Search Results: "Howard M. Sachar"


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Released: March 14, 2002

"A fine contribution to European history and Judaic studies alike."
A brilliantly conceived, nation-by-nation history of Europe's Jews during the three decades before the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"For now, Farewell Espa§a provides a quick introduction that, if a little light in terms of scholarship, contains a fluid and often fascinating narrative."
An engaging, if sometimes spotty, history of the Jews who resided in the Iberian Peninsula until their expulsion from Spain in 1492 and from Portugal in 1497. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE MODERN WORLD by Howard M. Sachar
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2005

"An essential work of modern history: put it alongside Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers and Amos Elon's more recent The Pity of It All."
An ambitious, thoroughly accessible account of the so often unhappy fortunes of the Jewish people from the early modern era to the present. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN AMERICA by Howard M. Sachar
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 1992

With this comprehensive, insightful, and spirited opus, Sachar (Modern History/George Washington Univ.; A History of Israel, 1976 and 1977, etc.) rises to the position of preeminent Jewish historian of our day. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"However, these flaws pale in comparison to Sachar's achievement: A solid, even pathbreaking book that covers a great deal of ground while remaining accessible to the general reader."
Since the Yom Kippur War, the overwhelming amount of diplomatic "action" surrounding Israel has involved the US. Read full book review >

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THE CARDTURNER by Louis Sachar
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 11, 2010

"Intelligent readers will love this work—it's in the cards. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Who wants to read a novel about playing bridge—a dull, old-fashioned game nobody plays anymore, some old person's idea of fun before there were cell phones, television, iPods and video games? Read full book review >

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FUZZY MUD by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An exciting story of school life, friends, and bullies that becomes a quick meditation on the promise and dangers of modern science. (Speculative fiction. 8-12)"
When fifth-grader Tamaya Dhilwaddi and seventh-grader Marshall Walsh cut through the woods to avoid school bully Chad Hilligas, they unwittingly set off a chain of events that threatens global catastrophe. Read full book review >

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SMALL STEPS by Louis Sachar
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Although readers may find themselves missing the tricky layers of its predecessor, any novel in which the good guys so righteously win should be happily welcomed in its own right. (Fiction. 12+)"
After a hiatus of some seven years, Sachar returns with a companion to Holes (1998) that places one of Stanley's fellow "campers" on center stage. Read full book review >

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WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN by Louis Sachar
Released: March 22, 1989

"A sure-to-please sequel to Sideways Stories from Wayside School."
Thirty rib-tickling tales of Wayside School, where the classrooms are stacked one atop the other, dead rats live in the basement, and there's no 19th floor—usually. Read full book review >

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MARVIN REDPOST by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"The story hums along with its own cheerful energy, much like Marvin himself. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Third grader Marvin Redpost returns (Why Pick on Me?, 1993, etc.) in the fifth book in this Stepping Stone series. Read full book review >

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DOGS DON'T TELL JOKES by Louis Sachar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1991

"Still, Gary is a likable, completely good-hearted boy who turns out to be refreshingly frank about his own shortcomings. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Gary "Goon" Boone tells jokes instead of having conversations; almost everyone—parents, teachers, schoolmates—is tired of him. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LOST HIS FACE by Louis Sachar
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Meanwhile, the final scenes, including a bibliotherapeutic epilogue set 150 years hence, are contrived and awkwardly handled."
A wry, uneven story in which a junior-high-schooler has his fling with the "in" crowd but ultimately finds more rewarding friends. Read full book review >