Search Results: "Gretchen Moran Laskas"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MIDWIFE’S TALE by Gretchen Moran Laskas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"Evocative storytelling, though the atmosphere of strong backwoods women eventually becomes as suffocating as a henhouse in July."
Family saga and first novel by Laskas (stories: Fifty Acres and a Poodle, 2000) about the travails of three generations of backwoods women who serve as midwives. Read full book review >

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CLEVER GRETCHEN by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"This Gretchen's a winner. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
A fresh and buoyant look at the well-known folktale. Read full book review >

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THE MINER’S DAUGHTER by Gretchen Morgan Laskas
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Rooted in Laskas's own family history, this is a fine coming-of-age story and an ode to libraries that teachers and librarians will love. (author's note) (Fiction. 12+)"
Sixteen-year-old Willa Lowell lives in "a world of ashy grays"—trees gone, the earth bare, pits smoldering and houses stacked up on the hills like rungs of a ladder and blackened by coal dust. Read full book review >

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YELLOWSTONE MORAN by Lita Judge
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Inspiring. (Picture book. 7-9)"
This story of Thomas Moran's bold adventure as part of Dr. Ferdinand Hayden's 1871 exploratory expedition to Yellowstone chronicles his challenges in his first foray into the wilderness and briefly summarizes his resultant success as a painter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRETCHEN OVER THE BEACH by R.W. Alley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"A quiet summer picture book to share with the young ones, one of a seasonal quartet featuring Gretchen and her siblings. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A young girl escapes her reality and immerses herself in her imagination in this summery tale. Read full book review >

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HUNTER MORAN HANGS OUT by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"For summer reading or dreaming of summer, this satisfying sequel can be a good starting point for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rising sixth-graders Hunter and Zack make the most of the last four days of their summer vacation, attempting to stave off a kidnapping, performing rescues and welcoming yet another sibling. Read full book review >

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HUNTER MORAN DIGS DEEP by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"The nonstop action and near-slapstick humor will surely please Hunter's middle-grade fans. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Moran family follies continue as Hunter and Zack search low and high for town father and soup magnate Lester Tinwitty's storied buried treasure. Read full book review >

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GRETCHEN THE BICYCLE DOG by Anita Heyman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Children discovering Gretchen will not miss the life lessons of accidental injuries and the differences they cause. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-9)"
A lesson in courage, tenacity, collaboration, and love is often the point of dog stories for children, but this true documentation of one dog's adaptation in the face of a debilitating accident is all the more poignant. Read full book review >

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GRETCHEN GROUNDHOG, IT'S YOUR DAY! by Abby Levine
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Simple and sweet. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A good choice for curriculum-boosting an underrated holiday. Read full book review >

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THE NEW, IMPROVED GRETCHEN HUBBARD by Ilene Cooper
FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

In a new, improved entry in the ``Kids from Kennedy Middle School'' series, Cooper takes a formulaic idea—the ugly duckling makeover—and gives it plenty of zip. Read full book review >

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HUNTER MORAN SAVES THE UNIVERSE by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"The boys' exaggerated escapades make for an appealing read-aloud as well as a successful summer read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
On the first day of vacation, when rising sixth-grader Hunter Moran intercepts a phone call he interprets as a bomb plot, he sets out with his twin brother, Zack, to save the town of Newfield. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Well-done characters in an unevenly paced tale that takes its time but still delivers."
A young woman fights to defend her disabled brother against charges of arson—and finds the past intruding in bittersweet ways as her first love comes back into her life and she learns the truth about her long-dead father. Read full book review >