Search Results: "Jackie Mims Hopkins"


BOOK REVIEW

PRAIRIE CHICKEN LITTLE by Jackie Mims Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Nevertheless, good fun to share in a lap or with a group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mary McBlicken is one panicky prairie chicken. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"A good try nonetheless, and a natural for fans of the likes of Lisa Wheeler's operetta Seadogs (2004), 'staged' by Mark Siegel. (Picture book. 7-9)"
With folktale characters crowding the supporting cast, a sturdy heroine sets out to rustle up some gold to save her mine, house and hand from an oily banker in this elaborately staged—if not particularly well-knit—potboiler. Read full book review >

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OUR TEXAS by Jackie Mims Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A bumpy ride through the Lone Star State. (Informational picture book. 7-10)"
"The great state of Texas is waiting for you. / Come travel the land and meet people, too. / Then pick a direction—north, south, east, or west— / and you can decide which parts you like best." Read full book review >

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HIDING GLADYS by Lee Mims
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Mims, a former field geologist who clearly knows mining protocol, equipment and land resources, seasons Cleo's debut with too many Perils-of-Pauline impediments and too much romantic folderol."
A plucky geologist and her deerhound almost lose their lives in North Carolina. Read full book review >

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TRUSTING VIKTOR by Lee Mims
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 8, 2014

"Although geologist Mims (Hiding Gladys, 2013) writes with professional authority, she could have established her heroine as a specialist in a man's world without burdening readers with so many scientific details—or undercutting Cleo's self-sufficiency by obliging her to be rescued again and again."
Underwater intrigue, offshore drilling and onshore romance enliven a scientist's days and nights. Read full book review >

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SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >

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EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2013

"This leisurely, lyrical, romantic and realistic version is one to savor and to read aloud, and again, and again. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
Reimagined for the 21st century, a familiar folk tale becomes a haunting love story and a reminder that first love may not last a lifetime. Read full book review >

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SMOKE by Ellen Hopkins
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A strong, painful and tender piece about wresting hope from the depths of despair. (author's note) (Verse fiction. 13-17)"
Two sisters wrestle with guilt and fear after one kills the father who battered them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 14, 2008

"A novel that asks what torture is, how far it can go and why society allows it as a means to an end."
Former Army intelligence officer John Powers, back in the States from Iraq, is arrested after a vigilante campaign to rid his neighborhood of drugs and undergoes a series of brutal interrogations in this nihilistic screed set in the near future. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, Hopkins's research adds considerably to the history of modern American welfare policy. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
A scholarly biography of one of the great American policy makers and innovators of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE SONG OF THE GOLDEN HARE by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A lovely celebration of legend and the wild. (Picture book. 5-9)"
One little boy's family holds the secret of the golden hare. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING ABOUT A BEAR by Jackie Morris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"It is lovely to see natural history and a sense of eco-awareness combined with many children's most beloved plaything. (Informational picture book. 4-9)"
With huge, richly detailed pictures (who knew watercolors could make so many different kinds of brown?) and a lucid and near-poetic text, Morris describes the lives and habitats of eight kinds of bear. Read full book review >