Search Results: "Jane Denitz Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY DUST by Jane Denitz Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"A powerful story, beguilingly told. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ruthie and her father need someone to help out around the house while Ruthie's mother is away studying Aztec-wedding rituals in Mexico, but they seem to get more than they bargained for with the arrival of Alice. Read full book review >

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IT'S EASTER, CHLOE ZOE! by Jane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A pleasant but not groundbreaking effort, with a cute, yellow elephant leading the charge. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An anthropomorphic elephant girl named Chloe Zoe attends an Easter egg hunt with her two best friends and learns a lesson about sharing. Read full book review >

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IT'S HALLOWEEN, CHLOE ZOE! by Jane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Doesn't stand out among the many introductions to Halloween's delights. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Chloe Zoe in back, exploring Halloween's delights with her friends. Read full book review >

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FOOL'S GOLD by Jane S. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"With its injoke quality, the story here will particularly entertain the intellectual and artistic elite Smith pokes fun at, but there are enough acid darts aimed at the rest of us to keep readers laughing—or at least smiling ruefully."
A first novel of high comedy about would-be artists, art theorists, and trend-setters vacationing in Provence, from an author respected for her serious nonfiction (Patenting the Sun, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"An accessible introduction to an agricultural innovator that gives equal weight to his life of experimentation and what it has meant for society."
In-depth look at a pioneering horticulturalist and the impact of his work. Read full book review >

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WJHC by Jane Smith Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Smart, fun and hip, yet utterly wholesome with an occasional dollop of redeeming moral value; a welcome counterpoint to the general trend towards the grim, angst-ridden and graphically shocking in more 'mature' comic titles. (Graphic novel. 4-8)"
Another collection of comics about the wacky teens running high-school radio station WJHC. Read full book review >

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THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN WHO LIVED IN A BOOT by Linda Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Readers of Mother Goose with lingering questions about that old woman with so many children will find some answers at last, in this lively take on the traditional rhyme. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The author of Mrs. Biddlebox (2002) posits another irascible senior citizen, this one living in a big boot with only an equally irritable cat for company. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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HAN KANG
by Megan Labrise

Han Kang’s fierce, fresh fiction has the book world abuzz: The Vegetarian, her first novel to be translated from Korean to English, won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize. It is one of “The 10 Best Books of 2016,” according to the New York Times Book Review.It is ripe with searing imagery that won’t soon leave you. So ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE LATCHKEY DOG by Mary Jane Auch
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 3, 1994

"A book that's slight, but fast-paced; farfetched overall, but alive with realistic, kid-pleasing antics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The title doesn't really fit this tale of a boy and his dog, but it's a cute, marketable moniker for much ado about nothing. Read full book review >

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LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE DADS
by Julie Danielson

In 2009, award-winning author and poet Hope Anita Smith wrote and illustrated Mother Poems, a set of original poems about the loss of one pre-teen girl’s mother and her metamorphosis into a “motherless shell.” It was a book the Kirkus review called “undeniably visceral,” this personal set of poems from Smith.

Now, with Father’s Day just around the ...


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