Search Results: "Jo Becker"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 2014

"First-rate reporting informs this thrilling narrative of hope."
A New York Times reporter delivers a gripping narrative about the recent court battles involving California's Proposition 8 (which outlawed gay marriage) and the Defense of Marriage Act. Read full book review >

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THE STELLOW PROJECT by Shari Becker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"Rough spots in the plotting drag down picture-book author Becker's debut for teens. (Thriller. 12-16)"
A pair of teenagers uncovers familial secrets after environmental terrorists wreak havoc on New York City. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"A manual of room arrangement and garden design combined with a view of a now-extinct lifestyle where newspapers were ironed for weekend guests that should capture students of design and history. (16 pages color photos, 150 b&w photos, not seen)"
Romantic family history meets interior design and gardening in this life of Virginia-born Nancy Lancaster, who gets credit here for creating the English Country style—homey chintz in baronial spaces. Read full book review >

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QUEST by Aaron Becker
Kirkus Star
by Aaron Becker, illustrated by Aaron Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Breathtaking in scope, consider this a wordless testament to the power of not just imagination, but art itself; picture books rarely feel this epic. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the coattails of Journey (2013), Becker gleefully expands and details his award-winning fantasyland, growing even more ambitious with his storytelling. Read full book review >

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THE BIG GREEN BOOK OF THE BIG BLUE SEA by Helaine Becker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The sheer breadth of information presented here and its appealing format make this an invaluable resource, especially when accompanied by a knowledgeable adult to guide and correct. (table of contents, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Bite-sized pieces of information and hands-on explorations teach readers all about the sea, from its composition and currents to its problems and energy potential. Read full book review >

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MUGAMBI’S JOURNEY by John Becker
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Eleven simple 'Cheetah Facts' conclude this effort; many more engaging treatments are available. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Mother cheetah has decided that she and her cubs, Mugambi, Magara, and Mugesi, must leave their den; threatening lions approach, their warning scent carried to the cheetahs on a stormy breeze. Read full book review >

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HOLBROOK by Bonny Becker
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"The message that creativity should be valued and nourished is a worthy one, but given the utter lack of child appeal, it's unlikely many readers will get that message here. (Fiction. 8-10)"
An earnest message is weighed down by a predictable plot and flat characterization. Read full book review >

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THE EQUALS by Daniel Sweren-Becker
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Flat characters and stilted prose make this another one to skip. (Thriller. 12-16)"
The sequel to The Ones (2016) offers more of the same. Read full book review >

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THE BOXER by Jurek Becker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Early experimentation by a gifted German voice."
Recent translation of a 1976 semi-fantastic novel by the late Becker (Jakob the Liar, 1996, etc.), a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who opted to stay in Germany after WWII. Read full book review >