Search Results: "Johanna Wright"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >

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BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >

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BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >

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FRIENDSHIP OVER by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"This satisfying slice-of-life story about the permutations of friendship and family resonates. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A 10-year-old girl faces the various challenges of growing up. Read full book review >

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THE BEST BIKE RIDE EVER by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"A fun-filled take on a familiar childhood milestone. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Bonnie O'Boy's dream comes true when she gets a bike and then must learn an important part of riding it: how to stop. Read full book review >

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CLOVER TWIG AND THE MAGICAL COTTAGE by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The fractured-fairy-tale elements will also appeal to independently reading fans of Eva Ibbotson's Which Witch (2000) and Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold (2002). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A stalwart young girl discovers the secrets of a benign witch's bungalow in this charming middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OUT! by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A heartfelt but amusing story about the many challenges of growing up. (Fiction. 8-11) "
Picking up where Friendship Over (2014) ends, this illustrated diary-style slice-of-life novel tells the continuing story of 10-year-old Celie Valentine Altman, centering on the all-important middle school topics of friendship and family. Read full book review >

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CLOVER TWIG AND THE PERILOUS PATH by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Despite dire warnings, this magical journey winds up being mostly pleasant and perky, just like its heroine. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Resourceful Clover, her witchy (but benevolent) employer Mrs. Eckles, Clover's clumsy friend Wilf and, of course, Mrs. Eckles' sister, the evil Mesmeranza, are all back for another low-key adventure (Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage, 2009). Read full book review >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYTHING'S CHANGED by Julie Sternberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"An urban story that explores the universal themes of integrity, trust, and respect in relationships. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A 10-year-old girl copes with a family move as well as challenges with both new and old friends in this third book about Celie Valentine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KEEP A POCKET IN YOUR POEM by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Clever. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
A dozen classic poems, with Lewis' playful revisions on the opposite pages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF GHOSTS by Johanna Stoberock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"Spirited and fresh-faced, a decent debut marred a bit by heavy breathing ('Did I say his eyes were blue? They were like a September sky')."
First outing about a young woman's bittersweet marriage to a tour guide. Read full book review >