Search Results: "Janice N. Harrington"


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BUSY-BUSY LITTLE CHICK by Janice N. Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Potential confusion aside, this well-told and beautifully illustrated offering makes a distinctive addition to folklore collections. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
Based on a fable of the Nkundo people of Central Africa, this compelling tale brings home the message that if you want something done right—or at all—sometimes you have to do it yourself. Read full book review >

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CATCHING A STORYFISH by Janice N. Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A gentle-spirited book about a black girl who almost gives up her gift but for love and friendship. (Verse novel. 8-12)"
Poet and storyteller Harrington offers a verse novel about a girl named Katharen, nicknamed Keet for the parakeetlike chattiness that her family loves, particularly her grandpa, an avid fisherman. Read full book review >

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THE CHICKEN-CHASING QUEEN OF LAMAR COUNTY by Janice N. Harrington
ANIMALS
Released: April 5, 2007

"Contented clucks all around. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Never has the expression, "feathers will fly" been as aptly illustrated as in this vivacious story of an African-American farm girl who loves nothing more than chasing chickens. Read full book review >

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ROBERTO WALKS HOME by Janice N. Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The brotherly reconciliation at the end aptly caps this more-or-less respectful return to Keats's timeless characters. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Based on characters created by Ezra Jack Keats"—whose name is the only one on the front cover and spine—this homage pairs a new urban tale with illustrations that draw on Keats's palette and collage style to create a similar look. Read full book review >

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GOING NORTH by Janice N. Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2004

"The impressionistic, color-rich paintings are as warm and expressive as the lyrical story, a nighttime view of the car's headlights and taillights cutting the midnight-blue darkness is as stunning as the full-bleed, double-page spread of big sky and cotton fields. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Any child who has ever faced the upheaval of a cross-country move will relate to this gorgeous, autobiographical picture-book poem about an African-American family that moves north from Alabama to Nebraska in 1964. Read full book review >

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NOSE TO TOES, YOU ARE YUMMY! by Tim Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"A nifty way to get preschoolers up and moving, made even more effective by the accompanying music (available for download from the publisher). (Picture book. 2-4)"
Indie rock musician and author/illustrator Harrington appropriately combines his musical and artistic skills in this creative take on such music and movement games as "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Read full book review >

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THIS LITTLE PIGGY by Tim Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"The shoe is on the other foot when these talented piggies get their due, so consider this for storytimes or households that need an extra kick. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The lead singer of the indie rock band Les Savy Fav takes some time to consider the secret lives of toes. Read full book review >

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SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY by Karen Harrington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Readers intrigued by the premise of this moving story will sympathize with the plucky protagonist and rejoice in the way her summer works out. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Worried that she will grow up to be crazy like her mother or alcoholic like her father, rising seventh-grader Sarah Nelson takes courage from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, writing letters to Atticus Finch and discovering her own strengths. Read full book review >

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SPEECHLESS by Hannah Harrington
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Timely and affecting. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
An absorbing drama about what happens when one of the popular girls becomes the target of her former friends' bullying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAVING JUNE by Hannah Harrington
ROMANCE
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Still, Harper's voice rings true, and readers looking for a mildly steamy romance (with more than a splash of alcohol, smoking and sex) won't be disappointed. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
It's clear from the start that high-school senior June, days away from graduation, is past saving, since 16-year-old Harper begins her account on the day of her sister's funeral. Read full book review >

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COLUMBO by William Harrington
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 1995

"Lots of action, gore, and sex in a fast-moving, well-crafted diversion that lacks the texture and tension of the author's legal thrillers."
The overriding question in Harrington's third Columbo saga (Columbo: The Helter Skelter Murders, 1994, etc.) is not who killed tawdry superstar Regina, drowned in her Beverly Hills swimming pool, but who is the old man living in her mansionthe one she slept with most nights and called Grandpa? Read full book review >

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Released: April 6, 2012

"Intriguing storylines, creatures and weapons, but the human component is lacking."
In Martin's debut fantasy tale, warring states wage bloody battles in a parallel universe. Read full book review >