Search Results: "Gary Schmidt"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRST BOY by Gary Schmidt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"In this suspenseful, surprisingly over-the-top novel, Cooper finds out who he is and what he's made of through a dizzying series of unlikely events that show him, ultimately, that love conquers all. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sinister black sedans clash with rolling farmland as D.C. invades rural New Hampshire in Schmidt's latest foray into dirty politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Gold, indeed. (Folktales. 11+)"
The author of Straw Into Gold (2000) spins 23 brief tales drawn from collections of Hasidic legends into a deeply felt Holocaust memorial, recasting them as versions told by a concentration camp resident and set not in a timeless past, but the storyteller's present: " . . . as if they had just happened. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTÍN DE PORRES by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A visual—and, it must be said, spiritual—delight. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
With images of surpassing beauty and power and a text both simple and lyrical, Diaz and Schmidt tell the life of the first black saint of the Americas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WONDERS OF DONAL O’DONNELL by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"These stories within a story can be enjoyed as a good read-aloud as well as for storytelling. (Folktale. 7-9)"
Donal and his wife, Sorcha, live on the mountain high above the village of Killaloe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IN GOD’S HANDS by Lawrence Kushner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A worthy choice for all collections. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Wealthy Jacob is concerned with ways to make more money but routinely falls asleep during the Rabbi's weekly Sabbath service. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ORBITING JUPITER by Gary D. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Readers will not soon forget either Joseph Brook or this spare novel written with love and grace. (Fiction. 10-14) "
Jackson Hurd's family has taken in a new foster child, and Jackson will have to find the meanings of love and loyalty as he befriends his foster brother. Read full book review >

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OKAY FOR NOW by Gary D. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2011

"By the end of this tale, replete with allusions to Our Town, Doug realizes he's pretty happy in Marysville, where holding hands with the green-eyed girl—and a first kiss—rival whatever might be happening on the moon. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"

BOOK REVIEW

THE WEDNESDAY WARS by Gary D. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2007

"It's another virtuoso turn by the author of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy (2005). (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1967, and on Wednesdays, every Jewish kid in Holling Hoodhood's class goes to Hebrew School, and every Catholic kid goes to Catechism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: May 24, 2004

"There can be no happy ending to this story, but the telling is both beautiful and emotionally honest, both funny and piercingly sad. (Fiction. 11+)"
The year is 1912, and Turner Buckminster III has a mighty cross to bear: his family has just moved from Boston to Phippsburg, Maine; no one in Maine seems to throw a baseball so he can hit it; and, worst of all, he is the minister's son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANSON'S WAY by Gary D. Schmidt
Released: April 19, 1999

"A strong novel, as provocative as it is eloquent. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in turbulent 18th-century Ireland, this is a coming-of-age story about a boy who seeks to be a drummer in the service of King George II, wearing the uniform of the Fencibles. Read full book review >

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WHAT CAME FROM THE STARS by Gary D. Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Spielberg, get ready for this boldly imagined outer-space offering. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
On a distant planet, the besieged Valorim send a necklace containing their planet to Earth in a last-ditch effort to save their civilization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SIN EATER by Gary D. Schmidt
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A work laden with atmosphere and meaning, this is a promising debut from an author who captures with admirable accuracy both the dark and light of life. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
In Schmidt's sensitively written first novel, Cole and his widower father journey to his maternal grandparents' home in Albion, N.H. The Emersons offer a haven for their grandson and son- in-law at their old farmhouse, crammed full of handmade furniture, the rich smells of Grandma's home-cooking, and the sounds of laughter. Read full book review >