Search Results: "Jacqueline S. Salit"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Fighting against the strong political machines of a two-party system may seem Sisyphean now, but Salit's story of how well they've done so far inspires hope that one day they will succeed."
Independentvoting.org president Salit (co-author: Talk/Talk: Making (Non) Sense of an Irrational World, 2010) discusses independent voters in this "honest and unvarnished account of events, personalities, and contexts in the formative decades of what I feel certain will turn out to be a century-defining dynamic." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 1997

"Although the research and observations validate and celebrate female styles of leadership that flourish around kitchen tables and in church basements, the accounts of success stories are often muddled and repetitious, with far too much attention paid to how research projects were designed."
An academic report, including research projects that uphold ``women's ways of knowing'' and programs that allow women to grow by ``gaining a voice,'' that is both uplifting and redundant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 21, 2003

"The swirling texture of the images makes the sensations of the New England scenes nearly tangible. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This poignant story of the magical gift a girl shares with her grandfather is a gem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KINDERGARTEN ABC by Jacqueline Rogers
ABC BOOKS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This not a primer on the ABCs, but an extension of the letter-learning process, a vocabulary builder that will test readers with the likes of easel, knees, llama, quarrel, and tambourines. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Rogers returns to the class from Tiptoe into Kindergarten (1999) to introduce a flurry of letters and words in the always-winning treasure-hunt format that will have eyes poring over the pages. Read full book review >

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GOOD TIMES WITH TEDDY BEAR by Jacqueline McQuade
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Beginning readers will appreciate the large captions but find the story lacking; it will appeal most to preschoolers seeking comfort and reassurance. (Picture book. 3-7)"
McQuade (Christmas with Teddy Bear, 1996, etc.) narrates the events of Teddy Bear's day, beginning with breakfast in bed and ending with tucking back in for another night's sleep. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COMIC BOOK WAR by Jacqueline  Guest
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2014

"Built around a timely (ever timely, unfortunately) theme, this wartime tale featuring young characters with complementary strengths and vulnerabilities shines in a sharply rendered setting. (historical notes) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
A teenager with three brothers fighting overseas in World War II concocts an elaborate coping mechanism that works to keep his anxieties down and his spirits up—until it doesn't. Read full book review >

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THE LEMONADE WAR by Jacqueline Davies
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2007

"Earnest and potentially successful, but just misses the mark. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Told from the point of view of two warring siblings, this could have been an engaging first chapter book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KISS by Jacqueline Wilson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Mixed, but diverting. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Small for her age, bright 14-year-old Sylvie is only just experiencing the first longings of puberty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST by Jacqueline Davies
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"There have been several fictional accounts of this tragic fire; this one is distinguished by believable parallel stories and Davies's effective portrayal of the hardships of early 20th-century life in New York City. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Shortly before a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company killed 146 workers in 1911, a young heiress disappeared from New York City and was never found. Read full book review >

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LENA by Jacqueline Woodson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1999

"This does bring a sense of closure to its open-ended predecessor, but the severely unbalanced structure and a resolution that can best be described as shrink-wrapped, make it a weak sequel. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Woodson's quietly harrowing I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (1994) left teenager Lena Bright and her gifted sister Dion on the run from their abusive father; here, after hitching their way from Ohio to Kentucky, they find the safety they seek, back where their flight began. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NAKED HEART by Jacqueline Briskin
Released: May 22, 1989

Another tale of trembling traumas and quivering innards, by the wildly successful Briskin—who here flutters her chiffon prose to reveal two miserably mismatched couples. Read full book review >