Search Results: "Gary Hovland"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDFISH IN THE CHANDELIER by Casie Kesterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"It's a pity that the real story behind this actual, extraordinary piece of ornate French décor is withheld, leaving readers cheated of a true exploration of art history. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The fictionalized story behind the creation of a 19th-century chandelier currently on display in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"David Small (2000) or Alice Provensen's The Buck Stops Here (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Home sweet home to every president except Washington, the White House has become an emblematic backdrop to history, as well as an old house with a history of its own—and, for both reasons, has been regarded by its changing cast of residents with mixed feelings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 1992

"Blithe and quick, the book could be accused of offering simplistic solutions to problems like unemployment and bullies, as well as crocodile fighting; humor, clearly, would be its winning defense. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Frizzy-haired, knobby-kneed Ruskin Splinter, age nine, believes himself eminently suited to play the lead—a hero capable of slaying dragons—in St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWIMMING, SWIMMING by Gary Clement
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2015

"Friendship and a pool: the perfect summer combination, here captured to a T. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A quartet of friends—three boys and one girl—revel in the watery joys afforded by the local public pool. Read full book review >

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JOHN JENSEN FEELS DIFFERENT by Henrik Hovland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"In between giggles, children will find much to think about. (Picture book. 5-9)"
John Jensen lives a perfectly ordinary, one would even say dull, life. So why does he "feel different"? Read full book review >

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FAMILY TIES by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Another funny episode in a well-meaning (sort of, anyway) kid's life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kevin, 14 and no stranger to hyperbole, is back for a fifth humor-infused outing as he tries valiantly to deal with his often bizarre extended family (Vote, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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LITTLE BROTHER OF WAR by Gary Robinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This worthy tale is definitely agenda-driven, but the cultural and historical information is laid onto the story with a light hand. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
A traditional game provides a way for a Mississippi Choctaw teen to step out of the shadows of his sports-hero older brother and dad. Read full book review >

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LAWN BOY by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2007

"Capital! (Fiction. 9-12)"
After his grandmother gives him an old riding lawnmower for his summer birthday, this comedy's 12-year-old narrator putt-putts into a series of increasingly complex and economically advantageous adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"The solid bibliography, end notes and guide to websites will take interested readers further. (index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The automobile had only been around for two decades and was seen as no more than "an ingenious toy" when, in 1908, the French paper Le Matin and the New York Times co-sponsored a New York-to-Paris auto race. Read full book review >