Search Results: "Jimmy Creech"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"An inspirational example of unbiased humanitarianism."
The belief system of a lifelong Methodist minister is challenged by the sudden desertion of a gay parishioner. Read full book review >

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HEARTBEAT by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Still, Annie leaves an impression of a cherished, familiar friend. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Creech's brief, light, gracefully constructed portrait of Annie, who loves running and who never seems to miss a step, is readable and appealing in poetry form. Read full book review >

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CHASING REDBIRD by Sharon Creech
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1997

"A bundle of contradictions, Zinny is at her prickly, individualistic best when fending off the overtures of 16-year-old Jake Boone, whom she (mistakenly) suspects of using her to get to her older sister. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A teenager lost in the maelstrom of her large Virginia- mountain family devises a personal walkabout when she takes on the project of single-handedly rehabilitating a 20-mile-long wilderness trail. Read full book review >

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THE BOY ON THE PORCH by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A graceful, profound story for all ages that speaks well beyond its intended audience. (Fiction. 8 & up)"
In a book world crowded with overwrought shock-fluff stories, this quiet novel sings. Read full book review >

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THE UNFINISHED ANGEL by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Brimful of grace and cheer; moving, funny and sweet—and begging to be read aloud. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A small village in Switzerland's Italian-speaking region of Ticino provides the perfect background for this endearing contemporary fable, told in 44 brief, often comical chapters. Read full book review >

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REPLAY by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"By the end, Leo knows life can't be scripted, that he wouldn't want it to be, that 'dorky, little nobody kids' (not that he is one) can become 'amazing grown-ups' and that improvisation is key. (complete script of the school play) (Fiction. 8-12)"
One of four children in a large, chaotic Italian-American family, 12-year-old Leo is nicknamed "sardine" because he once said he felt squished like one, and occasionally "fog boy" because he slips into thoughtful trances where he "replays" life's disappointing scenarios. Read full book review >

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MUSIC AND CRIME by J.R. Creech
Released: April 3, 1989

A minor-key first novel set in L.A.'s jazz world that's as brassy and self-consciously hip as the tunes its hero blows on his saxophone. Read full book review >

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THE WHOLE WAY HOME by Sarah Creech
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"Although the rags-to-riches premise feels overdone, the novel's realism and its portrayal of the conflicts in country music make it engaging from start to finish."
The dreams of up-and-coming country musicians clash with the reality of the industry in the latest novel by Creech (Season of the Dragonflies, 2014). Read full book review >

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SKELLY & FEMUR by Jimmy Pickering
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Kids may enjoy the baroque illustrations of this peculiar undead family, but they're unlikely to ask for it more than once. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Skelly the skeleton girl, of the eponymous 2007 book, has lost her buttons. Read full book review >

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HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Teachers will welcome both Jack's poems and Creech's embedded writing lessons. (appendix, bibliography) (Fiction/poetry. 9-12)"
Newbery Medalist Creech continues the story of budding poet Jack in this sequel that, as is often the case with sequels, never quite captures the magic of the initial volume, 2001's Love That Dog. Read full book review >

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RUBY HOLLER by Sharon Creech
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Still: an altogether engaging outing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The trouble twins, Dallas and Florida, are given the opportunity to take a three-month vacation from the horrible orphanage that has been home. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Tightly written, nary a word out of place, by turns sarcastic, tender, and irreverent, this a real piece of comedy about contemporary teen life from one funny writer. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Creech's first children's novel, published in England but never before in the US, will quickly make its way into the hands of readers who loved Walk Two Moons (1994). Read full book review >