Search Results: "Judith Mackrell"


BOOK REVIEW

FLAPPERS by Judith Mackrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Mackrell ties her subjects together by asserting that they all struggled 'with the quintessentially contemporary conundrum: how to combine career and family, self-interest, marriage and love,' but readers of this gossipy collective biography are unlikely to identify with their struggle. What these women shared most strongly were the glittering allure and tragic consequences of celebrity."
Biography of six women who declared their independence during the Jazz Age. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The book is well-written, but the sexual escapades and personality disorders of the principals take so much space that it degenerates into a gossipy tell-all.
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Guardian dance critic Mackrell (Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, 2014, etc.) connects the lives of three unique 20th-century women. 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 >

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OLIVER by Judith Rossell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Next time your child asks to shove a banana down the drain, go for it. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Oliver goes down the drain, literally… maybe. Read full book review >

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SISTERS by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A terrific combination. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unlike many other adoption tales where a new sibling arrives from overseas, Kika is not a baby when she arrives but similar in age and size to Melissa, who eagerly anticipates Kika's arrival. Read full book review >

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FIELD DAY FRIDAY by Judith Caseley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Despite his setback, Mickey learns a vital lesson about winning, losing, and the true value of friends. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Caseley (Mickey's Class Play, not reviewed, etc.) continues the (mis)adventures of Mickey, in a poignant tale about winning and losing. Read full book review >

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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 >