Search Results: "Ellen Ruppel Shell"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1992

"Overly detailed but informative—and disturbing in its implications about the economic viability of the day-care system."
Close-up look at Cambridgeport Children's Center, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"No quick-weight-loss tips here, but a compelling depiction of the complexity and size of the plague of obesity."
A revealing look at research into the causes of obesity, the drastic measures being taken by some to combat fat, and the tactics of those who profit from it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2009

"Diligent, useful cultural criticism, akin to Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation (2004) and Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic (2008)."
Or, supersaturate me with enough junk to clog the arteries of the good life. Read full book review >

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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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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

Shell (Comparative Literature and English/Harvard) explores the relationship of kinship to nationhood by challenging the basic assumption that we can always know the identity of our true parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Illustrated with photos and diagrams. (glossary, index) (Collective biography. 12+)"
This updated, expanded version of Great Canadian Scientists (1997) offers interview-based profiles of two dozen prominent physicists, mathematicians, cosmologists and biologists from our neighbor to the north, paired with notes on career opportunities in each field, along with instructions for sometimes-challenging science activities or demonstrations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SINGER OF NORGONDY by Susan Shell Winston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2013

"Not lacking imagination or colorful characters, but the promising story is weakened by sluggish pacing and predictable plot twists."
In Winston's fantasy, a singer and tinker unite to avenge a "witchwoman" and her people and save a kingdom in the process. Read full book review >

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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

I SAW A BULLFROG by Ellen Stern
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2003

"The failure here is not in quality of art, but of imagination; next to Jack Prelutsky's Scranimals, or Sarah Perry's If— (1995), too many of these creations just fall flat. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Stern showcases unusual facility at naturalistic depiction, but like the 11 imaginary animal hybrids that appear here, the result overall is neither fish nor fowl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY'S SEASONS by Ellen Kandoian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A quiet but skillfully crafted book. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The author of Under the Sun (1987), in which Molly's mother describes the daily progress of sunlight as the sun sets on other children around the world, presents the seasons as Molly experiences them in Maine; then, extending the concept, she describes polar seasons (``Winter means darkness and noon looks like night,/Summer means sunshine and midnight is bright'') and the reversal in the Southern Hemisphere. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE EVERS by Ellen Airgood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2012

"Thoughtful readers will no doubt sympathize with Prairie's feelings of loneliness and celebrate the new friendship she finds, even—or perhaps especially—when it gets complicated. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This easygoing, earnest story of friendship and family is set in upstate New York, but its heart is nestled deep in the mountains of North Carolina. Read full book review >

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THE KNEEBONE BOY by Ellen Potter
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"A quirky charmer. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
The Hardscrabbles of the English town of Little Tunks—silent Otto, the adventure-seeking Lucia and whip-smart Max—have become accustomed to their shy, rumpled father's absences since their mother's suspicious disappearance. Read full book review >