Search Results: "Fidelis O. Mkparu"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 2, 2012

"Good-humored and competently written, but doesn't explore emotion or psychological motivation."
In this debut novel, a Nigerian student moves to North Carolina for college, where he navigates the challenges of dating while keeping up his grades. Read full book review >

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KNICK-KNACK PADDYWHACK! by Paul O. Zelinsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"And everyone will want more than one copy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lightning can strike twice: 12 years after Wheels on the Bus (1990), Zelinsky offers another pop-up tour de force, infused with humor and replete with astonishing special effects. Read full book review >

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THE WHEELS ON THE BUS by Paul O. Zelinsky
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

"Destined to be a classic."
Special kudos to paper-engineer Rodger Smith for his extraordinary (and sturdy!) animation of Zelinsky's lively, sophisticated yet accessible, delightfully detailed rendition of this preschool favorite—including a reprise that rivals a last burst of fireworks. Read full book review >

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OPERATION OLEANDER by Valerie O.  Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Although it deals with an important topic, this effort fails to fully live up to its potential. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Good intentions go horribly wrong when American soldiers dropping off donations at an Afghanistan orphanage are viciously attacked. Read full book review >

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MOON WITHOUT MAGIC by Michael O. Tunnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A disappointing follow-up to a terrific opener, but the premise and characters are still strong enough to carry readers through, and even on to a future episode or two. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
In this sequel to Wishing Moon (2004), the lamp that was formerly Aladdin's disappears, and its well-meaning keeper, Aminah, discovers that she has become addicted to using its magic. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE by Valerie O.  Patterson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the heart of the story is true, uneven execution and overwriting keep this tale from hitting its mark. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Cyan travels with her artist mother to the Caribbean island of Curaçao, their yearly vacation destination and the place of her father's accidental death the year before. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL SPIRITS by Michael O. Tunnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 1997

"The mystery, with a few standard red herrings and some obvious telegraphing, will appeal to fans of mild horror, and the ending hints at a sequel, if not a series. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1958, Patrick is new in town, where his father is taking over the principalship of a school that looks ``like Dracula's castle.'' In the school library Patrick discovers the ghost of Barnaby (nicknamed Barney), the young son of a former principal, who mysteriously disappeared in 1920. Read full book review >