Search Results: "John Speirs"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DONKEY AND THE GOLDEN LIGHT by John Speirs
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Some will find this tale of a thinking donkey maudlin; others will find it illuminating. (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
A donkey born in the stable on the same night as Jesus is the focus of this sumptuously illustrated story that follows the beast of burden throughout his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMAL TRACKS by Charles Ghigna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Lively and fun as promised, as the blurb says, 'EWE will love this book—I'm not LION.' (Poetry. 4-7)"
Not wild in the sense of ferocious, these simple read-aloud poems on animals and nature feature oddities and clever puns, i.e., titles such as "Ducks Quack Me Up," "I Wouldn't Pet on It," and "A Batch of Beasts." 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KEY TO THE PLAYHOUSE by Carol Beach York
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"Very like real life. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Each summer Megan and Alice spend two weeks at Gran's, where a playhouse built for their mothers is now the cousins' special domain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE SWORDS FOR GRANADA by Walter Dean Myers
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"This, alas, cannot possibly be what they are hoping to get. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A turgid animal fantasy features Spanish cat musketeers crossing swords with thuggish dog invaders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. 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

JOHN LENNON by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Intelligent and sympathetic, but overlong and unfocused."
Comprehensive biography of the Beatles' most outspoken and controversial member, whose murder by a demented fan in 1980 only added to his legacy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A more traditional biography and a more selective use of excerpts from primary sources might have been more interesting and effective, though report writers may find this helpful. (time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
John Adams was short, overweight, pale and bald. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the whopping length, there's not a wasted word in this superb, swiftly moving narrative, which brings new and overdue honor to a Founding Father."
A great, troubled, and, it seems, overlooked president receives his due from the Pulitzer-winning historian/biographer McCullough (Truman, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >