Search Results: "Joan M. Maredyth"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 10, 2012

"Well-developed, moving book about the importance of caring for people and animals."
Five pit bull puppies seek new friends and new homes in the Sonoran desert of Arizona. Read full book review >

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BEFORE THE FALL by Joan M Zoglman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"An absorbing, expertly crafted novel highly recommended for anyone who enjoys a passionate love story."
In Zoglman's debut novel, a young woman reluctantly returns to her small Indiana hometown to clean out her dead parents' farmhouse only to find herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with the man who broke her heart 13 years earlier. Read full book review >

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RUNS WITH COURAGE by Joan M. Wolf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"This quiet story about a tragic and shameful episode in American history may not be compelling enough to attract those who are not die-hard fans of the genre. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In the Dakota Territory of the 1880s, 9-year-old Four Winds struggles to find her way after being abruptly taken from her family and coerced into attending an Indian boarding school. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE NAMED EVA by Joan M. Wolf
ADVENTURE
Released: July 16, 2007

"An important addition to the Holocaust curriculum. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Nazis came to Milada's village in Czechoslovakia and tore families apart. Read full book review >

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ARMY SURVEILLANCE IN AMERICA, 1775-1980 by Joan M. Jensen
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"Still, the author capably reveals the conflict between politics, security, and policy."
A dense and well-detailed history of army surveillance that throws light on a shadowed aspect of our past. Read full book review >

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LEGACIES by Joan M. Erikson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"Precious notions too slight and casual to carry us along."
A rambling and, ultimately, rather pointless retelling of ancient heroic tales, by a psychologist and author (Wisdom and the Senses, 1988, etc.) who tries without much success to connect the narratives to the daily realities of modern life. ``Myths are the prehistory of mankind,'' according to Erikson, who here traces our moral and psychic ancestry back to the sagas of the Greeks. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROCODILE AND HEN by Joan M. Lexau
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 2001

"Thoughtful teachers and parents might use this book to spark a discussion of tolerance and harmony among diverse groups or even to introduce the principles of nonviolent resistance and worldwide brother- and sisterhood. (author's note) (Easy reader/folktale. 5-8)"
Crocodile thinks Hen would make a mighty tasty chicken dinner, until Hen stops him with his jaws agape with a simple, powerful statement: "My brother, don't eat me." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLOSED IN SILENCE by Joan M. Drury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not so much a whodunit, then, as a what-if-she-did-do-it, with the mystery used to dramatize debates whose outcome is never in doubt."
Twenty years after their college graduation, six women meet on a tiny island in Puget Sound for an informal reunion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROUBLE WILL FIND YOU by Joan M. Lexau
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Accompanied by amiably realistic b&w illustrations, a cheerful, quick read for the easy chapter-book shelf. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A breezy little story about a boy who wants a dog, but whose parents don't believe he's responsible enough to have one. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE CAT AND THE GREEDY OLD WOMAN by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"There's always room on the shelf for a smart, humorous swipe at one of the grand old vices. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A hungry kitten meows for food and would like a small taste of the special meal the greedy old woman is preparing. Read full book review >

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INSIDE-OUT GRANDMA by Joan Rothenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A book as welcome as a platter of freshly fried latkes—happily, a recipe is included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A fresh, wry Hanukkah story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"A beautiful addition to larger bird or Pacific Coast collections. (sources, websites) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A marbled murrelet chick's early life is surprising. Read full book review >