Search Results: "John Hendrix"


BOOK REVIEW

SHOOTING AT THE STARS by John Hendrix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Timed with the centenary of World War I but a lesson for always, Hendrix's tale pulls young readers close and shows the human side of war. (introduction, glossary, bibliography, index) (Picture book. 7-12)"
A fictionalized account—based on letters from and interviews with actual soldiers—of the holiday cease-fire during World War I. Read full book review >

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HOOK'S REVENGE by Heidi Schulz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An incompletely satisfying return to Neverland. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The daughter of a famous pirate hopes to sail the high seas, but first she must survive finishing school. Read full book review >

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MCTOAD MOWS TINY ISLAND by Tom Angleberger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Hendrix's richly detailed, brightly colored spreads make the book visually engaging, but on the whole it feels out of sync with evolving sensibilities and awareness. (Picture book. 3-5)"
McToad likes Thursdays, the day he mows Tiny Island. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATE CODE by Heidi Schulz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An imaginative adventure filled with humor and heart. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
After defeating Neverland's crocodile (Hook's Revenge, 2014), Jocelyn, Capt. Hook's daughter and heir, sets her sights on finding Hook's hidden treasure.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MIRACLE MAN by John Hendrix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Brief of text but memorably illustrated. (Picture book/religion. 5-9)"
Some of Jesus' message is here, but the focus is on selected miracles and the wonder thereof. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BOY CALLED DICKENS by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"This thoughtful and entertaining portrait offers a model for reading critically that will bear fruit as readers grow. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Metafictive techniques and atmospheric graphite, ink and acrylic compositions effectively pull readers into the life and soul of 12-year-old Charles Dickens. Read full book review >

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR TAIL by Mary Hanson
ANIMALS
Released: April 10, 2007

"Clever and cunning, this is a recipe for laugh-out-loud fun, especially as a read-aloud. (map, family tree) (Fiction. 7-10)"
"If you are a rat nabbed by cats who really like stories about magic spoons, wolves with snout-warts, big, hairy chimney trolls . . . and cookies too," then you'll love this tale of tails. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"It may not keep kids out of creeks, but this plucky Kentucky romp may well spawn a future historian or two. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Abe Lincoln's childhood friend Austin Gollaher changed the course of history when he rescued the future president from a swollen Kentucky creek in 1816. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIANT RAT OF SUMATRA by Sid Fleischman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Spirited and entertaining. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Edmund Amos Peters, nearly 13, is the cabin boy on the vessel known as the Giant Rat of Sumatra (named for its memorable figurehead) and the narrator of this delightfully crisp, compact tale of adventure and fortune. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM by Grady Hendrix
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Certainly not for all readers, but anyone interested in seeing William Peter Blatty's infamous The Exorcist (1971) by way of Heathers shouldn't miss it."
The wonder of friendship proves to be stronger than the power of Christ when an ancient demon possesses a teenage girl. Read full book review >

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EMPTY CITIES OF THE FULL MOON by Howard V. Hendrix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 7, 2001

"Not for the cerebrally timid but overflowing with gorgeous polyphony."
Polymath Hendrix (Better Angels, 1999, etc.) posits a polymorphous future for protean readers whose imaginations can pass through any plotline. Read full book review >