Search Results: "Joan Steinau Lester"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMA'S CHILD by Joan Steinau Lester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2013

"No matter a person's ethnic or cultural background, this book is relatable."
Lester's (Black, White, Other, 2011, etc.) poignant narrative probes the relationship between a mother and her biracial daughter. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Papering over messy but fundamental issues, this well-intentioned, Christian-infused debut—though competently written—achieves its cheerful resolution at the expense of credibility. (glossary, bibliography) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
After her black dad and white mom separate, Nina Armstrong, 15, explores her mixed-race identity. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A well-framed memoir, satisfyingly candid while also abrim with political theory: a filigreed work that maps Norton's evolution as an advocate for human rights."
Just when you're ready to pack up the House of Representatives and ship them to Bazookastan, along comes a reminder that some among them actually strive for social justice—such as that rare bird Eleanor Holmes Norton. Read full book review >

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RUNNING WITH THE HORSES by Alison Lester
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Very well done indeed. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Aussie Lester crafts a believable wartime adventure loosely based on the World War II rescue of the Lipizzaner stallions of Vienna's Spanish Riding School. Read full book review >

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TESSA SNAPS SNAKES by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A concept book that is as entertaining as it is instructive. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The seven kids in Rosie Sips Spiders (1989) are back, each behaving in his or her unique way: different things make them laugh; they have seven secrets and seven fears, and each has a special way to earn pocket money and to send messages. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"An engaging personal growth 'script,' casting the reader as a questing hero."
Two Canadian leadership coaches map out a process to cultivate inner awareness and outer effectiveness in this personal/professional development guide. Read full book review >

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ISABELLA'S BED by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

When they visit Grandmother, the children sleep in ``Isabella's'' handsome bed and explore the trunk of South American treasures at its foot. Read full book review >

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A IS FOR SALAD by Mike Lester
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2000

"Lane territory, or Nicholas Heller's Goblins in Green (1995) and other residents of the picture-book universe's daffier reaches. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lester debuts with a promisingly irreverent alphabet, inviting a closer look at the pictures by giving them misleading captions: "A" does indeed feature a salad—but an Alligator is eating it. Read full book review >

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ARE WE THERE YET? by Alison Lester
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"North American kids will be left with both a far greater understanding of the varied wonders of Australia and a sense that their own homeland may offer similarly gorgeous possibilities. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A three-month odyssey around Australia forms this infectiously enthusiastic love letter to the author's homeland. Read full book review >

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WHEN FRANK WAS FOUR by Alison Lester
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

A brilliantly conceived book about seven children, consisting entirely of variations on the same phrase: ``When Nicky was one she spilled spaghetti on her head. Read full book review >

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DAY OF TEARS by Julius Lester
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Powerful theater and one of Lester's finest works. (cast of characters, author's note) (Fiction. 12+)"
On a day when rain came down "hard as sorrow," George Weems sets out to sell more slaves at one time than anyone ever had. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2012

"Fleet grazings upon the mouth, by turns cerebral, then sensuous."
Sawicki tenders hundreds of sudden, short atmospherics on the subject of lips and smiles. Read full book review >