Search Results: "Joseph Slate"


BOOK REVIEW

CROSSING THE TRESTLE by Joseph Slate
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Patient readers will be rewarded. (Fiction. 10-15)"
This slow-moving story that, for all its unconventional elements, may not satisfy readers, stars Petey, a child with a fear of heights. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An author's note explains the beginnings of the Conestoga wagon in America, and a few historical details about the actual event. (Picture book. 7-10)"
A farmer from the countryside and his great big wagon carry the Liberty Bell to a safe hiding place. Read full book review >

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LITTLE PORCUPINE’S CHRISTMAS by Joseph Slate
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Without being preachy, this team has created a sweet, if predictable, holiday story. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Lessons in differences and inclusion are charmingly presented in this pointed Christmas tale. Read full book review >

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WHAT STAR IS THIS? by Joseph Slate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The text is set in an unusual typeface, often flowing through the illustrations in white against midnight-blue skies, echoing the comet's careening path through space. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The author of the Miss Bindergarten series turns his attention to the Christmas star in this creative explanation for the stellar phenomenon that led the Wise Men and the shepherds to Bethlehem. Read full book review >

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I WANT TO BE FREE by Joseph Slate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Not up to either contributor's standards, but a passable selection where slave tales or Christian inspirational tales are needed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Before I die, I want to be free. / But the Big Man says, ‘You belong to me.' " A young slave in the South escapes only to be tracked down and shackled, but he manages to break free again. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Miss Bindergarten's enthusiasm is irresistible, while the students provide a grand mix of ingenious creations. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The ebullient canine kindergarten teacher (Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, 1996) is preparing for the 100th day of school. Read full book review >

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MISS BINDERGARTEN GETS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN by Joseph Slate
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"1988, etc.) makes the first day a pleasure for everyone involved. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An inviting look at the first day of school in Miss Bindergarten's class. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH KANON
by Clayton Moore

In an age when America’s intelligence services aren’t always portrayed in the best light, Joseph Kanon’s new novel about the Cold War seems starkly elegant by comparison. In our starred review, Kirkus says of Defectors, “...not since Le Carré’s A Perfect Spy has there been a family of spooks to rival this one.”

The novel is an intimate ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE ON SPRUCEWOOD LANE by Caroline Slate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2002

"Tabloid tale reworked in pretentious prose by newcomer Slate."
Who strangled ten-year-old Calista McQuade? It's hard to care. Read full book review >

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JOSEPH SCAPELLATO
by Richard Z. Santos

Joseph Scapellato isn’t from the west—he grew up in suburban Chicago—but like so many Americans, the mythic west was always nearby.  “My mom was and is an enormous fan of golden age Westerns: Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, all those dudes in white hats,” Scapellato says. “I grew up watching those, and she accumulated all these cowboy tchotchkes. I grew ...


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JOSEPH FINK & JEFFREY CRANOR
by Clayton Moore

Writing a second novel set in the weird world of Welcome to Night Vale was something of a litmus test for authors Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, reached by Kirkus separately by phone on the eve of their European tour. The new novel, It Devours! follows up their debut novel Welcome to Night Vale; it’s a thriller that Kirkus calls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"The sky's the limit for this winning, winsome, wee mollusk. (Picture book. 5 & up)"
A perky anthropomorphic shell named Marcel introduces readers to his highly original universe in this quirky spin-off from the 2010 Stop Motion animated short film of the same name. Read full book review >