Search Results: "Gail Owens"


BOOK REVIEW

JESSE OWENS by Carole Boston Weatherford
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Perfunctory reading list appended. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
This soaring tribute to Owens reserves biographical details for the afterword, focusing instead on his Olympics experience from arrival in Berlin to triumphant ticker-tape parade back in New York. Read full book review >

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BUCK OWENS by Eileen Sisk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"A tough but fair portrait of Owens's three faces: talented musician, genius businessman and despicable creep."
Unsparing tell-all biography of country-music icon Buck Owens (1929-2006). Read full book review >

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THE UP AND DOWN SPRING by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Rory, Derek, and Bolivia (The Hot & Cold Summer, 1984, etc.) are back; now the Woodside, N.J., boys are visiting Bolivia in Ithaca, N.Y., where they must adjust to her unusual household (exotic food, no TV) and her full spring-vacation agenda, including (to Rory's disgust) attending a ballet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANNY LOVES A HOLIDAY by Sydney Taylor
Released: Dec. 3, 1981

"But, again, the warmth of feeling and the general vitality of the telling will effectively counter the didacticism—for many."
When (most of) these stories of Danny and the Jewish holidays appeared in Highlights for Children in the Fifties, Sydney Taylor's All-of-a-Kind Family series was almost the only presentation of Jewish family life on library shelves; and to explain the holidays, librarians usually reached for Florence Mary Fitch's all-enlightening One God. Read full book review >

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THE DOWN AND UP FALL by Johanna Hurwitz
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Even an appearance by Aldo doesn't bring this one up to Hurwitz's usually charming standard. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8+)"
The fourth book in a series that includes The Up & Down Spring (1993), about three friends—Bolivia, Rory, and Derek—now in middle school. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"For a more imaginative (yet equally serious) treatment of the impact of violence on children, see Eve Bunting's Smoky Night (p. 300). (Picture book. 4-10)"
This earnest story by the psychotherapist who wrote I Had a Friend Named Peter: Talking to Children About the Death of a Friend (1987) is not really about why Daniel's friend Mr. James gets a broken arm when his store is robbed. Read full book review >

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ANNABELLE'S UN-BIRTHDAY by Steven Kroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Owen's nicely observed b&w illustrations reinforce the wholesome good humor. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)"
Lucky Annabelle: she makes instant friends in her new school; then, in the euphoria at the end of her first day, she invites her entire class to Grandma's for an impromptu ``birthday'' party, Grandma rises handsomely to the occasion, providing not only ice cream but a cake in full regalia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CYBIL WAR by Gail Owens
Released: April 27, 1981

"Oh yes, the young hero does end up with the girl, on an after-the-movies bicycle ride more suited than the movie date to their age and inclinations."
Young love, fifth-grade variety, portrayed with warmth and humor and that extra, penetrating touch one expects of Byars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Rich historical context, fully realized characters, great baseball action, and trademark Myers humor combine to make this one a homerun. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Biddy Owens, 17, "equipment manager, scorekeeper, errand boy, and sometimes right fielder" for the Birmingham Black Barons, narrates in diary form the twilight time of the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CAT NEXT DOOR by Betty Ren Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"A well- structured, comforting story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl whose treasured memories of Grandma include sharing the trust of the shy cat that visited them on the dock at their summer home is comforted, the summer after Grandma's death, to find that the cat still comes—this time, with two new kittens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Another seemingly clear-cut victory for the tireless defenders of wildlife, who tell a lively tale tinged with that smugness typical of Western conservationists who expect the impossible of poor Africa. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
From the couple who publicized the plight of the wildebeest in the Kalahari (Cry of the Kalahari, 1984)—a further search for a wilderness paradise in Africa, pitting the energetic duo against elephant poachers in northern Zambia. Read full book review >