Search Results: "James Preller"


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ALONG CAME SPIDER by James Preller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The pressures Spider feels from his peers to belong and conform will resonate with middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Spider Stevens and Trey Cooper have lived next door to each other their entire lives and have been best friends throughout their years at Spiro Agnew Elementary School. Read full book review >

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BYSTANDER by James Preller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The role of girls is downplayed, except for classmate Mary, who is essential to the resolution, enhancing appeal across gender lines. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Bullying is a topic that never lacks for interest, and here Preller concentrates on the kids who try to ignore or accommodate a bully to keep themselves safe. Read full book review >

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THE FALL by James Preller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"With its timely, important message and engaging prose style, Sam's journal ought to find a large readership. (Fiction. 10-16)"
When Morgan Mallen throws herself off of a water tower after being "terrorized on social media," classmate Sam Proctor starts a journal to sort out his role in the tragedy. Read full book review >

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BEFORE YOU GO by James Preller
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 17, 2012

"Solid. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A summer of love and loss nearly derails a teenage boy. Read full book review >

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SIX INNINGS by James Preller
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"A well-intentioned, interesting premise that falls just short. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Though Sam isn't playing in his team's championship game because he has bone cancer, he has become the team's announcer in order to remain close to the action. Read full book review >

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A PIRATE’S GUIDE TO FIRST GRADE by James Preller
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2010

"Good fun, me hearties. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A little boy with pirates on the brain navigates the first day of school. Read full book review >

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MIGHTY CASEY by James Preller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

As a writer of verse, Preller, author of Six Innings (2008), makes an excellent prose novelist. Read full book review >

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CARDINAL AND SUNFLOWER by James Preller
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1998

"Readers will salute the cardinals and their sunflower. (Picture book. 4-8)"
With quiet elucidation, Preller tells the story of a family of cardinals in a city park. Read full book review >

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JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >

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C.L.R. JAMES by Kent Worcester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"EWSLUGCLR James emerges from this engaging book as a man who lived his life fully and whose work is worthy of further study, and Worcester has done much to rescue his subject from oblivion."
Well-crafted biography of a man once characterized as ``the sharpest and most interesting mind that the British Caribbean has produced in three centuries of learning.'' Although the Trinidadian writer and activist Cyril Lionel Robert James (190189) was at the center of many political and literary movements in his time, he is little known today. ``By the 1960s,'' Worcester observes, ``he was an elder radical statesperson on several continents, famous for his writing and historical impact. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >