Search Results: "JoEllen McAllister Stammen"


BOOK REVIEW

WILD FOX by Cherie Mason
ANIMALS
Released: July 5, 1993

"Handsome and appealing. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
A journalist/wildlife advocate who lives on Maine's Deer Isle recounts her friendship with a three-legged fox. Read full book review >

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JUBELA by Cristina Kessler
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though author and illustrator steer clear of anthropomorphism ('Jubela' is the name given the young rhino by game park rangers), the parent-child attachment, and the anxiety of facing a wide world without adult protection, comes through clearly. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Based on a true incident, this tale of an orphaned baby rhinoceros that beats the odds by surviving will not only move readers, but also will serve as a heads-up that poaching has brought rhinos to the edge of extinction. Read full book review >

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IF YOU WERE BORN A KITTEN by Marion Dane Bauer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A perfect bedtime book, this also provides some simple answers to those first questions on reproduction. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Aspects of the birth process of a variety of animals are described in an inventive, often poetic text. Read full book review >

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CROCODILE LISTENS by April Pulley Sayre
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"By refusing to sentimentalize the mother crocodile's role, the author and illustrator encourage readers to see beyond stereotypes and look at the natural world with a more balanced eye. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-7)"
Natural history for the younger set manages to be playful without being precious. Read full book review >

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A SNOW STORY by Melvin J. Leavitt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A fine companion to Bliss's Matthew's Meadow (1992) and other stories about communicating with the natural world. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The lyrical story of an introspective farm boy who writes poetry in a wordless language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAN IN LOVE by Eve Bunting
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2000

"While this is an agreeable story, it's not entirely successful, never quite becoming the magical tale it strives to be and of questionable interest to children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bunting (A Picnic in October, 1999, etc.) pens a sweet story about a swan in love with the wooden swan figurehead on a little boat. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL ADVENTURES OF INDIA MCALLISTER by Charlotte Agell
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2010

"Enjoyable, engaging and emotionally resonant. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Growing up in small-town Maine, fourth grader India McAllister plans to have real adventures someday, but, for the present, daily life provides some accidental ones. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE OF SIR COB AND SIR FILBERT by Angela McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"An acceptable additional title on a perennially knotty theme. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The peace message reduced to essentials: each envying the other his castle, two knights do battle till there are ``only cows where their castles had been,'' then decide to settle down as friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REALLY PROFESSIONAL INTERNET PERSON by Jenn McAllister
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A vanity project that's for fans only. (Memoir. 13-17)"
A popular YouTuber releases her memoir. Read full book review >

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HOLD MY HAND AND RUN by Margaret McAllister
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"There's enough historical detail to place the tale firmly in a far-away, but compelling past, and the adventure will attract readers who enjoy stories of resourceful girls who triumph over adversity. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Kazy finds her aunt Latimer's beatings harsh indeed, but what she cannot abide is when the victim is her small stepsister, Beth. Read full book review >

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SCRATCH by Troon McAllister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"McAllister aims frequently for high-impact wackiness but generally achieves a lukewarm silliness."
There are precious few ways to make golf interesting to read about, much less funny, as the pseudonymous McAllister (a.k.a. Lee Gruenfeld) makes abundantly clear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"An amusing but troubling study of manhood, offering scant hope for improvement."
A paleoanthropologist offers a wry, dispiriting perspective on modern man. Read full book review >