Search Results: "Gretchen Schields"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Schields makes the most of the premise; her illustrations become gleeful when demonstrating the cat's chameleon-like changes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mr. Blue is a kindly old soul with a soft spot for homeless cats and dogs, using the good offices of his emporium to find them caretakers. Read full book review >

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THE CHINESE SIAMESE CAT by Amy Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"And Schields's artwork complements the text wonderfully with its traditional Chinese border decorations and colorful, well-drawn characters. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A beautifully written story about why Siamese cats are really Chinese cats, and why their faces, ears, paws, and tails turn darker as they grow up. Read full book review >

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THE MOON LADY by Amy Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Despite the format, the long text will be enjoyed most by older children. (Fiction/Picture book. 7-10)"
In a story adapted from The Joy Luck Club, "Nai-nai" amuses her granddaughters with a story about her "earliest memory," an exciting day during the Moon Festival, when she was seven. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN GOOD COMPANY by Gretchen Sprague
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

Talk about starting with a bang. Read full book review >

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THEENA’S LANDING by Gretchen Craig
Released: March 1, 2011

"The backwaters of post-Civil War South Florida could hardly be further apart from ancient Greece, yet Craig infuses her coming-of-age tale with the pathos and heroism one might find in myths, but on an all-too-human scale."
Seemingly alone after the death of her father, Theena bravely faces a frightening world that is often unfriendly to young women just trying to survive in Craig's historical novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Not much meat on these bones."
A fan's notes on Winnie the Tory, tanked-up inventor of the tank and stalwart captain of Team UK in its finest hour. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"More about the experience of a single professional American woman than about what life in Iraq has to offer an expat. Not recommended."
Surface-level, chick-lit-style memoir about the life of an English-language teacher in a small town in Iraq. Read full book review >

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3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"The patchy science, though hastily injected with romance, makes for an unsatisfying read. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
In this quasi-science-fiction novel, doppelgangers Josie and Jo agree to temporarily trade places after their mothers' scientific experiments accidentally open a portal between their parallel worlds. Read full book review >

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CALL ME HOPE by Gretchen Olson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Written for the purpose of helping other abused children, this has a hopeful, though rather facile ending; sadly, such is not the case for every abused child. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Hope's mother verbally abuses her, calling her hopeless, an accident, stupid, the reason her father left, as well as innumerable profanities. Read full book review >

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SUPERHEROES DON'T EAT VEGGIE BURGERS by Gretchen Kelley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A sweet exploration of an evolving friendship burdened by some tiresome tropes; should Kelley focus on the former and move past the latter, she will do well. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A middle school student solves his problems with a seemingly magic journal. Read full book review >

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DEATH BY THUNDER by Gretchen Sprague
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2005

"Sprague's death leaves a promising new series by the creator of Martha Patterson (Death in a Heat Wave, 2003) an absorbing solo."
Multiple murders rock a small Hudson River town as disputes over land use turn deadly. Read full book review >

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BETTER THAN BEFORE by Gretchen Rubin
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2015

"The airy, conversational writing style makes this a quick but not terribly substantial read."
A slight twist on the happiness message that made Rubin (Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life, 2009, etc.) famous, with few new insights.Read full book review >