Search Results: "Karen English"


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SKATEBOARD PARTY by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A welcome series addition that emphasizes familiarity instead of difference and treats its message with an affectionately light hand. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Richard dreams of landing the perfect flat-ground Ollie, but before he can attempt the daring skateboard feat, he must recover from an earlier trick that he played on his parents by concealing a teacher's note informing his parents of lackluster effort. Read full book review >

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NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 21, 2008

"English nicely fills an underdeveloped area—this is a first-chapter book featuring African-American girls, and race is presented as an attribute of the characters rather than as an issue. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nikki and Deja are best friends, next-door neighbors and schoolmates. Read full book review >

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NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2011

"While beginning chapter books with African-American characters are rare and usually welcome, this particular installment in a usually sunny series falls flat. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Best friends Nikki and Deja are back in a tale of school elections and friendship. Read full book review >

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DON'T FEED THE GECKOS! by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"The series continues to present appealing and likable characters gently exploring the moral dilemmas of childhood. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Bernardo, Carlos' cousin whom he hasn't seen in years, is temporarily moving in with Carlos and his family. Read full book review >

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WEDDING DRAMA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"Readers of this series will long for some character development; it would be nice to see the girls grow more empathetic along the way. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third grade continues to be a series of ups and downs for best friends Nikki and Deja. Read full book review >

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FRANCIE by Karen English
Released: Oct. 13, 1999

"This inexplicable ending mars an otherwise compelling story about the sheer exhaustion, fear, and frustration suffered by many poor African-Americans in the rural south. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In pre-Civil Rights rural Alabama, Francie goes to school and works, helping her mother as a maid for white families in town. Read full book review >

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IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slice of African-American life seldom explored in stories for young people and a must for readers of middle-grade fiction. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Sophie is the younger of two sisters in an upper-middle-class African-American family in 1965 Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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STRAWBERRY MOON by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"Although The Emperor's Egg, by Martin Jenkins (1999), covers similar territory, school and public libraries will find this title useful for elementary school science reports and nature lovers will love the pictures. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Pity the poor papa penguin as he perseveres in protecting his precious progeny. Read full book review >

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NIKKI & DEJA by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 19, 2009

"Likable and independent African-American girls are a rare find in early chapter books—let's hope these two can start a trend. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Little girls, little girls…they can be mean sometimes. Read full book review >

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JUST RIGHT STEW by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Rich's illustrations add immeasurably to the mix, vividly depicting the gathering of big, bold personalities as the family converges on the pot of stew. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This charmer of a story revolves around the construction of an oxtail stew as witnessed by Victoria, a loving granddaughter who knows how to keep a secret. Read full book review >

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THE BABY ON THE WAY by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"In the end, suggesting that Jamal may one day himself be asked the same question, Grandma offers to tell him about when he was the baby on the way—and what young listeners won't want to hear their own versions of that story? (Picture book. 5-8)"
A child's question to his grandma opens a window to another time and place in this intimate, intergenerational conversation. Read full book review >

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HOT DAY ON ABBOTT AVENUE by Karen English
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 2004

"So good!' (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's a hot day—it's also a "best-friend-breakup day." Read full book review >