Search Results: "Ellen Olson-Brown"


BOOK REVIEW

OOH LA LA POLKA-DOT BOOTS by Ellen Olson-Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"The novelty of 'dressing' the characters in fanciful galoshes adds to the allure. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Olson-Brown's joyful jubilee is a tribute to polka-dot footwear. Read full book review >

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HUSH LITTLE DIGGER by Ellen Olson-Brown
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2006

"Not as cleverly crafted as Daniel Kirk's Hush Little Alien (1999), but for those children with a vehicle mania, this illustrated lullaby will drive away the blues. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Olson-Brown borrows the tune of "Hush Little Baby" and adapts it for the benefit of the automotive-obsessed youngster. Read full book review >

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BAKE YOU A PIE by Ellen Olson-Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"It barely stands alone without the CD, but it's bright and catchy. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Peppy paeans to pie . . . with pix! Read full book review >

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR - #RITAGH
by Bobbi Dumas

It’s an exciting week in the romance world! On Tuesday, RWA announced the finalists in the RITA and Golden Heart contests. (You can find the full list here.)

For those of you who may not know, the Golden Heart is Romance Writers of America’s contest for unpublished authors.

Some of my favorite authors and friends of Read-A-Romance made the RITA ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
by Leila Roy

“I want you to do this because you genuinely want to play, not because—well, because you feel the weight of historical responsibility.”
“Can’t both be true?” Jill asked.
“I don’t know,” her mother said. “Can they?”
She sure hoped so.
A Season of Daring Greatly, by Ellen Emerson White

High school senior Jill Cafferty had ...


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IN FULL FLIGHT WITH GREG PIZZOLI
by Julie Danielson

The start of a new year is always exciting for readers. We envision brand-spankin’-new books from our favorite authors and new artwork from illustrators whose work we love to see. Look past our shoulders and you’ll see crossed fingers that our favorite writers and artists have something in store for us.

Most surprising of all is when we get ...


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NEW IN FEBRUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

Is it too late to put together a short list of the February books I’m looking forward to? Ah well, I’m sorry—that question was clearly disingenuous, because obviously I’ve made the list regardless. There are so, so many new releases to be excited about, and the fact that I have a big pile of them on hand makes the sixteen ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CALL ME HOPE by Gretchen Olson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Written for the purpose of helping other abused children, this has a hopeful, though rather facile ending; sadly, such is not the case for every abused child. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hope's mother verbally abuses her, calling her hopeless, an accident, stupid, the reason her father left, as well as innumerable profanities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT THE DEAD WANT by Norah Olson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 19, 2016

"A well-meaning though unsubtle ghost story. (Horror. 12-18)"
Sixteen-year-old Gretchen, whose mother, a renowned specialist in spiritualist photography, has been missing for years, inherits a derelict mansion in upstate New York. Read full book review >

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THE SANDCASTLE EMPIRE by Kayla Olson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Filled with interesting characters and difficult scenarios, this debut is designed to leave readers thinking. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 14-18)"
Olson offers a vision of a bleak, uncertain future. Read full book review >

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DORIT IN LESBOS by Toby Olson
Released: March 1, 1990

"Fascinating but flawed."
Never diffident, Olson (Utah, 1987; The Woman Who Escaped from Shame, 1986; etc.) again boldly mixes philosophy, art theory, and a good bit on the aesthetics of landscape gardeners with a story that more often than not reads like a thriller. Read full book review >