Search Results: "James Howe"


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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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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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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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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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PINKY AND REX GO TO CAMP by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Howe presents these young children learning how to share their feelings with a sure touch for realistic dialogue; Sweet's full-color illustrations, on almost every page, nicely reflect the story's warmth and gentle humor. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Fifth in an appealing series of early chapter books about two close friends, boy and girl, whose names reflect their characters' reversal of stereotypical roles. Read full book review >

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PINKY AND REX AND THE NEW BABY by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1993

"With lively, believable dialogue, realistic situations that gently test the likable pair's mettle, and Sweet's appealing art on every easily read spread: another strong entry in a popular series. (Fiction/Young reader. 5-8)"
Perhaps because Rex is a little older than the expectant siblings found in many picture books, her experience is the reverse of theirs: her worries about being supplanted come before her parents bring home new adopted brother Matthew. Read full book review >

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PINKY AND REX AND THE SPELLING BEE by James Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Sweet's attractive illustrations extend the wholesome good humor. (Young reader. 6-8)"
One of two new books about the likable best friends introduced in 1990. 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 >

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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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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Though Horace and Morris are largely placeholders here, fans will welcome the triumphant return of this adventure-loving threesome. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Moustro Provolone welcomes Horace and Morris into his new chorus, but Dolores, the sparkplug of the trio introduced in Horace and Morris, But Mostly Dolores (1999) doesn't make the cut—perhaps because she belts out "notes no one had ever heard before." Read full book review >