Search Results: "Joan Wickersham"


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THE PAPER ANNIVERSARY by Joan Wickersham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"A sweet, penetrating look at young love—and an unusually well-crafted debut."
A first novel that explores with humor and depth the on-and- off marriage of two confused young Ivy Leaguers. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2012

"Short stories don't get much better than this, and for once, the overarching framework strengthens rather than dissipates their effectiveness."
Elegantly structured, emotionally compelling fiction from novelist/memoirist Wickersham (The Suicide Index, 2008, etc.). 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 >

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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 >

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LOOK-ALIKES AROUND THE WORLD by Joan Steiner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

Again showing her genius for turning found materials into realistic structures and scenes, Steiner conducts viewers on a world tour, from the sliced-bread-and-peanut-butter terraces of Machu Picchu to the Leaning Tower of Cookies. Read full book review >

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ONE MORE RIVER by Joan Paley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Its graphics and design are clear and joyous, and lends itself to a group reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This traditional spiritual is the basis of a new counting book with bright, happy collages of animals entering Noah's ark. Read full book review >

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TELL ME by Joan Bauer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An intriguing story idea is marred by a surfeit of telling. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A 12-year-old girl sees something suspicious and determinedly pursues it. Read full book review >

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ELLEN’S BOOK OF LIFE by Joan Givner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The several threads of the story weave together without fanfare but with a calm assurance that creates a sturdy sense of character and believability. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Ellen Fremedon's family—Ellen most of all—is desperately stressed by her mother's illness, and a trip across the country to visit with friends provides only the briefest of reprieves before her mother's death sends everyone into the dislocation and alienation of grief. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH OF CLATTERINGSHAWS by Joan Aiken
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"She will be greatly missed. (Fiction. 10+)"
Dido and Piers are on a mission to find a claimant to the throne of England because the current king would rather be a painter. Read full book review >

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ME AND MY FAMILY TREE by Joan Sweeney
Released: May 1, 1999

"Cable's drawings clearly define the process of creating a family tree; she provides a blank tree so children can start on their own geneaology.(Picture book. 5-7)"
PLB 0-517-70967-8 Me And My Family Tree (32 pp.; $13.00; PLB $14.99; May; 0-517-70966-X; PLB 0-517-70967-8): For children who are naturally curious about the people who care for them (most make inquiries into family relationships at an early age), Sweeney explains, with the assistance of a young narrator, the concept of a family tree. Read full book review >