 detail and keeps the story moving so smartly from New York to Havana to Las Vegas that you won't have a minute to consider what gossamer nonsense it is."
Like his creator, who's just returning to fiction after a sabbatical writing and directing Hollywood comedies like Striptease, New York shamus Jack LeVine has just come through a trying period, and he's in no mood for trouble. Read full book review >