Search Results: "Jack Mayer"


BOOK REVIEW

LIFE IN A JAR by Jack Mayer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2011

"A gripping real-life tale of extraordinary courage that had an enduring impact."
Kansas teenagers rediscover a forgotten Holocaust heroine in this moving historical drama, based on a true story. Read full book review >

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Before The Court Of Heaven by Jack Mayer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Occasionally verges on the melodramatic, but nevertheless an insightful portrait of a complex man and period in history."
From author Mayer (Life in a Jar, 2011) comes a historical novel based on thelife of Ernst Techow. Read full book review >

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TOO MANY DINOSAURS by Mercer Mayer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2011

"Eye candy for dinosaur fans, with piles of yard-sale goods and other junk on hand that will reward closer looks. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The plot doesn't exactly make sense, but that hardly matters when the pictures show a suburban neighborhood suddenly overrun with humongous dinosaurs. Read full book review >

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SNOOPING OUT STORIES WITH JACK
by Julie Danielson

I’ve probably said this before right here at my Kirkus blog, so I apologize for any redundancy, but it is a spectacular thing to hear award-winning author Jack Gantos give a presentation. Anywhere. I always want to stand up when he’s done, and (complete with lots of fist pumps) yell, “Now, that is why I chose to work in the ...


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WHAT GOES AROUND
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

Cover Story: Viking Cute
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 2
Talky Talk: Real Boy
Bonus Factor: Unexpected Friendships
Relationship Status: Maybe in a Few Years 

Cover Story: Viking Cute

A cutesy viking is kind of an oxymoron when you think about the actual history of vikings, but this one with ...


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BOOK REVIEW

EYES IN THE MIRROR by Julia Mayer
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Ultimately, this average debut effort never rises above the masses in either overcrowded genre. (Paranormal/reality fiction. 12 & up)"
Stoned, Dee's attractive male friend Jamie suggests the existence of an alternate universe, and later the 16-year-old finds it by stepping through a mirror. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPIRIT'S PATH by Lisi Mayer
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"An expansive, uneven work that would benefit from a narrower focus."
Through the character of Karla, debut author Mayer chronicles her life, from a traumatic childhood in Austria through her retirement from successful psychiatry practice in the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1998

"This definitive biography is, like its subject matter, unabashed and eloquent, though too loquacious for casual readers."
A meticulously researched and original biography of the firebrand American abolitionist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG MARY OF NAZARETH by Marianna Mayer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Particularly good reproductions of the artwork coupled with a well-written story make this an appealing, empowering volume. (Picture book. 7-11)"
A personal interpretation of the Virgin Mary's girlhood, illustrated with luminous reproductions of fine art by Giotto, Fra Fillipo Lippi, Rossetti, Georges de La Tour, and others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"As most of the dire visions and passages have been de-emphasized, this isn't exactly a balanced view, but what remains are expressions of tough love, and hope, that may be balm for troubled readers in troubled times. (Source list) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Mayer follows up Seeing Jesus In His Own Words (2002) with a similarly sumptuous return to the previous Testament, profiling 20 prophets and characterizing their messages on spreads bordered by wide, parchment-patterned bands and illustrated with European religious art from the last dozen or so centuries. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"A timely and thoughtful alert on a socioeconomic problem whose implications are (or should be) of general concern."
Forget the misleading subtitle. Read full book review >