Search Results: "Jane Simmons"


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BERYL by Jane Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, however, this is too grim to be a great read-aloud for her usual audience and too lacking in nuance to captivate older fantasy fans, so it's likely to have difficulty winning a wide readership. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
A brisk tale with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this features talking animals, unlikely coincidences, a breathless narrative style and a message about the value of diversity. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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THE DREAMTIME FAIRIES by Jane Simmons
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Just like a sprinkling of fairy dust, this magical adventure will sweep little ones off to slumber. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A young girl weaves an enchanted tale to soothe her younger brother to sleep. Read full book review >

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QUACK, DAISY, QUACK! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"And, as usual, her experience is sure to be in the repertory of nearly every adventuresome toddler and post toddler. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Impulsive everyduckling Daisy gets into and out of another pickle. Read full book review >

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EBB & FLO AND THE BABY SEAL by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"The third in the Ebb and Flo stories (Ebb and Flo and the New Friend, 1999, etc.), this is a delight to the eye and soul—and a welcome return of a charming character. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ebb dashes to the beach to find the source of an intriguing "wah wah" sound; there, she meets a lost but frisky baby seal, who unlike Mom and Flo, does not object to a romp on the beach in a downpour. Read full book review >

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DAISY AND THE EGG by Jane Simmons
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The artwork is equally open-hearted, capturing Daisy's wait through a succession of lovely paintings that have a variety of entertaining, quite striking perspectives. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Daisy, the duckling who learned a thing or two about paying attention in Come Along, Daisy! (1998), returns in a story of anticipation, persistence, and faith. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Edges are soft, the figures have button features, and Ebb and Bird are invested with rich personalities. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The sweet pun of the title is reflected in this understated but engaging tale from Simmons (Daisy and the Egg, p. 229, etc.). Read full book review >

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THREE by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The strongest of the series' three volumes, with a tense and harrowing climax. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
The third and final installment of the series that began with Article 5 (2012) ramps up the action as the extremist government cracks down on Ember Miller and her fellow resistance members. Read full book review >

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POOL BOY by Michael Simmons
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2003

"It's no mean feat, rendering a character who is both detestable and sympathetic; Simmons has done this, and hilariously so, his first time out. (Fiction. 12+)"
Brett Gerson has it tough: fabulously rich for 15 years, his life is capsized when his father is jailed for insider trading. Read full book review >

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VANDAL by Michael Simmons
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Simmons resists easy narrative outs, presenting both Will and readers with the full emotional complexity of a difficult relationship in fine, understated fashion. (Fiction. YA)"
Will has grown up with the shadow of his older brother's violence always looming. Read full book review >

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Stilettos to Pom-Poms by Sharon Simmons
Released: Feb. 25, 2013

"A conversational, uplifting narrative about attaining physical-fitness goals."
In this memoir, the author shows that age, personal fears or lack of experience doesn't have to derail a dream. Read full book review >

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WORLDS ENOUGH & TIME by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 4, 2002

"Like a book by Stephen King, whom Simmons references, this is an uneven if always readable collection highlighted by his charmingly chatty introductions to each story."
An easily absorbed, if none-too-challenging, batch of five long stories from the creator of the Hyperion series. Read full book review >