Search Results: "Judy Finchler"


BOOK REVIEW

MISS MALARKEY WON'T BE IN TODAY by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"O'Malley's artwork, filled with humor and strong on facial expressions, conveys all the anxiety a teacher can muster as she speculates about her absence and its consequences. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A worthy sequel to Finchler and O'Malley's Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 (1995). Read full book review >

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TESTING MISS MALARKEY by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Finchler (Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today, 1998, etc.) conveys the hubbub surrounding the 'test of no import' with dash and humor, while O'Malley's drawings of the hang-dog teachers work just right for the fraught atmosphere. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Finding humor in standardized testing is no easy task, but the creators of Miss Malarkey and crew know just where to look. Read full book review >

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YOU’RE A GOOD SPORT, MISS MALARKEY by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"It couldn't hurt. (Picture book. 5-10)"
Another installment in this ongoing author and illustrator collaboration (Testing Miss Malarkey, 2000, etc.) explores Miss Malarkey's sojourn as the new soccer coach. Read full book review >

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MISS MALARKEY DOESN'T LIVE IN ROOM 10 by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 1995

"On the whole, though, the spare language and bright, expressive pictures make it a rewarding read. (Picture book. 4-6)"
As the narrator knows (the rest of the world has been misinformed), teachers don't go home after school, but spend their lives sleeping in the classroom, roaming the corridors, and taking meals in the lunchroom. Read full book review >

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CONGRATULATIONS, MISS MALARKEY!  by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"While the climax is decidedly anticlimactic—she returns after her honeymoon and tells the narrator to call her 'Mrs. Malarkey'—the emotional journey of the children is both very real and rarely seen in books for this age. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Miss Malarkey has been acting really strange lately." Read full book review >

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MISS MALARKEY’S FIELD TRIP by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2004

Fledgling teacher Miss Malarkey's real education continues in another spot-on slice of school life. Read full book review >

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MISS MALARKEY LEAVES NO READER BEHIND by Judy Finchler
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"She finally brings home the bacon with a title that is the narrator's to know and readers to find out (though Finchler lends a hand with solid lists of titles, including one about finding books to love). (Picture book. 5-8)"
Miss Malarkey, school librarian, has set a goal to have the school read 1,000 books before the end of the school year, and to find a book for each and every student to love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Haunting and compelling. (map) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Thousands of boys ages 8-18, displaced by the Sudan's bloody civil war, have taken refuge in Natinga, in southern Sudan, in a camp protected by the Sudanese People's Liberation Army. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT I SAW AND HOW I LIED by Judy Blundell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Disappointing. (Mystery/historical fiction. YA)"
Spontaneously moving to Florida seems like a dream come true to 15-year-old Evie, her mother, Beverly, and her stepfather, Joe, newly home from World War II. Read full book review >

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FORBIDDEN by Judy Waite
FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Not particularly subtle, but gripping and memorable. (Fiction. YA)"
Absorbing inside perspective of life in a cult, told in a first-person limited voice. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE FUDGE by Judy Blume
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A few laughs can not redeem this busy, surprisingly unfunny book. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fudge Hatcher and his friends are back in the fifth installment of Blume's popular series. Read full book review >