Search Results: "Elsie Lee Splear"


BOOK REVIEW

GROWING SEASONS by Elsie Lee Splear
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2000

"An idyllic picture of a wholesome, white, midwestern farm family. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Born on an Illinois farm in 1906, Splear describes a hard-working but satisfying life as one of four sisters in a tenant farming family. Read full book review >

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THE SAVING RAIN by Elsie Webber
Released: May 15, 1989

A well-intentioned but clumsy novel tracing the fortunes of a Cambodian girl through the horrors of civil war and the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime, based on stories Webber heard during years of volunteer work in refugee camps in Thailand. Read full book review >

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THE ROVING TREE by Elsie Augustave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2013

"A praiseworthy effort."
Augustave, a first-time novelist, pens a well-balanced story about a young woman, caught between two worlds, who struggles to connect with her heritage. Read full book review >

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DUALED by Elsie Chapman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Readers untroubled by brutal, compassion-free violence will find plenty to admire in Chapman's gamer pacing, clever suspense—here, stalking is a two-way street—and fast-mounting body count. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)"
Violent teen dystopias are nothing new, but this debut, in which every character is or soon will be a killer, kicks it up a notch. Read full book review >

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ECHO by Elsie Haversham
Released: Oct. 11, 2014

"Somewhat clichéd but also offers a sober look at the horse world's dark side while appreciating the beautiful bonds that can arise between horse and trainer."
In this YA novel, a teenage equestrienne tries to rehabilitate an unpredictable horse while dealing with his greedy owner and show-ring politics. Read full book review >

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LITTLE OBIE AND THE FLOOD by Martin Waddell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"At best, adequate supplementary reading. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Life on the generic American frontier, as imagined by a capable, prolific British picture-book author (Farmer Duck, p. 401), is dominated by calamities: in the first of four easily read chapters, Little Obie and Grandad rescue Obie's friend Marty, who has barely survived the flood that killed her pa and washed away the cabin where Little Obie and his grandparents live; the orphaned Marty pines until Effie (Little Obie's grandmother) is bitten by a hog and Marty pitches in with needed help. Read full book review >

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THE GARDEN by Elsie V. Aidinoff
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

This fleshy retelling of the Garden of Eden story, told from Eve's perspective, includes an abusively arrogant God and a color-changing Serpent representing wisdom. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1995

"Essential reading for romantics, anthropologists, and history buffs."
An intensely personal chronicle of the courtship and married life of an influential figure in the development of anthropological fieldwork. Read full book review >

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NASHBOROUGH by Elsie Burch Donald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Busy and ultimately superficial, for all its serious intentions."
First-novelist Donald ("a member of one of America's families, the Polks") chronicles the declining power of two blueblood Tennessee families—in a narrative overloaded with obtrusive commentary and a cast of thousands. Read full book review >

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SOME SUNNY READING FOR A STRANGE SPRING
by Bobbi Dumas

Is spring a little wiggy for you this year? In Wisconsin, it really can’t figure out what it wants to do. A week or so ago it was a sunny eighty degrees and now it’s cool and rainy, hovering around fifty. Thankfully there are so many bright books releasing these days that we can find sun in their pages, if ...


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THE SECRET'S OUT
by Leila Roy

While there’s no explicit rule against romantic relationships, our colonial ancestor jinxed them in her Last Word: “Beware ye aromateur; lay your traps of love, but do not yourself get caught.” Fall in love and, like Aunt Bryony, lose your supersniffer. It’s why Mother chose my father from a list of donors she got in the mail like a ...

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BOOK REVIEW

MIRROR by Suzy Lee
by Suzy Lee, illustrated by Suzy Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"The ensuing conversation holds the key. (Picture book. 9-12)"
A Rorschach-like inkblot—darling in one glance, malignant in the next—patterns the yellow endpapers of this haunting, wordless story, a precursor of what's to come. Read full book review >