Search Results: "Gail Gauthier"


BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY KID! by Gail Gauthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"Light and slight, won't produce life long happiness, but will certainly give the reader an enjoyable couple of hours. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Whimsical feel-good comedy about a friendless seventh-grade boy who receives a life-changing self-help book that may have magical properties. Read full book review >

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CLUB EARTH by Gail Gauthier
Released: May 1, 1999

"Gauthier carefully plots episodic action, lacing it with plenty of witty commentary on family life, food, chores, pets, and other youthful concerns. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this wise and funny sequel to My Life Among the Aliens (1996), Will, Robby, and their parents agree to open their house as a resort for aliens, who are far more enamored of the mother's macrobiotic cooking than her family is. Read full book review >

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A YEAR WITH BUTCH AND SPIKE by Gail Gauthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 1998

"That's two- for-two for Gauthier (My Life Among the Aliens, 1996); Spike and Butch are the most hilariously annoying classroom cut-ups since Barbara Robinson's Herdmans in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (1972) and The Best School Year Ever (1994). (Fiction. 10-13)"
A sixth-grade overachiever discovers that there are worse things than being forced to sit between two underachievers in this wickedly barbed tale of a teacher gone bad. Read full book review >

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SAVING THE PLANET AND STUFF by Gail Gauthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Memorable, hilarious, and featuring a likable, unlikely hero. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A teenaged underachiever comes into his own while getting an eye-opening look at office politics in this sidesplitter. Read full book review >

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THE HERO OF TICONDEROGA by Gail Gauthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"But we are left, in this satisfying read, with a rich impression of a likable protagonist—a strong-minded girl with a supportive family and the audacity to be herself—and with a memorable introduction to the architect of the Green Mountain State. (Fiction. 10-12)"
With her usual wry humor and clear-eyed look at the world of children on the brink of adolescence, Gauthier (Club Earth, 1999, etc.) introduces a delightful, iconoclastic heroine and a glimpse of Vermont small-town life in 1966. Read full book review >

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A GIRL, A BOY, AND THREE ROBBERS by Gail Gauthier
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Cepeda's infrequent angular grey-scale drawings add interest to this text-heavy chapter book. (Fiction. 7-9)"
On the three afternoons a week Brandon spends at Hannah's house, he claims he would rather watch TV than play Hannah's imaginative games, but he can't resist the real adventures when neighbor children decide they want to keep Hannah's horrible cat. Read full book review >

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A GIRL, A BOY, AND A MONSTER CAT by Gail Gauthier
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2007

"This mildly humorous, mid-level chapter book is a quick read, but lacks oomph. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Brandon hates Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons because his mom sends him to Hannah's house after school. Read full book review >

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MY LIFE AMONG THE ALIENS by Gail Gauthier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 1996

"With zany black-and-white cartoons of small angular figures, this is a droll and irreverent comedy, at the center of which beats a heart of gold. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Brash good humor from a newcomer who is anything but starry eyed. Read full book review >

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The Gail Force by Robert Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A consistently entertaining and self-assured crime thriller."
A private investigator attempts to infiltrate a blackmail ring, with the assistance of the FBI. Read full book review >

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MAGIC LITTLE WORDS by Angèle Delaunois
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"Beautiful phrasing to be sure, but with etiquette lessons, perhaps it is better to show in action and circumstance rather than to tell. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A lyrical attempt to explain the larger concepts behind 11 "magic words" of good manners. Read full book review >

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THE TOOTH by Avi Slodovnick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"For the older, potentially pensive reader or listener. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In this strange, somber little story, readers meet Marissa, who has a toothache from eating too much candy. Read full book review >

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GOOD MORNING, GRUMPLE by Victoria Allenby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2017

"While the relationship between parent and child is a lovely, loving one, this book doesn't do much that isn't being done elsewhere. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The grumple of the title is a small, white-furred animal with a bushy black tail and ears, dressed in pajamas. Read full book review >