Search Results: "Karen Cushman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"With a story that is less a period piece than a timeless and richly comic coming-of-age story, Cushman remains on a roll. (Fiction. 10- 13)"
The recent Newbery medalist plunks down two more strong-minded women, this time in an 1849 mining camp—a milieu far removed from the Middle Ages of her first novels, but not all that different when it comes to living standards. Read full book review >

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ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"A gem. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY by Karen Cushman
Released: April 18, 1994

"Historical note. (Fiction. 12+)"
Unwillingly keeping a journal at the behest of her brother, a monk, Birdy (daughter of a 13th-century knight) makes a terse first entry—"I am bit by fleas and plagued by family. Read full book review >

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THE LOUD SILENCE OF FRANCINE GREEN by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"Though not a happily-ever-after tale, it dramatizes how one person can stand up to unfairness, be it in front of Senate hearings or in the classroom. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1949, and 13-year-old Francine Green lives in "the land of ‘Sit down, Francine' and ‘Be quiet, Francine' " at All Saints School for Girls in Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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MATILDA BONE by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"But in the end, Matilda herself comes off, as the saints themselves conclude, as a rather tiresome prig whose journey towards self-discovery, while rich in incident, may not hold quite enough overall plot tension to compel every reader. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a carefully researched novel set in the medieval period, the author of The Midwife's Apprentice (1996 Newbery winner) depicts another vivid heroine, left alone to make her place in the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"In the interim, however, this serves as a fine introduction to a stimulating thinker whose influence continues to rise as therapy becomes more pragmatic and less dogmatic."
Eminently useful, although somewhat contradictory, this admiring intellectual biography of an iconoclastic psychoanalyst recapitulates the strengths and weaknesses of its subject's thought. Read full book review >

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GRAYLING'S SONG by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Despite her self-doubt, Grayling is cut from the same cloth as the author's other sturdy heroines, but she is also an entirely original and endearing character that readers will cheer on as she seeks to save her mother and return her world to rights. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A timid young girl must venture out into the wider world in an effort to find allies and save her mother from malignant magic. Read full book review >

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WILL SPARROW'S ROAD by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A compelling coming-of-age road trip. (author's note, suggested reading, selected resources) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In Elizabethan England, young Will hits the road with an assortment of human characters and Duchess, one smart pig. Read full book review >

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RODZINA by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2003

"Cushman (Matilda Bone, 2000, etc.) as usual conveys a contemporary feel without anachronism, and the conclusion of Rodzina's journey, though unsurprising, is an agreeable one. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Young, self-reliant, resilient Rodzina (from the Polish for "family") Read full book review >

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THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE by Karen Cushman
FICTION
Released: March 27, 1995

"It's a rouser for all times. (Fiction. 12+)"
During the Middle Ages, an itinerant girl of about 12 or 13 who knows "no home and no mother and no name but Brat" finds refuge one night by burrowing into a village dung heap where the warm, rotting muck will protect her from the bitter cold. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KAREN MEMORY by Elizabeth Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Supplies all the Bear necessities: strong female characters, existential threats, intriguing developments and a touch of the light fantastic."
Steampunk: Something of a new venture for Bear, whose previous output (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.) has ranged from heroic fantasy to science fiction, often with an embedded murder mystery.Read full book review >

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Karen Lost and Found by Karen Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"An unforgettable memoir about a lesser-known legacy of domestic violence."
Wilson's first-person account of living with a traumatic brain injury. Read full book review >