Search Results: "Joanna Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

BROOKS by Doug Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nice guys do not always finish last, but they also do not necessarily make the most compelling subjects for biography."
Wilson (The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, 2013) delivers a pedestrian treatment of an impressive baseball player and admirable man. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"This well-crafted examination of spiritual longing shows how one woman has carved out a niche inside the religion she loves despite its contradictions."
A scholar of religion and culture struggles to integrate her strong religious beliefs with a deepening awareness of social injustice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS BROOKS' STORY NOOK by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"While sequels can sometimes be disappointing, readers and listeners who enjoyed Miss Brooks' first appearance will likely be very happy to find out what happens next—and they just might be inspired to create some tall tales of their own. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Energetic, book-loving Miss Brooks is back, as is Missy, the grumpy, stumpy, hat-wearing reluctant reader-turned-bookworm who is her biggest fan (Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't), 2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THAT’S LIFE, SAMARA BROOKS by Daniel Ehrenhaft
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"A few funny, touching moments cannot save this convoluted mess. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ridiculous theories of science and the paranormal destroy a promising story of nature vs. nurture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The traumatic and illuminating events suffered by a teenage girl who dared to say she was gay in a religious community that doesn't readily accept homosexuality."
A memoir of a lesbian Mormon who stood up for her rights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON THE BUS WITH JOANNA COLE by Joanna Cole
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 20, 1996

"A book as appealing as any Cole has written, good for recreational readers and report-writers alike. (Autobiography. 10-13)"
A grand autobiography in the Creative Sparks series that is both accessible and entertaining. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Or, in this case, material for literary eavesdropping, either."
An unremarkable correspondence between two remarkable southern men of letters at the forefronts of the New Critics and the Fugitive poets, respectively. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVIE BROOKS IS MAROONED IN MANHATTAN by Sheila Agnew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A predictable plot and poor character development squash this outing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A summer in Manhattan unites an orphaned girl with an uncle she barely knows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS BROOKS LOVES BOOKS! (AND I DON’T)  by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"In a word: lovable. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Guaranteed to be warmly welcomed by librarians everywhere, this paean to the joys of reading will find an enthusiastic audience among kids and parents as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DID YOU EVER SEE? by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Science books for the young can and should do better than this. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This new offering from the Tate Gallery's publishing arm asks simple questions about visual perception, challenging readers to make judgments about relationships between familiar objects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR BEAR by Joanna Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 5, 1994

"Katie might just as well have had this correspondence with her parrot. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Katie and the bear who lives under the stairs at her house start a correspondence. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMOS JELLYBEAN GETS IT RIGHT by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Amos Jellybean knows he's bright (his mum says so), but he still always seems to scramble the many instructions he's given: "So I . . . take my bed downstairs, put it on the table, sit down on my breakfast and eat my clothes." Read full book review >