Search Results: "Jill Rubalcaba"


BOOK REVIEW

SAINT VITUS' DANCE by Jill Rubalcaba
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"An author's note comments on the disease. (Fiction. 9-14)"
This short novel tracks the emotions of a teenager witnessing her mother's decline into terminal illness. Read full book review >

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I.M. PEI:  ARCHITECT OF TIME, PLACE, AND PURPOSE by Jill Rubalcaba
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An exquisite package, much like one of Pei's buildings. (timeline, bibliography, source notes, index, suggestions for further reading, listings of building projects, awards) (Nonfiction. 12 & up) "
This lively blend of narrative and detailed design is a perfect way to introduce the architectural vision of I.M. Pei to young readers. Read full book review >

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A PLACE IN THE SUN by Jill Rubalcaba
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1997

"Rubalcaba compensates, at least partly, for the sketchy, conventional plot with a protagonist who is both clever and genuinely childlike, along with plenty of carefully articulated details of ancient Egyptian life. (map, not seen, glossary) (Fiction. 9-11)"
The fortunes of a stonecutter's son take drastic turns in this novella from Rubalcaba (Saint Vitus' Dance, 1996), set 3,300 years ago in the Egypt of Ramses II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Infrequent color photographs add information. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
This ambitious exploration of archaeology approaches the popular subject through four important discoveries of hominin skeletons in the past 30 years. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Given the source material, it should be better. (bibliography, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
This useful but uneven volume summarizes the legend of the Trojan War, then describes the archaeological excavations at Hisarlik, the Turkish site believed to have been Troy. Read full book review >

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ALL FOR ONE by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Astutely conveying a vital life lesson with aplomb while avoiding any treacly sentimentalism, this is definitely to be shared with any child navigating the rocky waters of peer relations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Murphy's lovable little monster, Marlon (The Last Noo-Noo, 1995) returns in a heartfelt and ultimately triumphant tale about being excluded. Read full book review >

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MAD ABOUT PLAID by Jill McElmurry
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2000

"The artwork is jazzy and two-dimensional, with, of course, the emphasis on color, as a book about plaid really ought to do. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Newcomer McElmurry offers a madcap romp with a plaid that spreads like the flu. Read full book review >

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BARNYARD BIG TOP by Jill Kastner
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Great fun. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It's just another day on the farm for Ben and his pig, Clarence, until Uncle Julius arrives with his Two-Ring Extravaganza. Read full book review >

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ALL THAT GLITTERS by Jill Santopolo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Not just for lemonade-stand owners. (Fiction. 7-10)"
This amusing chapter-book series opener follows two grade school sisters as they start their own donations-powered nail salon. Read full book review >

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IMPOSTOR by Jill Hathaway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 26, 2013

"Hits the right buttons for mystery and paranormal lovers. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)"
In this sequel to 2012's Slide, Vee suspects that someone is sliding into her own mind, instead of the other way around. Read full book review >

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NIX MINUS ONE by Jill MacLean
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2013

"Well-crafted and intense, an engrossing family drama in which both young and old learn what it means to grow up. (Verse novel. 12 & up)"
Writing in free verse from the perspective of 15-year-old Nixon "Nix" Humboldt, acclaimed Canadian author MacLean (Home Truths, 2010, etc.) presents an intriguing coming-of-age story set in rural Newfoundland and centered on the love-hate relationship between siblings. Read full book review >

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OVER IN THE MEADOW by Jill McDonald
adapted and illustrated by Jill McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Visually stunning if not always totally successful. (Picture book. 2-6)"
The animals, counting theme and catchy tune make this song a perennial favorite with readers and creators alike, but the illustrations are what make any version stand out from the crowd—and this one does. Read full book review >