Search Results: "Gary Crew"


BOOK REVIEW

GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

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MAMA’S BABIES by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"The story may be every bit as grim as the cover illustration promises, but loose ends and a fairy-tale conclusion spoil its effectiveness. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Crew draws from actual 19th-century cases for this chilling but clumsily told tale of a murderous foster mother. Read full book review >

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NO SUCH COUNTRY by Gary Crew
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1994

"Crew also explored the effects of racial violence in Strange Objects (1993); here, he develops that theme on a more obviously symbolic level. (Fiction. YA)"
The title may be a literal translation of ``utopia,'' but the isolated Australian fishing village of New Canaan is anything but- -as Rachel and Sarah, two teenaged residents, and Sam, a visiting student, discover. Read full book review >

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ANGEL'S GATE by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Riveting. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Crew (No Such Country, 1994, etc.) jumps right into the action as a doctor's son watches the police usher a captured ``wild child'' into his father's office. Read full book review >

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STRANGE OBJECTS by Gary Crew
FICTION
Released: May 28, 1993

"Still, for anyone who's interested in literature or history, there's much here to ponder. (Fiction. YA)"
A supernatural mystery of a high order—named Australia's ``Best Children's Book for Older Readers'' in 1991—looks into that country's sometimes brutal relations with its indigenous people, challenging readers to interpret the past anew. Read full book review >

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PIG ON THE TITANIC by Gary Crew
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Capped by a closing note and a later photo of the pig, and owner Edith Rosenbaum, this, like Daisy Spedden's more detailed Polar the Titanic Bear (1996), lends the historical catastrophe immediacy for younger audiences while downplaying its horrific aspects. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Not a living pig, but a musical toy carried on board by a passenger, Maxixe (pronounced "Mash-eesh," though readers are left to look that up for themselves) describes how its simple dance tune helped to keep up the spirits of a lifeboat full of children through that tragic "night to remember." Read full book review >

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THE WATERTOWER by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1998

"It may be hard to coax middle graders back into a picture book, but they will certainly give themselves a shiver or two in these pages. (Picture book. 9-11)"
For older readers, a genuinely eerie picture book, which Crew (Bright Star, 1997, etc.) and Woolman have constructed as a kind of puzzle. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT STAR by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Spudvilas's glowing oil paintings capture Alicia's expressions, conveying, with the text, a message of affirmation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Alicia, growing up in the 19th century on an Australian dairy farm, rankles at the restrictions placed on girls. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKELETON CREW by Stephen King
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 21, 1985

"So, bizarre little spellbinders, but more pulpy and concocted than truly driven in their bizarreness."
Twenty-some items, mostly collected from magazines, by America's most prolific living horror-master, including a doggerel called "Paranoid: A Chant" that sounds like an amazingly accurate parody of Absolutely Bob Dylan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)"
All the other animals seem to have family or friends with whom to interact, but Gary the gorilla has no one. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2005

"A jaggedly beautiful punk-rock sports tale."
Faded punk rockers and drug addicts on the mend try to get their lives together—by forming a baseball team, of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"To be illustrated with black and white photos. (Index, notes, Web sites, bibliography) (Biography. 12+)"
In an above-average entry to an established series and a useful, modestly engaging biography, the author demonstrates that a careful, close reading of the Paulsen oeuvre and the judicious mining of selected biographical details can be shaped into an involving read. Read full book review >