Search Results: "Emily Sachar"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 1991

"In the tradition of Bel Kaufman's Up the Down Staircase and Jonathan Kozol's Death at an Early Age, this first-hand narrative is no small victory."
A scathing look at the New York City Public School system from a Newsday reporter who spent the 1988-89 school year as a junior high school math teacher. Ms. Sacher raises numerous questions in this probing, personal — sometimes farcical — account. Read full book review >

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THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 11, 2010

"Intelligent readers will love this work—it's in the cards. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Who wants to read a novel about playing bridge—a dull, old-fashioned game nobody plays anymore, some old person's idea of fun before there were cell phones, television, iPods and video games? Read full book review >

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HOLES by Louis Sachar
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Good Guys and Bad get just deserts in the end, and Stanley gets plenty of opportunities to display pluck and valor in this rugged, engrossing adventure."
Sentenced to a brutal juvenile detention camp for a crime he didn't commit, a wimpy teenager turns four generations of bad family luck around in this sunburnt tale of courage, obsession, and buried treasure from Sachar (Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)"
When fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh cut through the woods to avoid school bully Chad Hilligas, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that threatens global catastrophe. Read full book review >

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SMALL STEPS by Louis Sachar
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Although readers may find themselves missing the tricky layers of its predecessor, any novel in which the good guys so righteously win should be happily welcomed in its own right. (Fiction. 12+)"
After a hiatus of some seven years, Sachar returns with a companion to Holes (1998) that places one of Stanley's fellow "campers" on center stage. Read full book review >

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WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN by Louis Sachar
Released: March 22, 1989

"A sure-to-please sequel to Sideways Stories from Wayside School."
Thirty rib-tickling tales of Wayside School, where the classrooms are stacked one atop the other, dead rats live in the basement, and there's no 19th floor—usually. Read full book review >

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MARVIN REDPOST by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"The story hums along with its own cheerful energy, much like Marvin himself. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Third grader Marvin Redpost returns (Why Pick on Me?, 1993, etc.) in the fifth book in this Stepping Stone series. Read full book review >

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DOGS DON'T TELL JOKES by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"Still, Gary is a likable, completely good-hearted boy who turns out to be refreshingly frank about his own shortcomings. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Gary "Goon" Boone tells jokes instead of having conversations; almost everyone—parents, teachers, schoolmates—is tired of him. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LOST HIS FACE by Louis Sachar
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Meanwhile, the final scenes, including a bibliotherapeutic epilogue set 150 years hence, are contrived and awkwardly handled."
A wry, uneven story in which a junior-high-schooler has his fling with the "in" crowd but ultimately finds more rewarding friends. Read full book review >

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THERE'S A BOY IN THE GIRL'S BATHROOM by Louis Sachar
FICTION
Released: March 15, 1987

"Happily, readers are also likely to come away from the story with the sense that they've been rooting for themselves, too."
The fall and rise of Bradley Chalkers, class bully, are chronicled in this humorous, immensely appealing story. Read full book review >

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WAYSIDE SCHOOL GETS A LITTLE STRANGER by Louis Sachar
Released: April 1, 1995

"Easy vocabulary, short chapters, and wicked pace make the book perfect for reluctant readers, but Sachar's well-written, sophisticated comedy will appeal to everyone. (Fiction. 8+)"
Wayside School (Wayside School Is Falling Down, 1989, etc.) reopens after having been closed for repairs; the children have been going to horrible schools, and can't wait to come back. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE MODERN WORLD by Howard M. Sachar
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2005

"An essential work of modern history: put it alongside Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers and Amos Elon's more recent The Pity of It All."
An ambitious, thoroughly accessible account of the so often unhappy fortunes of the Jewish people from the early modern era to the present. Read full book review >