Search Results: "Joan Hiatt Harlow"


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MIDNIGHT RIDER by Joan Hiatt Harlow
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"What should be exciting history in this overlong narrative is harmed by weak characterization, expository information pedantically inserted into conversations, an improbable plot and an overall feeling of superficiality. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
On the eve of the first battles of the American Revolution (1774-75), orphaned Hannah Andrews's cruel aunt, Phoebe, indentures the 14-year-old to General Thomas Gage, the British colonial governor in Boston. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS ON THE SEA by Joan Hiatt Harlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Physical descriptions replete with references to 'honey-colored hair' and 'amber eyes' and a thoroughly tin ear for regional dialect complete the package, which ends up being a sort of mix between Nancy Drew and Murder, She Wrote. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
A clunky thriller based on a landing of Nazi spies in Maine during WWII seems bent more on instruction than on thrills. Read full book review >

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BLOWN AWAY! by Joan Hiatt Harlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2007

"Like the author's popular Star of the Storm (2000), this first-person narrative laden with dialogue features an exceptional animal—in this case, a mule—that acts heroically to save young lives. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Set in 1935 in the Florida Keys, the first part of this episodic historical novel is low key—almost flat at times—and old-fashioned. Read full book review >

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THE WATCHER by Joan Hiatt Harlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A stimulating blend of suspense and history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
As World War II rages, a naïve almost-15-year-old American girl is brought to Berlin by her German spy mother; there, she's expected to be a perfect Deutsches Mädchen (German girl) and a loyal Nazi. Read full book review >

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BREAKER BOY by Joan Hiatt Harlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Acceptable but far from groundbreaking. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
A breaker boy in the Pennsylvania mines learns to overcome his fears. Read full book review >

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SECRET OF THE NIGHT PONIES by Joan Hiatt Harlow
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 20, 2009

"If the author had concentrated on the resettlement program, in which actual houses were floated to new locations, she might have ended up with a good story. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
For 13-year-old Jessie Wheller, life on a Newfoundland farm provides nonstop excitement. Read full book review >

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BLOWN AWAY! by Joan Hiatt Harlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2007

"Like the author's popular Star of the Storm (2000), this first-person narrative laden with dialogue features an exceptional animal—in this case, a mule—that acts heroically to save young lives. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Set in 1935 in the Florida Keys, the first part of this episodic historical novel is low key—almost flat at times—and old-fashioned. Read full book review >

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STAR IN THE STORM by Joan Hiatt Harlow
Released: March 1, 2000

"Titanic, as well as Newfoundlander language and customs, facts about the dogs, and details of the island, known as 'the Beautiful Rock.' (map) (Fiction. 9-12)"
A dog story in the best tradition of the genre: he's enormous, under threat, and will prove himself a hero. Read full book review >

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FIRESTORM! by Joan Hiatt Harlow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"As in Secret of the Night Ponies (2009), the author takes an interesting point of history and wastes it entirely. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In the Chicago of 1871, 12-year-old Poppy lives in the literal underworld—one of the old buildings left to rot beneath the now-elevated town. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2007

"A short but compelling work in praise of its subject."
Veteran biographer Spoto (Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, 2006, etc.) takes a fresh look at the much-analyzed Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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"An engrossing religious and historical account that would make a valuable companion to a high school history unit on Joan of Arc."
Debut YA that fictionalizes the life of Joan of Arc. Read full book review >

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JOAN MITCHELL by Patricia Albers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2011

"A revealing portrait of a complex personality, this biography provides insight into the work of a master artist, but is perhaps too detailed to appeal to casual readers."
Independent curator Albers (Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti, 2002) presents a sizable biography of Joan Mitchell (1925-1992), a member of the New York School of Abstract Expressionist painters who changed the face of the art world in the 1950s. Read full book review >