Search Results: "Joan Slonczewski"


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THE CHILDREN STAR by Joan Slonczewski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 10, 1998

"Greg Bear or Michael Kanaly) very hard to swallow."
Another tale set in Slonczewski's distinctive far-future universe, the action here taking place some two centuries after that of Daughter of Elysium (1993). Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF ELYSIUM by Joan Slonczewski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A marvelous array of cultures presented in astonishing depth: an enormously impressive achievement, despite Slonczewski's inability to dramatize events rather than simply report them."
A fistful of cultural conflicts centered on the ocean-covered planet Shora, where a thousand years have passed since the actions described in Slonczewski's hardcover debut novel, A Door Into Ocean (1986). Read full book review >

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THE HIGHEST FRONTIER  by Joan Slonczewski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Jennifer's story feels unfinished; readers will certainly hope to follow her through to graduation."
An accomplished science-fiction writer and biology professor at a small liberal arts college draws on all her professional experience to portray a young woman's freshman year in space. Read full book review >

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BRAIN PLAGUE by Joan Slonczewski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"But push that difficulty to the side, and Slonczewski's fascinating, flawlessly developed, meticulously detailed scenario makes it easy to suspend disbelief."
You're playing Sim City; your sims, however, are bacteria-sized, intelligent individuals—and they're not in your computer, but physically inside your head! Read full book review >

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AT HOME IN A NEW LAND by Joan Sandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"For young history students and children wishing to learn more about Swedish immigration. (author note, glossary) (Fiction. 4-8)"
Sandin presents her third slice of Swedish-American history in the venerable I Can Read series. Read full book review >

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WOW! IT'S GREAT BEING A DUCK by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The various font sizes are so aggressively manipulated that they mitigate any potential momentum. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A cumulative tale from Rankin (Scaredy Cat, 1996, etc.), as much about the choice of typeface as it is a story, falls short despite its elegant, finely detailed artwork. Read full book review >

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MILES AWAY FROM HOME by Joan Cottle
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Comical watercolors follow the story, the best being Miles doing the limbo, arms splayed and head thrown back, at a beach party thrown in his honor after his resurrection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
It happens often enough: Your best intentions are misinterpreted, or go awry, and you get nothing but grief for your trouble, nothing but trouble for your acts of kindness. Read full book review >

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COYOTE SCHOOL NEWS by Joan Sandin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"161;Muy Hermosa!' (glossary of Spanish words with pronunciations, maps, author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
There's a delightful authenticity to this fictional account of the events of 1938 in a one-room school in the ranch country of southern Arizona. Read full book review >

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FIRST DAY by Joan Rankin
by Joan Rankin, illustrated by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Irresistible. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The first day of school is always a difficult transition for both parent and child and Haybillybun and his mother are no exception. Read full book review >

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SCAREDY CAT by Joan Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

``I don't like GIANTS,'' reports a small quivering kitten, but Mama Meow reassures her child that this particular giant is their kindly owner, Auntie B. The narrator also dislikes crocodiles (``Auntie B.'s shoes'') and the dark forest that is really the four hairy legs of Auntie B.'s dog, Scratchpooch. Read full book review >

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ALMOST HOME by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"Sugar, with her natural gift for rubbing down imperfections, will win readers' hearts. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Through months of homelessness and her mother's breakdown, sixth-grader Sugar Mae Cole and her puppy, Shush, demonstrate what it means to be sweet. Read full book review >

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QUESTORS by Joan Lennon
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Fans of Philip Reeve's Larklight (2006) and Angie Sage's Septimus Heap trilogy will enjoy these quests. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The rule of threes reigns in this solidly crafted slipstream novel that incorporates fantasy tropes with science-fiction concepts. Read full book review >