Search Results: "Jan Davey Ellis"


BOOK REVIEW

FIESTA! by Elizabeth Silverthorne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Glossary; calendar of fiestas; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Subtitled Mexico's Great Celebrations, a basic discussion— in pleasant if somewhat dry prose—of the three cultures that have influenced Mexican life and art and the many colorful holidays and feasts that have resulted from this unique mix. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"For another view of the Iditarod, Cooper's Racing Sled Dogs (1988) is longer but livelier, while younger readers can be steered to Standiford's Bravest Dog Ever (1989). (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
An impersonal look at the Iditarod, with few names or specific incidents, and decorative—if not particularly informative—illustrations. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SLIME by Ellen Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Place this book with its green and black slimy cover face-out and it will simply ooze off the shelves. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
``Slime is anything that is oily, greasy, goopy and gross,'' says Jackson (The Precious Gift, 1996, etc.) before she goes on to describe the function of some slime found in nature: egg white, protecting the yolk; frog eggs attached to plants, warming in the sun; human saliva, facilitating a host of processes (this last discussion—one page of the book—may be why the title is catalogued in 611 with human anatomy). Read full book review >

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GYPSY DAVEY by Chris Lynch
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"A grim and penetrating look at the cycle of abuse. (Fiction. 12+)"
Slow-witted, 12-year-old Davey lived with his neglectful and sometimes abusive mother, Lois, and his older sister, Joanne, until Joanne moved out at 17 to get married. Read full book review >

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NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Suggestions for further reading include titles for both adults and children. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
With the handsome treatment readers have come to expect, Bial presents the history of the New York Harbor immigration station that processed a good half of the immigrants coming to America between 1892 and 1924. Read full book review >

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AN ELLIS ISLAND CHRISTMAS by Maxinne Rhea Leighton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Still, authentic details plus Nolan's misty, rather somber paintings capture the period—especially the Ellis Island site—with grace and care. (Young reader/Picture book. 5- 9)"
A first-time author re-creates her father's experience of coming to America early in this century with his family. Read full book review >

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AT ELLIS ISLAND by Louise Peacock
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2007

"This last element is often ponderous and intrusive, an adult layer over what are children's voices, and ultimately limits the effectiveness of an otherwise artfully organized whole. (bibliography, websites) (Fictionalized nonfiction. 8-12)"
The voice of a fictional immigrant girl joins with those of historical narratives and the author's own to paint a portrait of Ellis Island and the children who passed through it. Read full book review >

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ELLIS ISLAND INTERVIEWS by Peter M. Coan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"With so many stories, and so many voices, this is a fine collection of primary-source materials. (index, appendix, b&w photos, not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Coan takes readers on an emotional tour of Ellis Island with this elaborate, readable collection of interviews. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE

"A glittering, accomplished, but rather callow tale of a latter-day Lost Generation."
How empty can the lives of young, rich, beautiful people be? Find out in this jaundiced novel of contemporary mores. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Interesting, but too long and too dry."
A thoroughly researched but dull treatise showing the significant impact of sports on the great American-Jewish pastime of assimilation. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN OF ELLIS ISLAND by Elvira Woodruff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Woodruff includes details about the adventure that make it compelling, but the story is drily told and often heavy-handed. (map, glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 9-12)"
A colorless adventure through time as an orphan discovers something about his past. Read full book review >