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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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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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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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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HISTORY
Released: Aug. 22, 2006

"Young history buffs will enjoy dipping into this fine collection, and parents and teachers will find it an invaluable resource. (introduction, index) (Nonfiction. 7+)"
Armstrong approaches history as a storyteller, and each of these stories is a gem of clear and concise writing. Read full book review >