Search Results: "Holly Thompson"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2012

"A broadly appealing mix of the tragic and droll, comforting, disturbing, exotic and universal, with nary a clinker in the bunch. (glossary) (Short stories. 11-13)"
A big but consistently engaging pro bono anthology of authors with direct or indirect Japanese "heritage or experience." Read full book review >

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THE LANGUAGE INSIDE by Holly Thompson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 14, 2013

"This is an artistic picture of devastation, fragility, bonds and choices; here's hoping some Tohoku tsunami books from a Japanese perspective will join it. (poetry list, recommended resources) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In flowing free-verse poems, a 15-year-old white American girl who grew up in Japan recounts a kaleidoscope of devastations, recoveries and irreparable damage—ranging from the geopolitical to the personal. Read full book review >

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FALLING INTO THE DRAGON'S MOUTH by Holly Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"Well-crafted and emotionally compelling, with a somewhat regrettable setup. (glossary, cultural guide, resources) (Verse fiction. 10-13)"
A white American boy living in Japan faces serious bullying. Read full book review >

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ORCHARDS by Holly Thompson
FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Nevertheless, this first young adult outing is a fast-paced page-turner that explores the rippling effects of suicide. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
After a friend hangs herself, biracial 14-year-old Kana Golberg is shipped out to her family in Japan to work in the sweltering heat tending to their mikan orange groves. Read full book review >

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TOP OF THE WORLD by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"In Holly Hobbie's world, 'whim' rhymes with 'friend' and readers will forgive her this whim and remain her friend, still eagerly awaiting the next Toot & Puddle adventure. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Every new Toot & Puddle adventure is an eagerly awaited event, and while this one arrives on many levels, it takes a wrong turn somewhere and leaves someone at the station. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE’S WINDOW by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Simple and understated in both visuals and narrative, yet the blended message of trying one's wings and being disparate friends regardless of size and genus will ring with young listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Caruso is a young bird who's afraid to fly, thinking only of the mishaps that could occur. Read full book review >

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ROSATA by Holly Keller
by Holly Keller, illustrated by Holly Keller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wistful, evocativeand perhaps best for sharing. (Picture book. 4+)"
Camilla comes into the possession of an old hat bedecked with a small bird made of real feathers. Read full book review >

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, GERALDINE by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In guileless illustrations and text, Keller (Geraldine First, 1996, etc.) accurately targets toddlers' tastes, but among holiday tales, this one is more heart than plot, and may be overshadowed by flashier Santas, Grinches, and reindeers with red noses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A shaggy-dog tale about the journey of the biggest Christmas tree on the lot to Geraldine's home. Read full book review >

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HELP! by Holly Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Touches like the rosy blush on Mouse's face when he realizes that Snake has rescued him give the somewhat stylized figures the necessary spark of life. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A predictable story with a clear moral lesson. Read full book review >

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CHARMING OPAL by Holly Hobbie
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Children will be comforted by this warmly humorous take on a familiar dilemma. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Charming" truly is the word for both story and art in this latest Toot and Puddle installment. Read full book review >

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A PRESENT FOR TOOT by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The storyline has too many gaps, but Hobbie's watercolors are delightful, and Puddle's search for the perfect present is endearing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hobbie's porcine characters (Toot and Puddle, 1997) are back in a sweet but disjointed effort. Read full book review >

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PUDDLE'S ABC by Holly Hobbie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hobbie's porkers in play clothes return for a fourth episode, just as winning as the previous three. Read full book review >