Search Results: "Johanna Spyri"


BOOK REVIEW

HEIDI PART II by Johanna Spyri
by Johanna Spyri, illustrated by Diana Kizlauskas, developed by JustKidsApps
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2011

"Despite aunt Dete's infernal meddling (she drags poor Hieidi to Frankfurt in the second installment; the third is not yet available), this oh-so-slightly saccharine tale delivers a reliably upbeat outcome for readers who enjoy a nice old-fashioned story. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A pedestrian adaptation of the classic delivers little transcendence, but it does make for a comfortable introduction for younger readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEIDI PART I by Johanna Spyri
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 2011

"Despite aunt Dete's infernal meddling (she drags poor Hieidi to Frankfurt in the second installment; the third is not yet available), this oh-so-slightly saccharine tale delivers a reliably upbeat outcome for readers who enjoy a nice old-fashioned story. (iPad storybook app. 4-10)"
A pedestrian adaptation of the classic delivers little transcendence, but it does make for a comfortable introduction for younger readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET CIRCUS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2009

"A quiet, comforting debut, best shared snuggled close together. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Somewhere, beneath the twinkling lights of Paris, there is a circus. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR FIEDLER by Johanna Fiedler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"Only Fiedler enthusiasts and habituÇs of the classical music scene will want to wade through the run-of-the-mill pop psychologizing featured here."
The daughter of Boston's beloved maestro transposes the familiar laments of a star's adult child into the world of classical music. Read full book review >

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THE WIVES OF HENRY OADES by Johanna Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"A beguiling, promising debut, combining clipped narration and capable technique with tender appreciation for the female characters in particular."
Two women discover they're both rightfully married to the same man. Read full book review >

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HEART OF A WARRIOR by Johanna Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Brittany is one bold, likable big snip, a Judy Davis or early Kate Hepburn—and a real match for Dalden."
Astoundingly original story that may stun fans of Lindsey's Home for the Holidays (2000): the first interplanetary romance novel! Read full book review >

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BLACK LAKE by Johanna Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"Lots of symbolic portent—the past, the sea, the family—and an overcomplicated narrative structure attempt to turn an elemental melodrama into a novel with more literary weight."
Financial threats to a family estate in the Irish countryside abruptly leave a man and woman empty nesters without their nest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

FAULT LINES by Johanna  Wagstaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Thorough, engaging, and accessible. (resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A seasoned meteorologist and journalist uses personal experiences, interviews with earthquake witnesses, history, charts, and photographs as she explains the science behind earthquakes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HIDDEN LIFE by Johanna Reiss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2009

"Readers of this troubling account will be eager to rediscover The Upstairs Room."
The Dutch American author of the young-adult Holocaust novel The Upstairs Room (1972) recounts the unexpected, devastating suicide of her husband. Read full book review >