Search Results: "John Paterson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 1996

"Enjoyable for its own enjoyment of the era, this period piece collection of literary snapshots and group portraits adds up to an engaging, if familiar, album. (8 pages of b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Paterson (English/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley; The Novel as Faith, 1973) thematically arranges the Edwardian era into a series of brief studies, with anecdotes drawn from the works of Henry James, Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Hueffer, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, and everyone else who was anyone then. Read full book review >

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BLUEBERRIES FOR THE QUEEN by John Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"They beautifully juxtapose the magnificent horses, fire-breathing dragon, and royal robes of William's fairytale world with realistic images of cars, planes, and war work—images that will appeal to young readers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This charming tale is based on an incident that happened to the young John Paterson during the summer of 1942, when Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, her daughter, and two granddaughters spent the summer near Lee, Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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THE FLINT HEART by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A grand tale skillfully updated and tightened up, this should win the hearts of a new generation. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A heart-shaped talisman created in the Stone Age brings terribly corrupting power to those who possess it, until 12-year-old Charles Jago manages to destroy it permanently. Read full book review >

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CONSIDER THE LILIES by John Paterson
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Sept. 25, 1986

"Plant lore gleaned from botanists and Biblical scholarship is presented in italics: the 'lilies of the fields' were probably anemones; and myrrh may refer either to the gum of the Commiphona or of the rock rose; etc. A visual delight which may find an audience with both Bible students and naturalists."
The history and symbolism of 39 plants of the Bible, presented with related Bible texts. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE HOME by Charles Paterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"An encyclopedic and epistolary family history, a eulogy for pre-Reich Vienna and an ode to midcentury modernism."
The title of Paterson's debut memoir carries a dual meaning. As a child, the author fled the Nazis for a new life; as an adult, he created sanctuaries for others. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE WOLF by Diane Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Lots of sound advice salts the story (and is summarized in fact sheets at the end of the book), which will make kids feel less helpless, if in no less awe, before the storm's brute force. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A hurricane is calling at the door. Read full book review >

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SOMEDAY by Diane Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

"Fun for all concerned. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
An animal story sparked with sly incongruities that give it a mellow humor. ``I like the beach,'' says Gull, rolling up his pants to wade, and he buys a boat—from a crow. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 24, 1981

"Reading them in one lump tends to clot one's consciousness."
Several of Paterson's Washington Post Book World reviews, articles from The Writer, her award acceptance speeches, and some original chapters on her own writing and her thoughts on writing for young people—collected here, she says, for her adult readers, "not all [of them] librarians or teachers," just people who "have learned. . . truly how to read." Read full book review >

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STORIES OF MY LIFE by Katherine Paterson
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"Paterson's legions of fans, young and old, will welcome this peek into her life and process. (timeline, family tree) (Memoir.14 & up)"
The noted writer offers both stories about her life and insights into where her book ideas came from. Read full book review >

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THE DAY OF THE PELICAN by Katherine Paterson
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Nonetheless, a solid addition to the scant offerings on this subject. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
A realistically harsh yet hopeful account of an Albanian Kosovar family's flight from the violence ravaging their beloved home. Read full book review >

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THE SAME STUFF AS STARS by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"If she's almost too good to be true—constantly buckling seat belts, lecturing on the five food groups, and fussing over proper outerwear in the cold—readers will recognize her and root for her because the odds are so badly stacked against her. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently written tale of family caught in the most corrosive of situations, this is a story of guilt and reconciliation. Read full book review >