Search Results: "Karen Ackerman"


BOOK REVIEW

BINGLEMAN'S MIDWAY by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"If Ackerman positions herself inside the story, Moser is outside; jointly they effect the lure of the midway, perhaps appreciated most by those who can never be part of it. (Picture book. 7-10)"
The narrator goes with his father to Bingleman's Midway, a carnival set up not far from their Ohio farmhouse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHEN MAMA RETIRES by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 1992

"An attractive book that balances a period setting and a contemporary concern with brisk good humor. (Picture book. 4-9)"
When Mama talks about retiring, it's housework she's planning to give up: with Dad overseas, she's joining other women contributing to the WW II effort by working in factories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I KNOW A PLACE by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Specific enough to hold attention but universal in appeal; an effective tribute to home and family. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Secure in her family, a little girl describes one happy day, introducing each detail with the phrase: ``I know a place where pillows are fluffed...and stray clothes picked up from the floor.'' In this cheerful place, food is nourishing, everyone is productively occupied (Mom makes muffins but also works at a computer while the baby plays beneath her), and there are lots of companionable moments (popping corn, reading together), all brought warmly to life in Ray's softly glowing art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BROKEN BOY by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Still, the dialogue is witty and offbeat, the situation engrossing, the characters perceptively drawn, and the outcome moving and credible—though Daniel may not recover from his suicide attempt, others are seeking new reconciliations as a result of it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When the Ferrises move in next door, where Solly Freedom's aged friend Mrs. Sawyer used to live, Solly's family takes their oddities in stride; after all, Solly's parents came of age in the 60's and have their own idiosyncracies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOVEABLE MABELINE by Karen Ackerman
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

Isobel and Mimi yearn after the pretty, unusual doll in the shop window, but despite their happy daydreams she's not destined to be theirs—until years later, when they happen On her in an antique shop and buy her for Isobel's granddaughter. Read full book review >

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BY THE DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT by Karen Ackerman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Also available in Spanish (ISBN: 0-689-31917-7). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rachel introduces her family—Mom, Nana, and younger brother Josh—and describes life with a mother who works a ``graveyard shift,'' detailing her workday at a factory and the concurrent events at home from dinner and bedtime to ``the dawn's early light''—a special time the children sometimes share with Mom by getting up at 4 a.m. when she gets home. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT CROSSING by Karen Ackerman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"B&w illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
With the air of family history reshaped as fiction, a Jewish family's escape on foot from Innsbruck to Switzerland just after Hitler's 1938 annexation of Austria. Read full book review >

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KAREN ENGLISH
by Megan Labrise

The inspiration for Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Karen English’s latest middle grade novel all comes down to one unforgettable quote.

“We had a housekeeper,” says English, who was born in 1954 and grew up in Los Angeles, “and she pulled me aside one day, when I was about nine, and told me that, if I ever went ...


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