Search Results: "Jean Craighead George"


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GALÁPAGOS GEORGE by Jean Craighead George
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"A heartfelt if imperfect tribute to one George by another who will also be missed. (key terms, timeline, resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
The passing of Lonesome George, the last of the saddleback tortoises from the island of Pinta, provides the occasion to demonstrate how different species might descend from a common ancestor. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE’S RAVEN by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A remarkable intergenerational tale with the beautiful landscape of the Grand Teton Mountains as a backdrop. (Fiction. 9-13)"
George delivers another inspiring story in which nature plays a profound role in the life of a child. Read full book review >

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TREE CASTLE ISLAND by Jean Craighead George
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The ink sketches of flowers and scenery are an attractive addition. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Fourteen-year-old Jack has built his own canoe, and on a hot August dawn, he sets off for her maiden voyage in his beloved Okefenokee Swamp. Read full book review >

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SNOW BEAR by Jean Craighead George
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"While children will enjoy this romantic view of Bessie and the bear, those seeking a more realistic representation of life in this harsh environment will be unsatisfied. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In this sweetly sentimental story set in the frozen twilight of an Arctic spring, George (Morning, Noon, and Night, p. 699, etc.) tells of an Inuit girl who goes out to hunt. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 23, 1978

"Included are maps, reading lists, and a summary of biotic communities."
The ambitious hiker can set off from coast to coast (almost) on the North Country Trail from New York's Adirondacks to North Dakota, where it joins the route of Lewis and Clark. Read full book review >

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GOING TO THE SUN by Jean Craighead George
Released: April 1, 1976

"George's gushy, clichéd prose makes this read even worse than it sounds; it's clear that she derives more inspiration from Romulus and Remus than from Romeo and Juliet."
Though Jean George has always had her ups and downs, it's hard to believe that the author of Julie of the Wolves could produce this pulpy drivel. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1971

"The tone of the whole adventure is buoyant, and the ecological complexities that constitute its theme are so neatly reflected in the plot that the scientific search for Cock Robin's murderer has an edge-of-the-chair excitement."
The web of life is revealed in all its intricacy when Tony Isidoro, an eighth grader who has inherited the zoology project interrupted by his older brother's call to army service, works with the local mill owner's 12-year-old daughter, and later with his brother's zoologist friend from the college, to solve a murder that has baffled and grieved the town of Saddleboro. Read full book review >

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WATER SKY by Jean Craighead George
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1987

"Readers will be the richer for pondering them."
George, known for fine fiction with carefully researched natural history as a theme, won a Newbery for Julie of the Wolves; in this new story, also set in the far north, Lincoln Noah Stonewright, named at the request of his father's Eskimo mentor, Vincent, for the great protectors of men and of animals, comes from his Massachusetts home to Barrow to meet Vincent and find his beloved Uncle Jack, already in Alaska to save the bowhead whale from extinction. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 20, 1975

"And though no one can fault this author's ecology and woodspersonship, the fast-paced mystery plotting she gave a similar theme in Who Really Killed Cock Robin (KR, 1971) is absent from this more thinly populated and leisurely fish story."
Spinner Shafter—even her name is a reflection of her father's determination to raise a fisherman (though she herself would rather be a dancer)—astounds her relatives and wins the family trophy from Uncle Auggie by hooking a huge cutthroat trout, a variety thought to' have vanished from the area. Read full book review >

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HOLD ZERO by Jean Craighead George
Released: Sept. 16, 1966

"Over."
Craig Sutton and three of his equally enterprising young friends three-stage booster rocket in a small New York state town. Read full book review >

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THERE'S AN OWL IN THE SHOWER by Jean Craighead George
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"The book is edifying, if not particularly engrossing; David Klass's California Blue (1994) is aimed at older readers, but wraps similar themes in a stronger story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An out-of-work logger amazes his family by caring for a rare spotted owl chick in this informative, agenda-laden story. Read full book review >

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SHARK BENEATH THE REEF by Jean Craighead George
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 30, 1989

"Excellent writing; a fine portrait of a unique region; an involving, well-crafted story."
The true protagonist here is not 14-year-old Tomas—a Mexican boy who must decide whether to follow the family trade of fisherman or to stay in school, perhaps becoming a marine biologist—but his Baja California home, to which George brings her contagious enthusiasm as a naturalist. Read full book review >