Search Results: "JonArno Lawson"


BOOK REVIEW

BLACK STARS IN A WHITE NIGHT SKY by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Despite the variety of tone and subject, the poet's voice and sensibility are clear and consistent in this above-average gathering. (notes) (Poetry. 11-15)"
Staid design masks a terrific collection of poetic surprises, observations and ruminations on topics as varied as discovering sunken treasure but not taking it, meeting an unusually eloquent "Elephant," considering the prospect of eating "Frog On A Cob" again—"I can't stand the smell of it, / cannot think well of it, / live with the hell of it / day after day"—and, in the title poem, using the "inward-gazing mind" to reverse what the "outward-dazing eye" sees. Read full book review >

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UNCLE HOLLAND by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Austere and quirky, with lots of room for conversations. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-10)"
A serial thief faces his choice of consequence. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD HAD HER FARM by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"High-energy ride to nowhere. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A new take on the old song highlights the role of vowels in the English language. Read full book review >

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LEAP! by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Like a ball rolling downhill, the combined momentum of verse and page turn should impel pre-readers to leap and then sleep—but not before demanding that those reading to them repeat: not to be missed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Creatures great and small spring into action on a sunny day. Read full book review >

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THINK AGAIN by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"An entirely rewarding combination. (Poetry. 9-14)"
More than 40 introspective poems and accompanying illustrations explore the complexity of close relationships. Read full book review >

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SIDEWALK FLOWERS by JonArno Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Bracketed by beautiful endpapers, this ode to everyday beauty sings sweetly. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A child in a red hoodie and a man on a cellphone navigate an urban landscape, the child picking flowers from cracks and crannies along the way. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 2, 1939

"And he has made delightful pen and ink illustrations. (Fantasy/historical fiction. 7-12)"
Hugely entertaining (and enlightening) mouse-eye view of the career of Benjamin Franklin. Read full book review >

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AUDREY AND BARBARA by Janet Lawson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"Of course. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Audrey wants to go to India. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR AUGUSTA by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"A whimsical, heartwarming, multilayered story about finding grace enough to accept the flaws in those we love and courage enough to act from our most deeply held beliefs. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Set in rural Alabama in 1972, this tale follows 11-year-old Benjamin Putter as he struggles to fulfill his father's final wish. Read full book review >

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ROAD ENDS by Mary Lawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"Although the novel moves slowly, the characters are riveting and demand sympathy even at their most pathetic. We are left with the sense that to live is to struggle, in cities or in the harsh, Canadian north, and there is nothing to do but the best we can."
Lawson's compelling third novel (The Other Side of the Bridge, 2006, etc.) is about trying to get away—from the past, from tragedy, from grief, and from the inescapable obligations, for better or worse, of family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Delightfully transports readers into the kitchens and the spirits of the villagers' longstanding customs."
A small Italian village's secret to the Fountain of Youth. Read full book review >

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HOUSE JUSTICE by Mike Lawson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2010

"Lawson takes a big step up from House Secrets (2009) with a devilishly intricate, whirlwind tale, wittily told, that delivers a sobering message."
Seminar-level thriller uses the Valerie Plame case as the premise for a dizzying pursuit of an informant. Read full book review >