Search Results: "James MacLachlan"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Numerous sidebars explain the significance of logarithms, early mechanical calculators, the Jacquard Loom, and more. (b&w photographs and reproductions, chronology, further reading, index) (Biography. 12+)"
This entry in the Portraits in Science series introduces a pioneer of the computer, 19th-century mathematician and philosopher Charles Babbage. Read full book review >

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FLY AWAY by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"A story that never cloys, succeeding on all levels. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Filled with little moments of quiet wisdom and gentle humor, Newbery winner MacLachlan's story about family love soars. Read full book review >

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KINDRED SOULS by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"It's rare to find a children's book that deals so well with death as part of life, offering kids an effective approach to coping with sadness that incorporates humor, love and joy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This spare first-person account of a boy coping with his grandfather's death beautifully portrays something rare and surprisingly valuable: the opportunity to grieve for a loved one even while he is still alive. Read full book review >

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GRANDFATHER’S DANCE by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Cassie and Jack will never forget their grandfather and neither will readers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The beloved story of Sarah and her family concludes with a touching marriage and a final farewell. Read full book review >

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CALEB’S STORY by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"MacLachlan's appreciative readers will savor this new addition to the chronicle of a delightful family, and many will be hoping for another volume in the series so we can learn precocious Cassie's story as she grows older. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Newbery Medalist MacLachlan continues the story of the Witting family, with the believable characters readers have come to know and love from Sarah, Plain and Tall (1985) and its sequel, Skylark (1994). Read full book review >

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JUST DANCE by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A quiet tale about finding your own voice. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A gifted wordsmith wonders if her opera-singer mom misses her career. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH OF ME by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Some readers may find the gentle pace lacking in excitement, but for others, Robbie's quietly affecting observations will feel like truth. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Robbie, perhaps 9 or 10 years old, is a bit of a sobersides, a solemn young narrator, given to adult tone and phrasing in his spare, first-person, present-tense account of an unexpected adventure. Read full book review >

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THE POET'S DOG by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A quiet, elegant, poignant story suffused with humor, heart, and goodness. (Fantasy. 6-12)"
An unusual dog rescues two children from a storm. Read full book review >

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CAT TALK by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Though published for the preschool audience, this will no doubt find enthusiastic fans of all ages. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
As they did previously for dogs (Once I Ate a Pie, illustrated by Katy Schneider, 2006), MacLachlan and Charest give voice to a collection of charming pets beautifully rendered by veteran illustrator Moser. Read full book review >

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WHITE FUR FLYING by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Beautifully told, quietly moving and completely satisfying. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A rescued dog saves an unhappy, silent boy in this gentle story about families, fears and courage. Read full book review >

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EDWARD’S EYES by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2007

"As a story of overcoming grief, it works beautifully, and the quality and brevity of the narrative will appeal to those who read it despite its actual subject. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In Jake's large family, the kids raise each other, and he's taught his younger brother Edward how to speak French, use the toilet and understand baseball. Read full book review >

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MORE PERFECT THAN THE MOON by Patricia MacLachlan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"If the power and deeply felt emotions of the original are missing, it remains a pleasant visit with old friends. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Cassie, an almost-third-grader, has taken up the journal passed on by her much older brother Caleb. Read full book review >