Search Results: "Gwenyth Swain"


BOOK REVIEW

HOPE AND TEARS by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A poem in the voice of a National Park Service worker today says it best: 'The sense that, / after all these years, / spirits live here, / along with all their hopes and tears.' (source notes, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Readers are invited to recite the thoughts, fears and dreams of all those who came to Ellis Island as immigrants, workers and visitors. Read full book review >

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CHIG AND THE SECOND SPREAD by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Endearing—and not one bit cloying—faultlessly paced, and rich in colloquialisms real or invented, Chig is a textured, sympathetic look at rural life during the Depression and at a champion of a girl. (author note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Tiny Chig ("That girl ain't any bigger than a little red chigger") Read full book review >

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SMILING by Gwenyth Swain
Released: April 13, 1999

"An index provides further information on the locations and settings of the photographs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest addition to the Small World series, which shows children around the world engaged in similar activities, focuses on the very human act of smiling. Read full book review >

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MEET THE WOOLLY MAMMOTH by Sophie Philippo
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"An attractive, informative package to be shelved alongside Caroline Arnold's When Mammoths Walked the Earth (2002), which has a more traditional presentation. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
Fossils, frozen carcasses, carved objects and cave paintings, vestiges of elephant-like animals long extinct, have excited human curiosity for thousands of years. Read full book review >

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BOOKWORKS by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 1995

"Appropriate safety notes are offered, and materials needed are fairly common in art supply stores. (glossary, bibliography, address list, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Look for breadth rather than depth in this arts-and-crafts idea book. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE DREAMS THE SKY by Swain Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"The story soars off into an astonishing climax, nicely mingling the mundane and marvelous and once again demonstrating Wolfe's stirring, original power as a storyteller."
Rock-ribbed Montana love story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 2013

"In this enjoyable and authoritative text, Swain will have readers wondering exactly how many zombies they brushed past today."
"This is not a book about fictional zombies. This is a book about what happens to the zombie when it crawls off the page and out of the screen and into our world," writes SciencePunk founder Swain at the beginning of this thoughtful, colorful, slow poke through the world of zombiedom. Read full book review >

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LOADED DICE by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"The fastest of Tony's found adventures to date is as clever as any of the first three (Sucker Bet, 2003, etc.). This smooth, funny series has got to be one of the finds of the decade."
A dead stripper and a novice gambler whose $25,000 winnings have been stolen turn Tony Valentine's head in the casino consultant's latest trip to Las Vegas. Read full book review >

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SUCKER BET by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"As much fun as a magic show, even though there's a tiny letdown each time the magician shows how he pulled it off."
Tony Valentine, that specialist in catching the con men who swindle casinos, has a problem. Read full book review >

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THE PARROT TRAINER by Swain Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Subtle, sophisticated fun that will appeal to anyone who has ever suffered through an academic conference—or an episode of Antiques Roadshow."
A witty send-up of antiquarians and academics by Wolfe (The Lake Dreams the Sky, 1998, etc.) combines a dead German anthropologist, a trendy French postmodernist, a Native American pottery forger, and a shady art dealer for a southwestern comedy of errors. Read full book review >

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FIRST LADIES by Susan Swain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though presented in a stilted fashion, all the portraits are rendered with sympathy and detail."
Selections from the popular yearlong C-SPAN series exploring the lives of the first ladies, each offering conversational, somewhat truncated viewpoints by various historians. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO INVENTED SKIING by Swain Wolfe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2006

"A unique vision, presented in rough-hewn prose."
Novelist Wolfe (The Parrot Trainer, 2003, etc.) recalls a childhood growing up poor in Colorado and Montana during the 1940s and '50s, a time when he was deeply unhappy but fully occupied. Read full book review >