Search Results: "Helen Hemphill"


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HELEN by Anita Mishook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A well-structured, compelling historical tale.
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A young, Jewish, Polish-American immigrant moves from New York to California and reluctantly infiltrates a pro-Nazi organization in this novel. Read full book review >

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RUNAROUND by Helen Hemphill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"A fine follow-up to her excellent debut, Long Gone Daddy (2006). (Fiction. 10+)"
Eleven-year-old Sassy Thompkins, obsessive reader of romance magazines, dreams of her first kiss, but when it actually happens, she ends up beating up the poor boy. Read full book review >

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LONG GONE DADDY by Helen Hemphill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2006

"Wryly funny, this first novel relies a bit too much on hillbilly diction and unusual events, but Hemphill is still a writer with promise. (Fiction. YA)"
It's the dead body of his grandfather that Harlan sees on the porcelain table in the morgue where he lives and works to escape confrontation with his evangelistic preacher father, Harlan P. Never having seen Grandfather Harlan O before, Harlan Q decides to head home and see how the family will react. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTUROUS DEEDS OF DEADWOOD JONES by Helen Hemphill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"The prejudice against blacks remains threatening and constant, and Prometheus's transformation into Deadwood is convincing, even when insurmountable odds seem stacked against him. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
In the tradition of Nat Love comes a fictional black cowpoke, Prometheus Jones, and his best buddy, Omer Shine, escaping from a lynch mob in Tennessee to a Kansas cattle drive on its way to the Dakota Territory during the chaotic years following the end of the Civil War. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The lack of notes, bibliography or online resources further mar this book. (Biography. 6-8)"
Helen Keller's inspiring story has a way of making it into most elementary-school curricula. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by George Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Satisfying the requirement for 100-page biography reports, this adds little else to the field. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
The compelling lives of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan are interwoven with quotations from their own writing in a choppy, flat, rehashing of the now-familiar story of Keller's vast potential and the brilliant teaching skills that grew to make Helen's social and intellectual life rich, but negated any semblance of a personal life for Anne. Read full book review >

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HELEN HATH NO FURY by Gillian Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2000

"Some funny lines, even some wise ones, but the pace is slow and the territory overfamiliar."
Even though Edna Pontellier is fictitious—the embattled heroine of Kate Chopin's The Awakening—it's clear Helen Coulter takes her self-drowning personally. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Lesa Cline-Ransome
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"A nice introduction to a fascinating life for the very youngest of readers. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Young Helen Keller cannot hear, see or speak, but she knows the scent of vanilla cake coming out of the oven, the feel of her mother's fancy silk dress and that the dog is tense because the horses are outside. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Laurie Lawlor
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Helen Keller was a hero and an icon in her own age as well as in ours: she lost her sight and hearing at 19 months; she was brought into the world of language by a young and fiercely determined teacher; she went to college, supported herself, and published voluminously at a time when women could scarcely do those things at all, let alone as disabled women. Read full book review >

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LOSING HELEN by Carol Becker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A book written as much or more for the author as for any readership, but those going through similar trials will take much solace from the author's story."
A short and powerful evocation of a mother's death and of the events immediately preceding them. Read full book review >

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HELEN KELLER by Dorothy Herrmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 1998

"Keller's life, exceptional as it was, is no match for that of Herrmann's earlier subject, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. (64 photos) (Author tour)"
This biography ably chronicles the long, remarkable life of the deaf/blind prodigy, mystic, and socialist Keller and her longtime teacher and helpmeet, Anne Sullivan, who taught her to communicate with the world. Read full book review >

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HELEN AND THE GREAT QUIET by Rick Fitzgerald
Released: March 24, 1989

An imaginative, and only slightly didactic, consideration of a subject close to the hearts of more adults than children: the value of quiet. Read full book review >