Search Results: "Jane Fitz-Randolph"


BOOK REVIEW

FITZ by Mick Cochrane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Ends not with a bang, but a whimper. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A high school sophomore kidnaps his estranged father at gunpoint. Read full book review >

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MUMMIES, DINOSAURS, MOON ROCKS by James Jespersen
DINOSAURS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Like a good detective story, the book will hook even casual readers, who will be subsequently enthralled. (b&w photos, diagrams, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Subtitling their work ``How We Know How Old Things Are,'' the authors write with enthusiasm and include up-to-date information about ``many ways of finding the age of objects ranging from the relatively young—like pottery and old musical instruments—to fossils and the earth itself.'' Each method is put in the context of current and evolving scientific puzzles that will appeal to young readers: Methods include Carbon 14 dating, thermoluminescence, potassium-argon dating, dendrochronology, analysis of DNA, etc. Examples are wide ranging and intriguing, e.g., where did Columbus land that Christmas of 1492 and establish La Navidad? Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 10, 2005

"A fastidious history of loss at sea, for casual reader and maritime maven alike."
Just 30 years ago, all hands were lost when, in a howling storm, a huge, seemingly unsinkable ship plunged to the bottom of Lake Superior. Read full book review >

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HISSY FITZ by Patrick Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Not Jennings' best, but worth it for cat fans. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Can't a kitty catch a break for a nap? Not in the Fitz house. Read full book review >

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RANDOLPH CALDECOTT by Leonard S. Marcus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A worthy illustrated tribute to the man who arguably invented the modern picture book."
Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott Medal, which honors excellence in picture-book illustration, a slender illustrated biography of its namesake. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST by Ben Procter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2007

"Procter does not ignore Hearst's ruthless dishonesty, his reptilian professional and personal ethics, but the author does sometimes succumb to the subject's celebrity and toxic charm."
Procter (History/Texas Christian Univ.) completes his two-volume biography of the man whose ego and empire and sense of entitlement ballooned to proportions so vast that it took the Great Depression and time's stiletto to puncture them. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST by Ben Procter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1998

"Procter's biography, like the Hearst newspapers of the period he chronicles, is great reading, but too much on the surface, shedding too little light on the realities underneath. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
An intensely detailed but still superficial chronicle of the media baron's life through early middle age. Read full book review >

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WHEN RANDOLPH TURNED ROTTEN by Charise Mericle Harper
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"A charmer of a read. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's probably true that 95 percent of the time Randolph the beaver is an upstanding fellow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WISTERIA JANE by Amber Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A valuable lesson about tact for any age. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl who takes telling the truth too far learns to temper her tongue and make up with a friend. Read full book review >