Search Results: "Johanna Hurwitz"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"The anthology's large font and short-story format may appeal to struggling middle-school readers as well as elementary-school kids, although the rather juvenile cover art (that nonetheless captures the 'fooled you' concept) might fool them into thinking it's only appropriate for a much younger audience. (Short stories. 8- 14)"
After collecting stories all based on birthdays from well-known children's authors for a previous anthology, Birthday Surprises (1995), this time Hurwitz has asked a group of ten writers to create stories that include the line, "I fooled you," a concept that, she reminds readers, is a common feature of most folk and fairy tales. Read full book review >

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DEAR EMMA by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Good enough, but it could have been better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The epistolary format works against this sequel to Faraway Summer (2001). Read full book review >

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ELISA MICHAELS, BIGGER & BETTER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Familiar situations and characters, frequent pencil illustrations, and generous font and white space make this a perfect transitional book for new readers who will look forward to following Elisa and her warm family and friends in the future. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Elisa, almost eight, is the star of the newest Riverside Kids series. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL'S OUT by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1991

"Totally satisfying. (Fiction. 7-11)"
After three books recounting his checkered third-grade career, likable Lucas Cott has a busy summer. Read full book review >

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A WORD TO THE WISE by Johanna Hurwitz
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 1994

"For such a handsome production, the result is oddly flat. (Folklore/Picture book. 4+)"
Following a short preface discussing their many honorable origins, a score of the best-known proverbs, illustrated in Rayevsky's usual pungently satirical style. Read full book review >

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OZZIE ON HIS OWN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

"The details of everyday life glow with the warmth of good hearts and close families. (Fiction. 7+)"
In this sequel to Roz and Ozzie (1992), Ozzie, eight, is spending the summer alone. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Azarian's black-and-white illustrations complement the overall mood. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Hurwitz continues her early 20th-century series begun in Faraway Summer (1998), focusing on Emma's coming-of-age year when she turns 16. Read full book review >

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PEEWEE AND PLUSH by Johanna Hurwitz
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"It's one of friendship, love, and working together that will warm all but the most jaded of hearts. (Fiction. 8-11)"
PeeWee, the intrepid guinea pig, is back and now he has a mate. Read full book review >

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EVEN STEPHEN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"His emotional crisis takes place in so few pages that it's almost pointless, but it's also the only real action in the book. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10+)"
According to his younger sister Sunny, who narrates this novel, there isn't anything at which Stephen, 17, doesn't excel: He has perfect SAT scores, girls drool at the sight of him, he's a star athlete, and has been accepted not only at Harvard but Yale, Princeton, and MIT as well. Read full book review >

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THE UP AND DOWN SPRING by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1993

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Rory, Derek, and Bolivia (The Hot & Cold Summer, 1984, etc.) are back; now the Woodside, N.J., boys are visiting Bolivia in Ithaca, N.Y., where they must adjust to her unusual household (exotic food, no TV) and her full spring-vacation agenda, including (to Rory's disgust) attending a ballet. Read full book review >

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RUSSELL’S SECRET by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"It is simple experience that slips the message to Russell, and it becomes his decision to go to school. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hurwitz takes a standard theme—"I don't want to go to school"—and develops it in an intriguing and merry fashion: It's not so much that the boy becomes bored, but how he does. Read full book review >

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FARAWAY SUMMER by Johanna Hurwitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Pastoral woodcuts garnish each chapter with old-fashioned country still lifes. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In the summer of 1910, when cars begin to replace horses, and librarians still check for clean hands, New Yorker Dossi finds herself bound for a small town in Vermont, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund, the charity for poor city children. Read full book review >