Search Results: "Erskine Clarke"


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BY THE RIVERS OF WATER by Erskine Clarke
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A florid yet thorough and compelling history of missionary work and the 19th-century African-American experience both in America and abroad."
A sinuously nuanced pursuit of a Southern Christian missionary couple's conflicted journey from slaveholding Savannah, Ga., to West Africa. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF ECHOES by Barbara Erskine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 1996

"A successful mÇlange of family melodrama and fantasy."
Erskine (Midnight is a Lonely Place, 1994, etc.) provides the requisite thrills and chills in a lively ghost story enriched by all the careful research of good historical fiction. Read full book review >

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THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"A satisfying story of family, friendship and small-town cooperation in a 21st-century world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sent to stay with octogenarian relatives for the summer, 14-year-old Mike ends up coordinating a community drive to raise $40,000 for the adoption of a Romanian orphan. He'll never be his dad's kind of engineer, but he learns he's great at human engineering. Read full book review >

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QUAKING by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2007

"A good discussion starter on several levels. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Matt (short for Matilda and not Mattie, thank you) is a teenager whose experiences in the foster system have made her ruefully cynical and bitter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"A painlessly amusing walk around the old Dodger haunts in a Brooklyn that is no more."
Brooklyn's beloved "Oisk" recalls life in Ebbetts Field and after. Read full book review >

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THE BADGER KNIGHT by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"The moral is common, but the unusual setting highlights the message that people aren't so different from one another; fans of Karen Cushman will enjoy this. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Erskine uses the strife of medieval England as a backdrop to explore differences, puberty and the divided loyalties of war. Read full book review >

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SEEING RED by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Erskine redeems many faults with a clear passion for racial justice and hope for change. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Big changes are coming to small-town Virginia in 1972. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUAKING by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2007

"A good discussion starter on several levels. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Matt (short for Matilda and not Mattie, thank you) is a teenager whose experiences in the foster system have made her ruefully cynical and bitter. Read full book review >

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MOCKINGBIRD by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Erskine draws directly and indirectly on To Kill a Mockingbird and riffs on its central theme: The destruction of an innocent is perhaps both the deepest kind of psychosocial wound a community can face and its greatest opportunity for psychological and spiritual growth. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger's syndrome, who is frustrated by her inability to put herself in someone else's shoes. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF BEING by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A timeless and affecting, slightly paranormal exploration of familial attachments. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Nine-year-old Julian is gifted both emotionally and intellectually, but these assets come at a sometimes-distressing cost. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT IS A LONELY PLACE by Barbara Erskine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 1994

"Erskine clearly has some talent; with a little more thought—and more historical research—she could do something wonderful."
Initially gripping, Erskine's follow-up to her successful Lady of Hay (1987) ultimately reads like a bad TV movie. Read full book review >

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HOW MANY DAYS TO MY BIRTHDAY? by Gus Clarke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Danny's state of mind is not so much exaggerated as emphasized with a wry good humor that just may give kids a clue as to how their elders see them. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Here's a book that's as focused as its small protagonist, who can't wait for the big day. Read full book review >