Search Results: "Jr. Gerstner"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1994

"This report on the success of the Next Century schools and their wide-ranging experiments in education is heartening, as is the authors' conviction that if business (Ford, IBM, etc.) can change to quality management, so can education."
Yet another in the flurry of recent volumes advocating choice in schools; this one emphasizes ``the discipline of the market.'' By the former chairman and CEO of RJR Nabisco (now chairman of IBM) and others involved in the educational policy debate, this latest thesis nailed on the door of the educational establishment invokes the quality management theories of the late W. Edwards Deming and the success stories of the RJR Nabisco Foundation's Next Century Schools Program. Read full book review >

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WINNING WORDS by Jr. Smith
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"The immediacy of the storytelling and the lively format will attract young sports buffs looking for something different. (author's note) (Short stories. 9 & up)"
Six sports stories center on inspirational quotations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A final full page of author acknowledgments and thanks would have been better utilized with basic information about the choir and its significant location. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Thirteen poems about vocal music focus on the world renowned Boys Choir of Harlem, with photographs of choir members by Smith (Loki and Alex: The Adventures of a Dog and His Best Friend, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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CODE OF CONDUCT by Jr. Alvarez
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Lifeless prose in a memoir that also lacks the excitement, drive, and focus of self-discovery. (Photographs—not seen.)"
What it was like to return to civilian life after eight and a half years as a POW, told blandly by Alvarez (Chained Eagle, YA, 1989—not reviewed), with help from Schreiner (A Place Called Princeton, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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RIMSHOTS by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Smith closes with another tribute, to the African-American athletes, musicians, and artists who have meant the most to him. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Mixing poetry, memoir, short fiction, and photography, Smith pays a fast-break tribute to the pleasures and pains of b-ball, from being benched (" ‘Please Put Me In, Coach!!' "); to playing "Hot Like Fire," on the way to scoring 65 points; remembering "the time when my dad could no longer play one on one; or how a new kid, "Meek," proved himself on the court, once he was given a chance. Read full book review >

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COUNTING IS FOR THE BIRDS by Jr. Mazzola
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"High- resolution digital illustrations painted onscreen using a personal computer are detailed with the precision of a photograph, appropriate for identification but lacking a heartbeat. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An effective beginning backyard-bird book is muddied with the addition of poetry and counting to its equation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SEA OF GRASS by Jr. Dvorak
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"List of prairie preserves and restorations. (Nonfiction. 5+)"
In outstanding color photos accompanied by a spare descriptive text, a naturalist whose specialty is the prairie depicts a year in the tallgrass prairie that once extended west from Ohio. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOOP KINGS by Jr. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A solid jump shot, but no slam-dunk. (Poetry. 8-14)"
Another of Smith's poetic tributes to hoops and the star athletes of the game and a companion to his earlier Hoop Queens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOPPELGANGER by Jr. Stahler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"An interesting read that deals with growing pains, peer pressure and making decisions that might be unpopular, but are undoubtedly right. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
What teenage boy doesn't feel uncomfortable in his own skin? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Good for Civil War collections. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Manassas, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Appomattox. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Unfortunately, Loki isn't the most appealing dog on the block, as he looks rather like a snarling fox in several of the photos, but Alex is a handsome lad with lots of personality. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Smith (Short Takes: Fast Break Poetry, 2001, etc.) tells the story of a boy and his dog through large photographs and one- or two-sentence descriptions of their actions around a park. Read full book review >