Search Results: "Jamie Gilson"


BOOK REVIEW

MY TEACHER IS AN IDIOM by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Nothing to write home about. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Confusion about idioms plus rudeness in the cafeteria equals unpleasant consequences for second-graders Patrick and Richard. Read full book review >

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WAGON TRAIN 911 by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"It's usually to an author's credit to render such a realistic picture of school, but in this case the authenticity—with a predictable plot to boot—is numbing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When the whole fifth grade embarks on a two-week simulation of a wagon train, Dinah is paired with Orin, a boy she despises, and grouped with an unpleasantly contentious bunch of children who seem set on ruining the game with their constant bickering. Read full book review >

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STINK ALLEY by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2002

"An afterword details the historical facts and cites how Gilson envisioned both the real characters and the ones she invented. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A departure from the author's contemporary settings, this historical novel blends an engaging story about likable main characters with the context and culture that led to the Mayflower pilgrims settling Plimouth Plantation. Read full book review >

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CHESS! by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2008

"Mostly for fans of the series and as a read-aloud to classes learning to play chess. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Sumac School second-grader Richard and pesky rival Patrick from Gotcha! (2006) return with the rest of Mrs. Zookey's class. Read full book review >

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GOTCHA! by Jamie Gilson
by Jamie Gilson, illustrated by Amy Wummer
ANIMALS
Released: March 13, 2006

"Pedestrian, predictable fare for the chapter-book set. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Mrs. Zookey's second-grade class is studying arachnids and their prey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU CHEAT! by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Still, Nathan is admirably brave, and readers will respond to the fish-kissing, rib-tickling topic—and to the sunny, full-color illustrations on every page. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)"
The dynamic in these brief, pithy chapters is established at the start: From playing cards to going fishing, Nathan is a ``doer,'' while his older brother Hank loves to sit still with a hand-sized video game. Read full book review >

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SOCCER CIRCUS by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 1993

"The plot hangs on an unlikely number of coincidences, but there's a lively blend of sports, mystery, and laughs: the dialogue's both funny and believable, while some of the antics— like playing elevator tag—are hilarious. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Though Hobie didn't really mean to miss his dental appointment or to ride his bike through wet cement, his father says he'll have to pay for repairing the cement; moreover, his behavior had better be perfect on the soccer team's overnight trip. Read full book review >

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STICKS AND STONES AND SKELETON BONES by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 1991

"Good fun; thought-provoking; sure-fire jacket. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Still meeting in a mall while their school is being repaired (see Hobie Hanson: Greatest Hero of the Mall, 1989), Hobie's class learns about conflict resolution and has some novel interactions with an old-fashioned Santa. Read full book review >

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IT GOES Eeeeeeeeeeeee! by Jamie Gilson
ANIMALS
Released: April 18, 1994

"Address to write for information on bat houses. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Best friends Richard and Ben are supposed to be nice to new kid Patrick, but it's hard—he's a know-it-all in a suit, bow tie, and shiny shoes; and a pest, the kind of kid who gleefully turns earthworms to mush with his squirt gun. Read full book review >

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BUG IN A RUG by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1998

"De Groat's warm black-and-white drawings perfectly match the lighthearted mood of the text. (Fiction. 6-10)"
When Richard has to go to school wearing the oversized bright purple pants his eccentric Aunt Nannie made for him, he is mortified, and has to hold on to them so they won't fall down. Read full book review >

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ITCHY RICHARD by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Gilson's light touch enables readers to laugh at what might otherwise be embarrassing- -as well as to learn a lot about lice and enjoying the relaxed, mutually supportive atmosphere of a classroom where even the teacher might harbor the pesky intruders. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Second-graders meet an infestation of lice head-on: someone in Mrs. Zookey's class has them, and the nurse must check each student's scalp to see if they've spread. Read full book review >

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CRAZY FOR CORNELIA by Chris Gilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Charming and genuinely compelling, but against all better judgment. (Film rights to New Line Cinema)"
Sometimes witty and personable, sometimes plain predictable: a contemporary romance that offers an updated Cinderella story with a gender switch. Read full book review >