Search Results: "James Carl Nelson"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"This eloquent work of the toll of war builds moving stories through a wealth of personal detail."
An intimate tracking of officers' perspectives during World War I. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A personal, moving journey that will be a welcome addition to any military-history shelf."
Journalist Nelson mines his grandfather's wartime experience in an attempt to shed light on what became of his company during their time "over there." Read full book review >

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ON THE VOLCANO by James Nelson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"If you're looking for True Grit, better keep riding. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
It's 1871, and 16-year-old Katie's widowed father, Jack, has raised her all alone on the slopes of a volcano in the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

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TELL ME A SCARY STORY...BUT NOT TOO SCARY! by Carl Reiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The illustrations are successful, so choose their audience carefully; the words are too forced to make a shivery tale to be relished. (CD included) (Picture book. 3-6)"
Despite its subtitle, this may indeed be too scary for some of its intended audience, though some children just love to be frightened. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Nelson makes an entertaining case that the American Revolution may have been won on Bunker Hill."
A clever, often sardonic history of an iconic battle. Read full book review >

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THIEVES OF MERCY by James L. Nelson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2005

"Realistic combat, rowdy humor, and tense adventure, all combined in a well-researched historical that's authentic and enjoyable."
Confederate naval action on the Mississippi in a sequel to Glory in the Name (2003). Read full book review >

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ALL KINDS OF CARS by Carl Johanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"The absence of a well-told storyline makes the book feel static, but kids who love cars will enjoy this crazy compendium and will be engaged by the imaginative take on a traditional subject. (Informational picture book. 2-4)"
Can there be room for yet another picture book about cars? Apparently. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

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IF YOU PLANT A SEED by Kadir Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 3, 2015

"Though the message is as old as time, its delivery here is fresh and sweet as August corn. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Nelson spins a gardening metaphor about kindness. Read full book review >

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THE STAR PEOPLE by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An exemplary offering. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Set in the 1800s, this traditional story retold by a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Tribe, tells of Sister Girl and her younger brother, who are caught in the middle of a raging prairie fire. Read full book review >

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BUFFALO BIRD GIRL by S.D. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Pair with Nelson's Gift Horse (1999) for a broad vision of Plains Indian childhood. (notes, bibliography, index) (Informational picture book. 7-12)"
A noted Native American artist interprets the early life of Buffalo Bird Woman, Waheenee-wea, one of the last of the Hidatsa to live according to old traditions. Read full book review >