Search Results: "Jeff Shelly"


BOOK REVIEW

A PLUMP AND PERKY TURKEY by Teresa Bateman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Good for a few giggles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
The leaves have changed, Thanksgiving nears—and the canny turkeys of Squawk Valley have decamped, leaving local residents to face the prospect of a birdless holiday. Read full book review >

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WEBSITE OF THE WARPED WIZARD by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Steering clear of both jargon and explicit gore, Kimmel dishes up a fast-paced caper that even clueless adults will enjoy. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Two young computer gamers experience some all-too-realistic on-line effects in this irreverent series opener. Read full book review >

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HUBERT INVENTS THE WHEEL by Claire Montgomery
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"However, there are enough laughs and action to keep readers reading, and Shelly's cartoon illustrations are an asset. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifteen-year-old Mesopotamian Hubert will never be the Hauler his father hopes he will. Read full book review >

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RACHEL'S SECRET by Shelly Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2012

"Critical for its underexplored subject. (historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
This novelization of the 1903 Kishinev pogrom graphically describes the carnage as Christian Russians slaughter their Jewish fellow townspeople. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A well-documented, brave, and useful overview."
A journey through the Middle East in the post-Arab Spring landscape. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Shelly Stratton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2017

"A touching, nuanced, adult coming-of-age novel that includes an interracial romance and keen studies of guilt, bias, and small-town America."
When a Washington, D.C., executive hears her grandfather has disappeared in South Dakota, she hops on a plane, risking her relationship and her job, only to discover it was a ruse—but now he's disappeared for real. Read full book review >

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WEEPING by Shelly Reuben
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2004

"Reuben (Spent Matches, 1996, etc.) writes unevenly, and there's scant mystery, but the tale catches fire whenever Ike and Tilly launch into one of their animated discussions of forensic evidence."
A rookie arson investigator gets a chance to work with her idol in probing a suspicious fire that killed a promising young actress. Read full book review >

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TO LOVE & BETRAY  by Shelly Ellis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"An interesting melodramatic setup is undermined by the characters' disappointing and head-scratching choices."
When a wealthy African-American businessman is accused of trying to kill his troublemaking half brother, it throws his family off balance as they try to prove his innocence and save their company. Read full book review >

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I Lost My Child To Cancer by Shelly Dubois
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2016

"A painful, uplifting, and beautiful meditation on loss and recovery."
A mother discusses the loss of her daughter to cancer and her own emotional healing in the aftermath. Read full book review >

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RACHEL'S HOPE by Shelly Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Alas, not tight enough to resonate deeply. (historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Rachel Paskar, now 16 in 1905 San Francisco, begins life anew, a refugee with her older sister, brother-in-law, and Menahem, a young boy with whom they escaped from the 1903 Kishinev, Russia, pogrom (Rachel's Secret, 2012). Read full book review >

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THE DISASTER OF THE HINDENBURG by Shelly Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Glossary; reading list. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Almost as long as the Eiffel Tower is tall, the Hindenburg would have dwarfed today's 747's; it offered majestic, rapid, very comfortable Atlantic crossings and traveled (with its sister airship the Graf Zeppelin) over two million miles before its fiery demise. Read full book review >