Search Results: "Gwendolyn Brooks"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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DON'T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"This surprisingly poignant comedy about teen-parent communication has enough bite to pique the interest of any teenager having trouble interacting meaningfully with her parents. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Usually it's a kid's use of social media that is a problem…. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2015

"Dive into this sweeping, romantic journey that will leave you breathless and a little unsure of where in time you've landed."
Four scientists receive a grant to study memory in the hope of finding a cure for Alzheimer's and make the discovery of a lifetime—or lifetimes. Read full book review >

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THE FORTUNE TELLER by Gwendolyn Womack
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A well-worn template with entertaining embellishments."
An ancient manuscript seems to predict the future—including the dangerous journey set in motion by the woman who discovers it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"Faithful attempt. Still, it could be that you had to be there."
Forced to relocate from downtown Manhattan after 9/11, a career woman discovers warmth, camaraderie and more in a small-town barroom. Read full book review >

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Meditation Moments by Victor Stobbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2015

"A worthy contribution to the afterlife of biblical poetry."
Debut author Stobbe gives modern readers a fresh look at the Psalms in this clever poetic experiment. Read full book review >

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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 >

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OFF TO SCHOOL by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

From the author of The Barber's Cutting Edge (1994), a flawed story that is also predictable: Wezielee, the youngest child of a large African-American sharecropper family, is left at home to cook the midday meal while the rest of her family toils in the fields. Read full book review >

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I KICK THE BALL / PATEO EL BALÓN by Gwendolyn Zepeda
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2011

"A good bet for young soccer fans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With an underlying message of good nutrition and daily exercise, Zepeda introduces a young boy struggling to balance school and chores with his dreams of future soccer stardom. Read full book review >