Search Results: "Julie Olson"


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TICKLE, TICKLE! ITCH, TWITCH! by Julie Olson
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

A mischievous mouse plays a trick on a slumbering groundhog. Read full book review >

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LITTLE PENGUIN by Jonathan London
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Not the most factual or fascinating book on the penguin shelf, still this offers a chick's point of view, which may appeal to younger audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children are introduced to emperor penguins, the largest of the penguin species, as readers follow a single emperor chick from his hatching to his first swim in the sea at five months of age. Read full book review >

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THE CHIHUAHUA CHASE by A.E. Cannon
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"Not the leader of the pack. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Fourth grader Addie May and her frenemy Teddy find more than they bargained for in the run-up to the big Chihuahua race downtown. Read full book review >

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DEAR CINDERELLA by Mary Jane Kensington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Even the glittery cover can't save Cinderella and Snow White from this treatment. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Cinderella and Snow White engage in vapid correspondence. Read full book review >

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HIP, HIP, HOORAY FOR ANNIE MCRAE! by Brad Wilcox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The lesson is clear, but it is unlikely that an eight-year-old would be able to learn it by herself overnight and what's with those suddenly inattentive grown-ups, anyway? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Annie McRae is used to everyone cheering when she does something good, until one day everyone is too busy to cheer and she finds that maybe she can be her own best cheerleader. Read full book review >

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THE ICON by Neil Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"A passable debut with good scenery."
Old enemies from the partisan warfare in WWII Greece bring their various lusts for an ancient Byzantine icon to New York City and Westchester. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Feel-good histories of World War II have fallen out of fashion, but Britain's sole stand against Hitler remains inspiring. Despite the title, the occupied nations that she sheltered did not 'turn the tide,' but Olson delivers an engrossing, sometimes-disturbing account of their energetic efforts."
A "rich, intensely human story" of European cooperation during World War II. Read full book review >

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WRITE LETTER TO BILLY by Toby Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The bottom line: too much going on, too many coincidences to allow either the mystery or the search for deeper meaning to become credible."
An unsolved murder pulls together the varied threads of a story that relies heavily on coincidence in reuniting a father with his teenaged daughter, and a brother with his Siamese twin, while also self-consciously exploring memory and identity. Read full book review >

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SEAVIEW by Toby Olson
Released: March 1, 1982

"Unfortunately, however, the disastrous overload of the rest—with Olson attempting to put Indians, cancer, golf, and drugs in one lumpy narrative package—means that only intrepid, boredom-tolerant readers will come upon the genuinely fine moments here."
Though certainly a failure—ponderous, unpaced, lurching, implausible—poet Olson's second work of fiction (The Life of Jesus was his first) nonetheless has about it an imagistic, visionary hunger that's striking, that sets it apart. Read full book review >

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AT SEA by Toby Olson
Released: May 1, 1993

"Instead of dragging down Olson's imagination, the formulaic conventions actually provide backbone for this pipe-dream of a cop story."
Olson's feverish novels (Utah, 1987, etc.) have always leaned toward menace, and it's not surprising to see him try his hand at a true-blue detective story. Read full book review >

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CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF JESUS by Toby Olson
Released: Nov. 1, 1976

"A myth of initiation, then—intimate, truly touching, original."
I think there is one thing we hold in common," the narrator of this surrealist myth begins, "in our secret hearts, we each believe we were born of a virgin. . . . Read full book review >