Search Results: "Jennifer Armstrong"


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BLACK-EYED SUSAN by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The emotional hardships of pioneer life are made clear in a loving family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A pioneer girl who loves her South Dakota home tries to deal with her mother's wish for the trees of her Ohio childhood in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

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STEAL AWAY by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A distinctive tale of courage and sacrifice, with no glib lessons or easy resolutions but a memorable portrait of a soul for whom freedom is the greatest prize. (Fiction. 11-15)"
``My heart was going in sixteen different directions. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Extensive picture credits and a useful bibliography round out a handsome volume sure to be a fixture in Civil War collections. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Using photographs to document the Civil War was right up Mathew Brady's alley. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

Armstrong (Spirit of Endurance, 2000, etc.) gives the "Dear Mr. President" series a sturdy kickoff with this fictional correspondence between Teddy Roosevelt and a Polish teenager working in the Pennsylvania coal mines. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 8, 2004

"Minor, but you can occasionally dance to it. (Short stories. 10+)"
Alas, this collection does not sing. Read full book review >

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THE DREAMS OF MAIRHE MEHAN by Jennifer Armstrong
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"So is her story. (Fiction. 11+)"
In this haunting, eloquent story, the barriers between inner and outer vision dissolve as a young immigrant loses the men she holds dear during the Civil War. Read full book review >

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SHATTERED by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An outstanding collection important at any time. (Short stories. 10-14)"
Editor Armstrong (Theodore Roosevelt, p. 104, etc.) compiles a subtle and wrenching assortment of stories about war and its effects on children—particularly poignant in light of the events of September 11th. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"The black-and-white photos, taken mostly on glass plates by the expedition's photographer, Frank Hurley, survived along with the men and are of exceptional quality. (maps, not seen, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
PLB 0-517-80014-4 Armstrong (The Dreams of Mairhe Mehan, 1996, etc.) narrates the incredible survival saga of Ernest Shackleton, who with a crew of 27 attempted to cross the Antarctic continent in 1914, and ended up trapped in their ship in the ice pack for seven months. Read full book review >

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PIERRE'S DREAM by Jennifer Armstrong
Released: May 1, 1999

"Armstong (Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, 1999, etc.) is an adept storyteller and Gaber's pastoral illustrations have a mistiness that enhances the dreamy quality of this tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A wonderful tumble into a landscape in which dreams and real life overlap, turning the village fool into a masterful performer, and a mere nap into a circus gala. Read full book review >

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THE KEEPERS OF THE FLAME by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A mild excess of gratuitous violence, given the reading level, and too convoluted, but a page-turner nonetheless. (Science fiction. 10-13)"
In this post-apocalyptic sequel to The Kindling (p. 329), ten children—allegorically named, and allegorically flat—hit a roadblock in their search for President. Read full book review >

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THE KILN by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Suspense and resolution, but not much more. (Fiction. 11-13)"
An exciting if thin conclusion to the Fire-us trilogy. Read full book review >

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MAGNUS AT THE FIRE by Jennifer Armstrong
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Children, horse lovers or no, will long remember him. (afterword) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Shrugging off attempts to replace him with a motorized truck, an old fire horse breaks through fences whenever he hears the bell, and not only beats the newfangled engine to fires repeatedly, to the annoyance of the Captain, but comes through in the clutch when the machine breaks down. Read full book review >