Search Results: "James Howe"


BOOK REVIEW

IRVING HOWE by Edward Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"But he also deserved someone far more attuned to all the dimensions of his life and his political commitments."
A detailed and dogmatic intellectual biography of one of the leading American literary critics, political journalists, polemicists, and Jewish intellectuals of the past 50 years. Read full book review >

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ADDIE ON THE INSIDE by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2011

"Readers will agree when, in the triumphant final poem, an assured Addie proclaims: 'I am a girl who knows enough / to know this life is mine.' (author's note) (Verse novel. 11-14)"
In this companion novel, Howe explores the interior life of the most outspoken member of the "Gang of Five" from The Misfits and Totally Joe (2001, 2005). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Focus on change and growth gives strength to this offering. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Just as 13 is an age with agonies and ecstasies, this collection ranges from the trivial to the powerful. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"The message is no secret, but getting there is a barrel of fun, thanks to snap-happy acrylic and collage art with its three mouse gallivants and their gleefully expressive faces. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An auspicious debut for illustrator Walrod, whose hilarious characterizations of three mice friends enliven Howe's jocular plot that pokes fun at boys-only and girls-only clubs. Read full book review >

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TOTALLY JOE by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"There's more of a sense of spending extra time with a favorite friend. (Fiction. 10-14)"
One quarter of the "Gang of Five" from The Misfits (2001) tells his own story of coming out and overcoming bullies and prejudice through alphabetical entries in his "alphabiography." Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: July 1, 2001

"Here's good news for teachers, too: the stories serve as fine springboards for introspective student-writing and classroom discussion. (Fiction. 12+)"
Some of today's most celebrated YA authors, including Avi, Walter Dean Myers, Jacqueline Woodson (writing with Chris Lynch), Annette Curtis Klause, Norma Fox Mazer, Virginia Euwer Wolff, and Howe himself, are represented in this generally fine though uneven anthology. Read full book review >

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ALSO KNOWN AS ELVIS by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2014

"With its companions, it's a powerful affirmation of friendship, compassion and the right to be accepted for who we are. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Over a decade has passed for readers since The Misfits (2001) introduced the Gang of Five, four seventh-grade outsiders who've got one another's backs; for Bobby, Joe, Addie and Skeezie, a year's gone by. Read full book review >

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BUNNICULA STRIKES AGAIN! by James Howe
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Once again Harold, "canine author extraordinaire," relates a madcap tale lit up with clever character twists and plots going hilariously awry. Read full book review >

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THE MISFITS by James Howe
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Readers of every stripe will find themselves here and laugh (or cringe) as they catch on. (Fiction. 10+)"
The Gang of Five wants, basically, to get through seventh grade in Paintbrush Falls, New York. Read full book review >

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OTTER AND ODDER by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Ever-changing watercolor washes and primordial shapes depict a wondrous, liquid world in which the star-crossed lovers learn to trust their hearts. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The love between a fish and an otter is given the thoughtful treatment such an unexpected attraction deserves. Read full book review >

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BRONTORINA by James Howe
by James Howe, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"The frankly funny illustrations complement Howe's understated text, resulting in a sweet, frothy story, complete with tutus and arabesques, for the little (and big) dreamer in everyone, lightheartedly demonstrating that the sky's the limit, so think big! (Picture book. 2-7)"
Brontorina is a rotund, orange Apatosaurus who dreams of being a ballerina, so she presents herself at Madame Lucille's Dance Academy: "[I]n my heart I am a ballerina." Read full book review >