Search Results: "Gillian Rubinstein"


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GALAX-ARENA by Gillian Rubinstein
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Although the siblings' escape and subsequent murder of Hythe are suitably visceral, it is the lingering sense of unease and apathy they find back home that is insidious and haunting. (Fiction. 13+)"
Rubinstein (Dog In, Cat Out, 1993, etc.) takes a provocative view in her novel that is unrelenting in its savagery and grimness. Read full book review >

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FOXSPELL by Gillian Rubinstein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Readers will find the fantastic aspects of the character's journey satisfying and be sobered by the metaphor of a young boy who survives contemporary family life only by becoming an animal. (Fiction. 10+)"
A 12-year-old boy confronts the disintegration of his family by transforming himself into a fox in this striking novel from Rubinstein (Galax-Arena, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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SKYMAZE by Gillian Rubinstein
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"Still, though not so fine or intriguing as Rubinstein's Beyond the Labyrinth (1990), a skillfully written, fast-moving story. (Fiction. 12+)"
Another computer game becomes as real as life—and death. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE CAT'S EYE by Gillian Rubinstein
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Rubinstein pushes all the pieces together for a convenient and happy ending, but with some confusion, and without any of her usual wit, excitement, or adventure. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Rubinstein (Foxspell, 1996, etc.) combines shape-shifting aliens with quantum physics in a muddled offering for middle graders. Read full book review >

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DOG IN, CAT OUT by Gillian Rubinstein
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Charming. (Picture book. 1-6)"
The title's four words, reordered on each spread, comprise the entire vocabulary of this imaginative portrayal of a busy family's day as punctuated by the comings and goings of their pets. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2004

"Breezy, informative, and wholly enjoyable."
Journalist Rubenstein debuts with a wild tale of true-life folk hero Attila Ambrus, who lost his innocence in post-communist Hungary as he and the nation grappled with the demands of capitalism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2000

"A skillful navigation through turbulent waters."
A penetrating if often redundant study of the original Zionist vision of an Israel that is both democratic and Jewish. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 16, 1992

"Essential reading for followers of Middle Eastern politics."
A thoughtful analysis of the changing Palestinian concept of identity, rendered with remarkable clarity and balance by Israeli journalist Rubinstein. Read full book review >

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FROGGY WENT A-COURTIN’ by Gillian Tyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Um-hum. (source note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Tyler highlights the romance in this frilly version of the folk song, following Froggy and Miss Mousie from courtship to honeymoon in pale, finely brushed outdoor scenes captioned in elegant, if low-contrast, gold ink. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA BEAR'S FANTASTIC SCARF by Gillian Heal
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1997

"Salubrious thoughts, surely- -charmingly illustrated in watercolor—but the book is an onslaught of lessons rather than a story, and more likely to appeal to adults than to children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grandpa Bear's Fantastic Scarf (32 pp.; $14.95; Mar. 15, 1997; 1- 885223-41-2): A little bear learns from his wise old grandfather about the weaving of a life—his grandfather's scarf is as long and multicolored as his years in this book. Read full book review >

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WHERE I BELONG by Gillian Cross
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"There is something appealing about the adolescent characters (most of the adults are creeps), but this mishmash of a plot may have little meaning for most readers, especially if their knowledge of Somalia is limited. (Thriller. 11-14)"
A contemporary international thriller is woven together from alternating first-person perspectives. Read full book review >

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LOOK! by Gillian Wolfe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Brief biographies of each artist follow the body of the text. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Wolfe, head of education at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, uses 18 paintings to hone observation skills and teach art history. Read full book review >