Search Results: "John Agard"


BOOK REVIEW

HALF-CASTE by John Agard
POETRY
Released: Nov. 15, 2005

"Teachers will find this book a calming and positive voice in a classroom and will come to think of the collection as a paradise of teaching opportunities. (Poetry. 12+)"
An ebullient yet harmonious cache of assorted poems by a Guyanese performance poet who has made Great Britain his home since 1977. Read full book review >

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WEBLINES by John Agard
Released: April 30, 2001

"A mixed bag, but a good introduction for newcomers to Agard's work."
The "weblines" Agard refers to are those spun by the West African trickster spider-god Anansi rather than those of the Internet, but in the constant playfulness that runs through the first third of his latest collection, Agard has no qualms about giving Anansi her own "website" in the more contemporary parlance as well. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS ON CCTV by John Agard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Considerably more edgy satire than Happily Ever After here; a bracing take for teens. (Poetry. 12-16)"
From Puss in Boots' swaggering descendant "Puss-in-Trainers" to the titular break-and-enter artist caught on security cameras, Agard lays urban-inflected modern twists on 29 folkloric characters. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG INFERNO by John Agard
POETRY
Released: July 1, 2009

"Steer readers who can't face the original to Marcus Sanders and Sandow Birk's weirdly campy but grand illustrated rendition, Dante's Divine Comedy (2004). (Poetry. 12-15)"
"In the middle of my childhood wonder / I woke to find myself in a forest / that was—how shall I put it—wild and sombre." Read full book review >

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BOOK by John Agard
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A pleasing visit with an occasionally—if justifiably—immodest world-changer. (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Book chattily narrates its memoir, as "transcribed" by Guyanese-English poet Agard. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"It's hard to locate favorites without an index or table of contents, but the endpapers place the poems perfectly with a colorful map of the Caribbean. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
These 39 bouncy rhymes require a little practice before reading aloud; the rhythms are tricky, but irresistible. Read full book review >

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JOHN WAYNE by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Insightful, exhaustive and engrossing—a definitive portrait of the man and the legend."
A comprehensive and compelling examination of The Duke. Read full book review >

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JOHN KEATS by Nicholas Roe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Roe's biography acutely displays the intensity, anguish and triumph of a great life for whom the clock was always ticking."
Roe (English/Univ. of St. Andrews; Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt, 2005, etc.) delivers a tightly focused and highly useful biography of the great English Romantic. Read full book review >

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CEMETERY JOHN by Robert Zorn
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2012

"Zorn's research includes new forensic evidence, personal and historical documents, and interviews, laying the foundation for a thrilling true-crime tale that offers a resounding answer to the question of who was really responsible for the kidnapping."
Debut author Zorn makes a compelling case that the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping was orchestrated by a Bronx deli clerk who got away with the crime scot-free. Read full book review >

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JOHN MUIR by Kathryn Lasky
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2006

In this double-stranded tribute to Muir, who was a driving force behind the creation of the National Parks system, a founder of the Sierra Club and a brilliant inventor too, Lasky not only outlines the course of his life, but eloquently conveys his motivation—a profound delight in what he called "wildness" in the natural world. Read full book review >

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JOHN ADAMS by John Patrick Diggins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2003

"Readers of McCullough will find little new factual information here, but the solid interpretation of events will interest students of the presidency and the early republic."
A brief life of the post-revolutionary president who liked nothing better than to be left alone. Read full book review >