Search Results: "James Wheatley"


BOOK REVIEW

MAGNIFICENT JOE by James Wheatley
Released: April 9, 2013

"A grim and gritty novel, with a slight ray of hope at the end."
Joe's the only magnificent one in this novel about working-class life in northern England, for his simple-mindedness protects him from the despair and hopelessness of his friends. Read full book review >

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A Time for War by Ronald Wheatley
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 1, 2016

"An engaging journalistic account of American military and civilian service during wartime."
A journalist's anthology of interviews with soldiers from several American wars as well as other patriots. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Mean-spirited and unfunny."
A young, single, and pathologically irritable black heroine knows she's too good to be played by yet another "broke-ass, fucked-up, wanna-be-but-ain't-never-gonna-be famous, hype-ass loser." Read full book review >

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THE TRIAL OF PHILLIS WHEATLEY by Ronald B. Wheatley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2014

"Classic American history theater for readers who are weary of The Crucible and Inherit the Wind."
In his debut play, Wheatley (A Song of Africa, 2011) illuminates the life of an African-American poet and explores both colonists' and slaves' desires for liberty. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUKE’S WAY OF LOOKING by Nadia Wheatley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"In the end there is no real respect for different visions; they are merely placed in warring camps, sure to stir up controversy. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Luke draws the nose and ears in the wrong place in a portrait. Read full book review >

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MALALA YOUSAFZAI by Karen Leggett Abouraya
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"A moving real-life story well-told and beautifully illustrated."
A nonfiction picture book about a young Pakistani activist who believes that education is a basic human right. 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

BEOWULF by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2007

"What you have heard before is nothing. I will stir up the waters of the old days and shape the long-ago then into now. Read full book review >

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DON’T TOUCH MY HAT! by James Rumford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Hat's off to this one! (Picture book. 4-8)"
Thanks to Sheriff John and his ten-gallon hat, the town of Sunshine is a model of law and order. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD, BUTTERFLY, EEL by James Prosek
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Gorgeous artwork and a wealth of facts nicely combine to create an introductory look at bird, insect and fish migration. (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
In summer, the three titular animals share the same coastal New England farm. Read full book review >