Search Results: "Gwendolyn Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

BROOKS by Doug Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nice guys do not always finish last, but they also do not necessarily make the most compelling subjects for biography."
Wilson (The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, 2013) delivers a pedestrian treatment of an impressive baseball player and admirable man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GWENDOLYN GRACE by Katherine Hannigan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"More character study than story. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Gwendolyn Grace, an anthropomorphic alligator, is having a hard time adjusting to being a big sister. Read full book review >

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THAT’S LIFE, SAMARA BROOKS by Daniel Ehrenhaft
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A few funny, touching moments cannot save this convoluted mess. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ridiculous theories of science and the paranormal destroy a promising story of nature vs. nurture. Read full book review >

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BRONZEVILLE BOYS AND GIRLS by Gwendolyn Brooks
POETRY
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"There is a drop of truth in every single playful, piercing stanza, and anything that brings these poems to a new audience is to be cheered; a lovely package indeed. (Picture book/poetry. 7+)"
Brooks's gloriously universal celebration of African-American childhood here receives a respectful and joyous treatment from one of the pre-eminent illustrators of the same. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS BROOKS' STORY NOOK by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"While sequels can sometimes be disappointing, readers and listeners who enjoyed Miss Brooks' first appearance will likely be very happy to find out what happens next—and they just might be inspired to create some tall tales of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Energetic, book-loving Miss Brooks is back, as is Missy, the grumpy, stumpy, hat-wearing reluctant reader-turned-bookworm who is her biggest fan (Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't), 2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Or, in this case, material for literary eavesdropping, either."
An unremarkable correspondence between two remarkable southern men of letters at the forefronts of the New Critics and the Fugitive poets, respectively. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Gwendolyn and the Seeds of Destiny by Roy Sakelson
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Although slightly old-fashioned and unflashy, Sakelson's debut is a worthy addition to the canon of medieval fairy tales."
An old-fashioned fairy tale of curses, magic and selflessness, complete with a kindhearted heroine and misunderstood monsters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVIE BROOKS IS MAROONED IN MANHATTAN by Sheila Agnew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A predictable plot and poor character development squash this outing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A summer in Manhattan unites an orphaned girl with an uncle she barely knows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS BROOKS LOVES BOOKS! (AND I DON’T)  by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"In a word: lovable. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Guaranteed to be warmly welcomed by librarians everywhere, this paean to the joys of reading will find an enthusiastic audience among kids and parents as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE I BELONG by Gwendolyn Heasley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Patience really is required: Rich girl Corrinne is truly obnoxious, but her attitude is amusing, and her evolution, although much too facile, is at least entertaining. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Sixteen-year-old Corrinne begins her self-focused narrative with a plea—"If you hate me at first, keep reading." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 2012

"A compelling travel and sports narrative occasionally marred by a lack of focus."
A former star college soccer player travels the world to find and film pickup games for a documentary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WELFARE'S END by Gwendolyn Mink
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Something to think about as the time limits on welfare support start kicking in."
At last—a serious counterthrust against the popular self-interested praise for welfare reform. Read full book review >