Search Results: "Jean Van Leeuwen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MISSING PIECES OF ME by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"This tightly written chapter book has just the right amount of pathos for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Hurt by her overworked mother's insistence that she's a bad girl, 10-year-old Weezie tries her best to prove her wrong. Read full book review >

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BLUE SKY, BUTTERFLY by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Face it she does; the author never whitewashes any of this family's pain but leavens the story with touches of humor and rounds it out with a realistically upbeat ending. (Fiction. 9- 12)"
Twig, 11, tries to remove any vestige of her father from her life after her parents separate. Read full book review >

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HANNAH'S HELPING HANDS by Jean Van Leeuwen
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It's a fiery, realistic finish, but it will be the day-to-day details and how-to of colonial life that will keep readers intrigued. (b&w illustrations, not seen, map) (Fiction. 7-10)"
From Van Leeuwen (Hannah of Fairfield, p. 73, etc.), a second heartwarming portrait of a colonial girl and her family struggling to meet the challenges of pioneer life during the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

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HANNAH OF FAIRFIELD by Jean Van Leeuwen
Released: April 1, 1999

"Her story—especially the details that are usually relegated to sidebars and laundry lists in history books—will entertain and inspire anyone who is interested in the past. (b&w illustrations, not seen, map) (Fiction. 7-10)"
By 1776 the British army had taken control of two key areas, New York City and Long Island Sound. Read full book review >

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LUCY WAS THERE... by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The story's a sad but life-affirming one, and Morgan's a realistically drawn preteen with whom readers will identify. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Noted author Van Leeuwen ("Wait for Me!" Read full book review >

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CABIN ON TROUBLE CREEK by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"It works as both a solid historical novel and as an exciting survival tale. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Trouble Creek was the site of a massacre ten years before. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1999

"Ventura's highly realistic artwork makes grand gestures toward the dramatic, but artfully remains true to the story line. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Blue Dog is one in a menagerie of toy farm animals in the collection of Big Billy, a gentle boy much taken with his cows and hens and horses. Read full book review >

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PAPA AND THE PIONEER QUILT by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Soft-edged acrylic illustrations convey a gentle perspective of the difficulties with the warm palette reflecting the courageous spirit of the pioneer family. (author's note) (Picture book/historical fiction. 5-8)"
Rebecca's Papa has wandering feet. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING AIR BALLOON by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"Van Leeuwen brings him brilliantly back to life. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Based on a true story, Van Leeuwen's (Lucy Was There . . . , 2002, etc.) latest effort imagines the experience of 13-year-old Edward Warren, the sole passenger aboard America's first manned hot-air balloon, launched in 1784, a year after the Montgolfier brothers flew their balloon in France. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT GOOGLESTEIN MUSEUM MYSTERY by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"A whisker-tingling adventure. (Fiction. 7-11)"
A trio of mice living in a dollhouse in a New York City department store decides to hitch a ride in a shopping bag in search of an adventure. Read full book review >

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THE TICKLE STORIES by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Whyte catches the specifics and the sensibility in her sharp watercolors that exaggerate the details but keep the emotions true. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Van Leeuwen's bedtime book will probably keep kids wide awake, particularly if readers follow the example set by Grandpop. Read full book review >

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OLIVER AND ALBERT, FRIENDS FOREVER by Jean Van Leeuwen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A rewarding choice for new readers, with a gentle lesson about accepting help from a friend. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Oliver Pig and his little sister, Amanda, have been staples of the easy-reader shelves for over a decade, with simple but satisfying stories in school and family settings. Read full book review >