Search Results: "Gordon C. James"


BOOK REVIEW

CROWN by Derrick Barnes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"One of the best reads for young black boys in years, it should be in every library, media center, and, yes, barbershop. (Picture book. 5-12)"
Safe to say, there's nothing like the feeling of the fresh cut. You feel so extra visible with a fresh new cut, and this book built from that experience translates it in a way never before brought to the children's bookshelf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR HARLEM by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"But for newcomers to the period, this will serve as a taste of this rich period in American history. (Fiction. 6-9)"
McKissack's third offering in her Scraps of Time historical fiction for new readers examines the life of fictional Lilly Belle Turner in 1928 at the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABBY TAKES A STAND by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"An excellent introduction to a promising new series. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Maggie Rae and her cousins visit their grandmother's attic to find scraps of time, remembrances from her family's past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMPY by David A. Adler
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

"There has been little written about Campanella in recent years, but Adler fills that void admirably. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
Roy Campanella was a beloved catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AWAY WEST by Patricia C. McKissack
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"A must for young history buffs. (timeline) (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's 1879 and 13-year-old Everett Turner is stowing away on a supply boat to St. Read full book review >

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CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT
by Julie Danielson

To say that Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James knocked their first picture book out of the ballpark would be an understatement about a book with very little that is understated about it. In the short time it’s been on shelves, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut has garnered a host of starred reviews and much-deserved praise.

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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"Scholars and buffs alike will find the volume enthralling. (History Book Club main selection)"
In a meticulous, exhaustive, yet highly readable account, Thomas has done for the Battle of the Wilderness what others have done for Gettysburg, Antietam, and other Civil War battles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOON STOPS HERE by James Gordon Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 1994

"Are we there yet?"
From Bennett (My Father's Geisha, 1990): a slackly plotted chronicle of an endless family car trip—at times enlivened by the appealing voices and quirky viewpoints of the kids. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Extensive research, sturdy prose, impressive analysis. (25 halftones throughout)"
Three intrepid doctors have absolute authority to battle bubonic plague in 1900 Honolulu, but their policy of burning the houses of the infected results, inadvertently, in a conflagration and a contentious civil crisis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW


"A fun, keep-you-up-at-night thrill ride."
After a flurry of explosions lights up the streets of Memphis, Lt. Julia Todd and her team of investigators have to play catch-up to stop the bombers before the next strike. Read full book review >