Search Results: "Jeffrey A. Margolis"


BOOK REVIEW

A SONG FOR JEFFREY by Constance M. Foland
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"For sheer tear-jerking, this is not up to Lurlene McDaniel's formulaic novels, but it has rewarding moments. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a loving, occasionally sentimental story, Dodie is having a hard year: her parents are separated, and heading for divorce; her older brother, once a comrade, now finds her useless; her hopes for the school talent show are squashed by a disastrous tryout; and there is no one her age in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Although the rise in teen crime correlates with the decline of the family, there are no easy solutions and Margolis never delves very deep; this is a cursory overview of a complex problem. (b&w photos, not seen, charts, notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 11+)"
This thought-provoking book in the Issues in Focus series points out that juvenile crime has become a major American crisis: ``The number of juveniles arrested for homicide between 1983 and 1992 increased 128 percent, as opposed to the 9 percent increase among the adult population.'' Margolis explores the history of such crime in America, how the laws have changed over time, and how some communities are attempting to reduce crime and to rehabilitate juvenile delinquents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEFFREY STRANGEWAYS by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Murphy's adept pen drawings add a lot to the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Worst Witch (1974) tells a funny story about a medieval 11-year-old whose rescue of the local knight- errant is the result of slapstick-style good luck. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 2000

"Shallow and glib: Margolis's future will not only be better than we can imagine, but better than he can imagine."
A light and lively survey of dated visions of the future that show the futility of futuristic stargazing, followed by the author's upbeat presumptions for the coming century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TWINS JEFFREY AND JEANNE by Jeanne Baier
Released: June 9, 2011

"An effective, if visually undistinguished, tale with a straightforward message of reassurance for children affected by divorce."
A picture book offering the point of view of twins offers affirmation and comfort to young children of separated parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2004

"A smart piece of natural history that spills over into social, political, and scientific commentary."
In prose as bright as a song, entomologist Lockwood relates the brief but devastating 19th-century reign of the Rocky Mountain locust, his research into its mysterious disappearance, and its impact on American history and science. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A superficial look at the brave new world to come, enlightening primarily about research trends."
Bold predictions, mostly glowing, about the technological advances to come in medicine, complete with a time line from now to 2030. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEFFREY BEAR CLEANS UP HIS ACT by John Steptoe
Released: April 28, 1983

"The sanitation-man is a bore, the teacher is a horror—and if the lesson's supposed to be that kids can't do better, it's not much of one."
The idea behind that slangy title is pretty crude too—but in an almost prissy way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1994

"Cogent arguments crisply presented."
A clear warning that the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains means big trouble ahead, and a multifaceted plan of action for dealing with the problem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An enlightening postmortem on a consequential LBO, which vividly depicts its human and socioeconomic costs. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
A workmanlike account of the selling and salvaging of R.H. Macy's, an American retailing institution. Read full book review >