Search Results: "Frances E. Ruffin"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)"
This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >

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LET'S LOOK AT DINOSAURS by Frances Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived. Read full book review >

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THE TIME THE WATERS ROSE by Paul Ruffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"These stories exploring how life on the water affects everyday people make for amiable reading, but they become most compelling when Ruffin taps into the bleaker impulses found below a more cordial facade."
In Ruffin's new collection, men, boats, and bodies of water collide unexpectedly, with results that are often humorous, violent, or both. Read full book review >

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CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2015

"Nuanced and intense, this painstakingly created tale mimics the Escher-like constructions of its villainous Architect, fooling the eyes and entangling the emotions of readers willing and able to enter into a world like no other. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
This dense and twisty fantasy set in post-World War I Great Britain mixes monstrous creatures, sibling rivalry, a supernatural doppelgänger, family dysfunction and a kidnapping into a complex brew of eerie atmosphere and unexpected events. Read full book review >

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PRAIRIE WHISPERS by Frances Arrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A truly engaging story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
There's mystery beneath the quiet prairie vistas. Read full book review >

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SHAKE DOWN THE STARS by Frances Donnelly
Released: March 16, 1989

A first novel by Britisher Donnelly that follows the WW II exploits of three Englishwomen—an aristocratic filly, a daughter of the newly rich, and a gardener's girl. Read full book review >

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THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 19, 2016

"Thematically rich, stylistically impressive, absolutely unforgettable. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Mystery, magic, religion, and feminism swirl together in Hardinge's latest heady concoction, set amid the scientific ferment following the publication of The Origin of Species. Read full book review >

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DEATH AT THE FAIR by Frances McNamara
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"An energetic story of politics, racism and murder set against the whirl of the White City."
A compelling tale of the Chicago World's Fair, complete with history, mystery and a likable heroine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An enjoyable read for wine connoisseurs and neophytes alike."
The events and characters behind a 2005 Napa fire that caused the greatest destruction of wine in history: 4.5 million bottles worth more than $250 million. Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF SORROWS by Frances Sherwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2006

"Topnotch storytelling; hypervivid history."
Amid the splendor and savagery of 16th-century Mexico, an epic drama unfolds, featuring bloody Uixachtecatl and a colonizing Christ, a lush culture and its civilizing barbarians, an Aztec princess and the ultimate conquistador, Hernán Cortés. Read full book review >