Search Results: "James Preller"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >