Search Results: "Jr. McSween"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"While nothing in science is ever the last word, this finely argued and well-written volume can be expected to stand as an excellent summary of what science knows about the Earth on the threshold of the 21st century."
Those who see geology as the dullest of sciences overlook the likes of McSween, who shows his style in this sprightly treatment of the origin of Earth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 28, 1993

"As energetic as Sagan, without the pontificating; once McSween finds a richer theme, the moon's the limit."
Comet dirt, magma oceans, meteorites from Mars—all the extraterrestrial grit and goop that geologists love—brought wittily down to earth. 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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

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

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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A fascinating glimpse inside the sometimes arcane and always political workings of the US Supreme Court and one of its influential members."
An exhaustive and informative biography of a previously neglected Supreme Court justice, written by one his former clerks. Read full book review >

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THE SPELLSONG WAR by Jr. Modesitt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"If there has to be a series, then this is an agreeable and worthwhile addition—much fresher and more tempting than Modesitt's unending Magic of Recluce yarns."
The inevitable, if unnecessary, sequel to Modesitt's fine music-magic feminist fantasy, The Soprano Sorceress (1997), with its appropriately Wagnerian backdrop. Read full book review >