Search Results: "Jason Baskin"


BOOK REVIEW

ORDINARY DOGS, EXTRAORDINARY FRIENDSHIPS by Pam Flowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"A must-read—and reread—for all animal lovers. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Flowers (Alone Across the Arctic, 2011) is a sled-dog musher in Alaska. Her attachment to her loyal and hardworking dogs is unmistakable. Read full book review >

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PAINT ME A MONSTER by Janie Baskin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"Readers will fall in love with Rinnie; Baskin has crafted a beautiful story about the complexities of family, self-respect and human connection. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Baskin's first novel spans 13 years in the life of an artistic girl torn between perfection and loving herself as she is. Read full book review >

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DID YOU SAY GHOSTS? by Richard Michelson
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Some are done up in ways that are almost comically crude, which, together with Michelson's teasing tone, gives young readers the option of laughing or shivering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
An anything-but-soothing bedtime rhyme for two voices: ``Everything will be all right./There aren't any ghosts in sight...'' ``GHOSTS! Read full book review >

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RUBY ON THE OUTSIDE by Nora Raleigh Baskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"A deeply compassionate exploration of an experience underrepresented in children's literature but overrepresented in the real world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Having a mom in prison presents Ruby with complications and challenges. Read full book review >

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SURFACING by Nora Raleigh Baskin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 12, 2013

"At once frustrating and deeply moving, this ambitious novel comes tantalizingly close to getting it right. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
When Leah was 9 and Maggie 5, the sisters made a forbidden trip to the condo pool, where Leah drowned. Now 15 and a swim-team star, Maggie interprets her world, her worth and her choices through the prism of that loss. Read full book review >

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IN THE COMPANY OF CRAZIES by Nora Raleigh Baskin
FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"But the source of her troubled behavior, a discontent with parental expectations, remains tenuous. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Mia Singer (13) is having a bad year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Readers might want more about the games, but those who play on sports teams will recognize these characters and be rooting for them. (Fiction 10-12)"
Sixth-graders Hank, Nathan, Jeremy, and Anabel form a lasting friendship over the course of the North Bridge Sixth Grade Travel Basketball season, the setting for this school sports story. Read full book review >

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NINE, TEN by Nora Raleigh Baskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2016

"Tense, disturbing, and thought-provoking. (author's note, acknowledgements) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Four children of diverse ethnicities, unknown to one another, are at Chicago's O'Hare airport on Sept. 9, 2001. Read full book review >

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THE TRUTH ABOUT MY BAT MITZVAH by Nora Raleigh Baskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2008

"Despite the interpretation that one's concept of religious identity is personal, this is disappointing in its final message. (Fiction. 10-13)"
When her Nana dies and bequeaths her a Jewish-star necklace, 12-year-old Caroline enters a period of self-reflection with some confused ideas about what her Jewish identity signifies. Read full book review >

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WHAT EVERY GIRL (EXCEPT ME) KNOWS by Nora Raleigh Baskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"The sympathetic protagonist has reality and dimension, and readers should be squarely in her corner as she goes through the difficult process of becoming a young woman. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this unusual, deeply felt story about a motherless girl, 12-year-old Gabby lives with her painter father and older brother, Ian. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS THAT OUGHT TO BE by Richard Michelson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Each clever poem is accompanied by watercolor interpretations that swing from a gargoyle effect to faunal mug shots. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A collection of 14 jaunty poems about unusual pets, for ``sometimes when I lie in bed/fantastic creatures fill my head./Animals you never see./Animals that ought to be.'' Michelson and Baskin (the team behind Did You Say Ghosts?, 1993) introduce readers to the Nightnoise Gladiator, who fends off things that go bump in the night; the I'm-All-Ears, to eavesdrop on and pass along conversations normally out of earshot; the Talkback Bat, who says everything children would if they weren't sure they'd be punished. Read full book review >

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ALMOST HOME by Nora Raleigh Baskin
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Heart-wrenching, bittersweet, and genuine to the very end. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Sixth-grader Leah Baer knows immediately that something is wrong when her psychologist father, who has trouble expressing himself, picks her up from summer camp. Read full book review >