Search Results: "Joe Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

SHOELESS JOE JACKSON COMES TO IOWA by W.P. Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Only for fans who want the entire oeuvre; others would do better to go to Kinsella's baseball novels to discover his most notable work."
Kinsella, best known for The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986), here offers his third collection, originally published in 1980 in Canada: a grab-bag of old stories and oddities, most notable for the piece out of which grew a novel and then the movie Field of Dreams. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO SUMMER VACATION by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A series that improves with each offering. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Attending camp, especially an academic enrichment camp, turns out to be more than notorious slacker Charlie Joe Jackson bargained for. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2011

"That aside, slackers everywhere have a new, likable hero in Charlie Joe Jackson. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Charlie Joe will do just about anything to avoid reading in this humorous cautionary tale for book-hating middle-grade students. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT by Tommy Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"No middle schooler wants to face a month at summer enrichment camp, but many will enjoy watching Charlie Joe work harder than he has ever worked before to avoid it…even if he fails. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Charlie Joe Jackson learns that "being a perfect student is just really, really hard." Read full book review >

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JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

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JOE by Larry Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"It's lean, mean, and original."
With this, his fourth book in as many years, Brown delivers on the huge promise of his first, the tough-as-nails collection of stories, Facing the Music. Read full book review >

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JOE by Ron Padgett
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Written with profound admiration and affection, but the author should have hit Delete more frequently. (38 b&w and color photos and illustrations)"
A fond chronicle of the nearly 40-year friendship between poet Padgett (Great Balls of Fire, not reviewed) and artist Brainard, who died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1994. Read full book review >

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JOE JOE by Mary Serfozo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

``Bang''; ``bong''; ``hop''; ``stop'': each word appears twice, in large type and also creatively integrated into a sequence of illustrations depicting a small boy exploring his yard and neighborhood, making noise by dragging a stick along a picket fence and by banging on garbage pails, then considering a stop sign, splashing and squishing through puddles, and finally bringing his muddy footprints home—where Mom greets his dawning awareness of the tracks he's just made with rueful indulgence. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"The frequent, lengthy narrative asides, meant to be funny, will only add to readers' confusion and frustration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this absurd adventure, insecure sixth grader Jackson falls into his Great Aunt Harriett's enormous hair. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A provocative portrait sure to win as many fans and detractors as its red-hot subject."
A well-rounded treatment of one of baseball's most celebrated and controversial figures. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 2003

"Good stuff for those who like their disaster-at-sea tales flavored with ideas."
Avast and arggh: another in a recent string of stories of things gone awry at sea—though with a smart spin that makes it better than most of the lot. Read full book review >

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BLACK ELK by Joe Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Of much literary and historical merit and a fine addition to the shelves of anyone interested in this part of America's unhappy past."
Stirring, wide-ranging biography of the Sioux elder whose testimonials underlay "one of the twentieth century's most important documents on Native American culture." Read full book review >