Search Results: "Gregory R. Fishbone"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2007

"The characters, Septina in particular, are not likable, the plot twists are bizarre instead of interesting and the attempts at cleverness and humor, though occasionally right on, are for the most part overdone and forced. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fishbone presents this middle-grade reader in the form of letters from purple-haired Septina Nash—the magical seventh child of a seventh child of a seventh child—to her teachers, her school counselor and the police lieutenant who is leading the investigation into the disappearance of Sexta, Septina's sister. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GALAXY GAMES by Gregory R. Fishbone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Alas, this space shot never achieves escape velocity. (Science fiction/humor. 8-11)"
Japanese-American Tyler Sato's all-clown 11th-birthday party is only the beginning of his trials. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STOP 9/11 by Gregory R. Lange
Released: Feb. 26, 2011

"An entertaining piece of magical realism."
Even with a time machine, undoing the terror attacks of 9/11 turns out to be harder than you'd think, according to this knotty sci-fi drama. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROOTS AND BLUES by Arnold Adoff
FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"An incandescent, important work. (Poetry. 8 & up)"
Adoff creates a moving meditation on the roots of American blues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK MAGIC by Dinah Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Adults will find this book a great conversation starter with little ones. (Picture book. 5-9)"
"My hundred black braids make a spiderweb around my head, / and Mama's voice is black and sweet as I fall asleep." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2005

"Powerful and deeply moving, but definitely not for the youngest readers. (author's note, afterword) (Picture book. 10+)"
When their village in Sudan is attacked and their families lost, Garang and countless other boys have to embark on a long journey during which they deal with severe hunger, thirst, illness and exhaustion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Accessible, inspiring accounts of courageous men and women. (notes, timelines, bibliography, index) (Collective biography. 9-13)"
Biographical sketches tell of 13 remarkable black men and women, including a double agent, a traveling female preacher, an admired poet, and a successful whaling captain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAZZ BABY by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Exultant and infectious, from the red-and-yellow-striped endpapers to the final 'OH YEAH!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snappy rhyming text celebrates an extended family's joyous gyrations to the jazz spinning on the turntable. Read full book review >

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DESHAWN DAYS by Tony Medina
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2001

"Sincerity to spare, but not much else. (Picture book/poetry. 7-10)"
A series of free-verse poems gives readers a relentless look at the bright side of life in the projects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TIME TO ACT by Shana Corey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A halting misuse of page space that, in the end, finally presents Kennedy's speech in the proper light. (thumbnail bios of civil rights figures, bibliography, sources, further reading) (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
A roundabout history of President John F. Kennedy's June 11, 1963, address on American civil rights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 12, 2009

"While this introduction may pique the interest of some history buffs, it seems unlikely that it will find a wide audience. (Biography. 9-12)"
Born a slave, Toussaint L'Ouverture overcame ill health and used his considerable intellect to shape both his life and the future of his country. Read full book review >