Search Results: "Judith Herbst"


BOOK REVIEW

NATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Bibliography; photos, diagrams, & index not seen. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A look at the science behind science fiction, at least as it relates to space travel: the historical musings of Rostand and Jules Verne; Goddard's early experiments; the Apollo moon flight; early nuclear rocket experiments; and some far-out (but theoretically possible) mechanisms—Bussard ramjets, antimatter, and the use of tachyons (faster-than-light particles that may be the result only of fevered mathematical imagination). Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF UFOS by Judith Herbst
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A mesmerizing picture book of flying saucer lore as enticing as a book of ghost stories. Read full book review >

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THE STARCHED BLUE SKY OF SPAIN by Josephine Herbst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 1991

These posthumous memoirs of novelist and journalist Herbst (1892-1969) alternate between dreamy recollection and thoughtful questioning of literary and political fashions. Read full book review >

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I HAVE A FRIEND by Judith Inglese
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Aims high but misses. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Staid pictures make a poor match for a child's free-flying introduction to an imaginary friend. Read full book review >

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DEAR ANNIE by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The subtext here- -the value of written communication—is disarmingly wrapped in the warmly depicted relationship between generations, nicely extended in the cheerful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In describing a correspondence between a child and her grandfather, Caseley deftly outlines the girl's growth. Read full book review >

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JORAH'S JOURNAL by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1997

"The resolution comes too easily, cramming all of Jorah's adjustment period into just a few days, but her predicament will still ring true for emerging readers. (Fiction. 7+)"
Caseley (Witch Mama, 1996, etc.) presents a hurried-up, condensed look at the first days of a third-grader in her new home. Read full book review >

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CHLOE IN THE KNOW by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 1993

"A class trip to N.Y.C.'s Chinatown, knowledge that her own mother once unwittingly hurt her grandmother's feelings, worry over a crossing-guard's absence—these morsels make up Chloe's world; her triumphs should bring a smile. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Independent-minded Chloe, eldest child of three in the Kane family (Hurricane Harry, 1991, etc.), accompanies her mother through amniocentesis, sticks up for little brother Harry when he's unjustly accused of lying, and admits she's plagiarized a poem for her grandmother's birthday. Read full book review >

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WITCH MAMA by Judith Caseley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The book becomes more of a primer on celebrating Halloween than a story about the Witch Mama. (Picture book. 4+)"
Jenna was born on Halloween; her mother was dressed up as a witch when she went into labor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MAGICIAN’S APPRENTICE by Judith Heneghan
ADVENTURE
Released: April 30, 2008

An orphaned young student of legerdemain sets himself to unraveling a once-wealthy family's deadly squabbles in this rough-edged but promising debut. Read full book review >

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JACK JONES AND THE PIRATE CURSE by Judith Rossell
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Well-stocked with funny characters and situations, here's a rousing tale for all young hearties, with outstanding read-aloud potential to boot. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
There's nothing like inheriting a previously unsuspected family curse to add spice to an ordinary life, as young Jack discovers when a distant grand uncle dies. Read full book review >

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WINDS OF HEAVEN by Judith Clarke
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Introspective, quiet prose, authentic coming-of-age characters and appreciation for the social values shaping Australian women in the mid-20th century make this a moving read. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Although their lives take different paths, two cousins growing up in Australia have a lasting impact on each other in this poignant story. Read full book review >