Search Results: "James Watling"


BOOK REVIEW

FINDING PROVIDENCE by Avi
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"A complement to other sources on Williams's life—this is neither interesting enough for general readers, nor specific enough for those not already grounded in the facts. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Avi's first entry in the I Can Read chapter-book series tells the true story of Roger Williams's 1635 flight from arrest for "preaching dangerous new ideas." Read full book review >

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BOUND FOR OREGON by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Westward ho-hum. (Historical Fiction. 8-12)"
In this plodding fictionalized account of a real girl's Oregon Trail experience, nine-year-old Mary Ellen Todd heads west in 1852 with her potter father, unemotional stepmother, and two younger sisters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ARROW OVER THE DOOR by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"A delicate tale, very well told. (Fiction. 7- 9)"
In alternating chapters, Bruchac (Lasting Echoes, p. 1641, etc.) describes two 14-year-old boys, one a Quaker and one an Abenaki Indian, whose lives at the time of the Revolution will eventually intersect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HARD TIMES by Nancy Antle
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

In the ``Once Upon America'' series, an Oklahoma family weathers the transition after Daddy loses his job, and they lose their house, in 1933. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A fictional account of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in N. Y. C., as seen by Rosie, a young Jewish girl whose older sister escapes but whose cousin does not. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FACING WEST by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Well written, historically sound and sympathetic to the needs of the special- needs child, Facing West is a fine first introduction to the novel and a useful tool in the classroom. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Another in the Once Upon America series, Facing West is the story of 11-year-old Ben, whose family is setting out for Oregon in 1845. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT BIRD by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In the Once Upon America series, the affecting story of a young Seminole in the 1830's when, in response to pressure from land-hungry whites and angry slaveowners whose runaways had been protected by them, many Seminoles were removed to Indian Territory (Oklahoma). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALONG THE SANTA FE TRAIL by Marion Russell
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Note on Russell's later life. (Autobiography/Picture book. 7-11)"
Lively with authentic detail, mostly (according to a note) in the original words of Marion Sloan Russell (1845-1936) as recorded by her daughter-in-law in the 20's: an account of the first of Marion's many journeys on the trail from Kansas to Santa Fe, when, in 1852, her widowed mother agreed to become cook for some army officers. Read full book review >

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SOME THOUGHTS ON LOVE
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

So many people make New Year’s Resolutions to start the year, but for the second January in a row, I’ll be contemplating memories and saying good-byes.

My husband lost his father this week.

There’s a lot of emotion to visit, of course, though he suffered from memory issues and so, in many ways, his family has said their ...


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SPRINGING INTO MUST-READ CONTEMPORARY & SUSPENSE
by Bobbi Dumas

April is here, though you wouldn’t know it from my window view - snow is falling! (sigh) Thankfully it’s not sticking, and according to the forecast, it will be seventy degrees by the weekend. Mother Nature seems to be slightly confused in the Midwest this spring, and the national news can make my heart feel cold, but I’m glad we can ...


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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES
by Julie Danielson

Well, maybe not exactly planes, trains, and automobiles. But you know those children who get really fired up reading books about things that go vroom? There’s a reason you can throw a rock and hit a children’s book about transportation: they are loved by many a child. Today, I’ve got three new ones worth your time, one an arrival from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIRD AND BEAR by Ann James
by Ann James, illustrated by Ann James
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"Ultimately, Bird and Bear are charming characters to look at, but their story needs more…story. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A slice-of-life story describes the friendship enjoyed by the eponymous Bird and Bear. Read full book review >