Search Results: "Karen Deans"


BOOK REVIEW

SWING SISTERS by Karen Deans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"An appealing and informative composition aimed at a younger audience than Marilyn Nelson and Jerry Pinkney's Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009). (author's note, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 6-9)"
Women! Jazz! Integration! Read full book review >

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PLAYING TO WIN by Karen Deans
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The backmatter includes a brief author's note, time line, bibliography and websites. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
Powerful mixed-media illustrations depict the life and career of tennis great Althea Gibson, the first African-American to win at Wimbledon. Read full book review >

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RIDING OUT THE STORM by Sis Deans
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Both compassionate and amusing, with memorable characters, if a bit light on plot and heavy on message. (author's note) (Fiction. 12-16)"
If your brother is "mental," what does that say about you? Read full book review >

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EVERY DAY AND ALL THE TIME by Sis Deans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A likable heroine and a poignant story, but nothing else here to capture the imagination. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A clever protagonist surrounded by stock characters and setting heals after the death of her brother. Read full book review >

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RAINY by Sis Deans
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"However, despite the story's shortcomings, the very clear picture of how Rainy's mind works will bring acknowledgment to children suffering from ADHD and understanding to those who don't. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A perpetual "wiggle-worm" and already kicked out of three schools, ten-year-old Rainy Tucker has ADHD, and she has it bad. Read full book review >

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RACING THE PAST by Sis Deans
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"They'll think that, after all he's been through, Ricky deserves all the breaks he can get. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Many readers will want to give 11-year-old Ricky Gordon, the protagonist of this fast-paced novel, a reassuring hug. Read full book review >

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THE DEFENESTRATION OF BOB T. HASH III by David Deans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Outrageous naming (Harry Dig, the undertaker; Miss Happ, an office worker) and absurd narrative techniques can't rescue this novel from being self-consciously cute and overly clever."
A parrot turns into a human in this debut novel from Scotland native Deans. 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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BOOK REVIEW

ROSIE GOES TO PRESCHOOL by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 7, 2015

"Rosie provides a delightful introduction to preschool that will soothe first-day worries. (Picture book. 2-5)"
An endearing guide shows young children what preschool will be like. Read full book review >

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BABY LOVES SPRING! by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Cheery characters in bright spring shades usher in the season. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
A toddler in bright red galoshes and a rubber-duck yellow raincoat splashes through her world. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS BABY by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"This sparkly, lighthearted tale is bound to enchant hopeful young ladies-in-waiting. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Katz's latest work is ideal for the early-preschool and toddler set. Read full book review >

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SHAKE IT UP, BABY! by Karen Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2009

"And it makes noise. (1-2)"
A plastic rattle embedded in the spine promises a two-in-one literary treat. Read full book review >