Search Results: "Jackie French"


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JACKIE by John Tammela
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Charming, humorously observed boyhood anecdotes."
In his debut childhood memoir, Tammela recalls his various escapades while growing up in late-1930s and early 1940s Niagara Falls, Canada. Read full book review >

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ROVER by Jackie French
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"Enthralling, though the title needs improving. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
When Viking raiders overrun Hekja's Danish village, her speed and courage impress Freydis, the bold daughter of Eric the Red, who takes her prisoner, along with her wolfhound Riki Snarfari (Rover), and carries them back to Greenland. Read full book review >

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HITLER’S DAUGHTER by Jackie French
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"A fresh, well-told, and sobering story that needs a wide readership. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this intriguing story of what-if by an award-winning Australian writer, friends wait for their school bus during weeks of incessant rains as they listen to Anna relate the tale of Heidi, Hitler's young daughter. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A BABY WOMBAT by Jackie French
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Still, the air of freshness that blew through the first book is absent here; better to buy a new copy of the first than to invest in this rerun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
If this duo's minimalist Diary of a Wombat (2003) was a textbook example of words and art together creating narrative, then this sequel is equally an exemplar of what can go wrong when you try to apply a formula to success. Read full book review >

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PETE THE SHEEP-SHEEP by Jackie French
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 17, 2005

"It's a sweetly fleecy tale of outsider-makes-good, the genially inevitable ending entirely satisfying. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a sort of "queer eye for the straight sheep," a mild-mannered shearer and his sheep-sheep show a trio of tough shearers how to get in touch with their stylish sides. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Mostly the phrases are stirring—as are Sewall's scratchboard evocations—and often inspirational—for this nickommoh puts to shame what has become known as the day before the launch of the holiday shopping season. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Koller (Bouncing on the Bed, p. 143, etc.) portrays a Narragansett nickommoh, or celebratory gathering, from which it is very likely the tradition of Thanksgiving was drawn. Read full book review >

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IF I HAD ONE WISH... by Jackie French Koller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

When an eighth grader's wish that his little brother had never been born actually comes true, he's dismayed by the implications. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A salutary reminder that heroic deeds aren't always the violent sort. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A big, irascible knight, renowned for dragon-slaying and army-vanquishing, gets turned around by a determined, lonely child. Read full book review >

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READING JACKIE by William Kuhn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Both respectful and scintillating."
A clever, surprisingly substantial take on the life of Jacqueline Onassis (1929 -1994). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 1992

"Gleason is an ever-compelling major comedian who still awaits the serious biographical attention given Keaton, Chaplin, and Laurel and Hardy."
Pleasant but lightweight life of fat Ralph Kramden's creator, by the author of Salman Rushdie (1990), James Baldwin (1989), etc. Weatherby apparently twisted a scotch bottle dry with Gleason a number of times, starting back in Gleason's heyday, 1961, when the comedian was already questioning the value of gaining the world and would solemnly quote Shakespeare at length. Read full book review >