Search Results: "Joshua Steckel"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students."
Inspiring account of what it takes to overcome class and ethnic barriers to gain acceptance to college. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A useful if occasionally preachy introduction, this book would benefit from the inclusion of more specific details, including holidays and eating customs. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
To encourage tolerance, the photographer/authors want to help children understand similarities among Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Although mostly intended for parents, many teens will also find this to be a very enlightening, often optimistic work on a challenging topic. (foreword by Tony Atwood, not seen) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
With about one percent of the population fitting somewhere on the autistic spectrum, accurate insight into this condition is welcome. Read full book review >

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LEVERAGE by Joshua Cohen
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Kurt and his struggles are heartbreakingly real, and readers will pull for him long after the story ends. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Kurt and Danny are on high-school teams vastly different in school status. Read full book review >

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FOUR NEW MESSAGES by Joshua Cohen
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Cohen doesn't pull off every trick he attempts, but it's a pleasure to witness him test the limits of narrative."
A quartet of cleverly conceived tales that capture our anxieties about living in an increasingly commodified and digitized society. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2011

"An original, entertaining exploration about how and why we remember."
In his first book, freelance journalist Foer recounts his adventures in preparing for the U.S. Memory Championship, investigating both the nature of memory and why the act of memorization still matters. Read full book review >

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Released: May 5, 1999

"It may last for years as a bookstore perennial. (Author tour)"
Singer-songwriter Kadison, who's sold three million records since his Painted Desert Serenade debut album in 1993, proves himself a more-than-capable fabulist-illustrator in his first book aimed at the adult and young-adult markets. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2011

"A gracefully told story that commands attention and confers on Webster deserved honor too long deferred."
Freelance journalist Kendall (The Man Who Made Lists: Love, Death, Madness, and the Creation of Roget's Thesaurus, 2008) tells the story of the remarkable Noah Webster (1758-1843)—lexicographer, political theorist, journalist, co-founder of Amherst College, polymath. Read full book review >

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LEON TROTSKY by Joshua Rubenstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"An accessible scholarly account of a man whose life spanned continents, whose charisma was legendary and whose ideas sparked a revolution and its backlash."
Brilliant, charismatic, fatally idealistic and dogmatic—Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) was all this and more, according to this fine biography, the latest in the publisher's Jewish Lives series. Read full book review >

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PLOTLESS, POINTLESS, PATHETIC by Joshua Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2004

"Captain's outings so third grade? (Fiction. 9-11)"
Monty Python meets Captain Underpants in a prose/cartoon hybrid from Down Under featuring Sir Glame, a puffed-up, borderline psychopath in armor, and his sarcastic equine sidekick Bill. Read full book review >

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HANK'S WORK by Joshua Schreier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"The bold, stylized forms and bright colors will be fine for groups; also, a good choice to share with the art teacher. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The author of Luigi's All-Night Parking Lot (1990) enriches a story about a boy—a boy whose dad is too busy to recognize the importance of his son's activities—with a fantasy element dramatizing the intensity of a child's imagination. Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE MONSTERS by Joshua McCune
Released: June 2, 2015

"Standard, cheerless fare for Divergent fans, though the sentient dragons are a definite wild card. (Dystopian fantasy. 14 & up)"
Escalation of the civil war between the militarized United States and dragon-riding insurgents forces ugly choices on damaged teen warrior Melissa in this savagely violent middle volume. Read full book review >