Search Results: "Karen Rostoker-Gruber"


BOOK REVIEW

MADDIE THE MITZVAH CLOWN by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Describing a different way to give back to the community (and help oneself), this cheery outing should not be confined to its Jewish context. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Maddie, a young mouse, loses her shyness when she realizes that she can make others laugh. Read full book review >

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BANDIT’S SURPRISE by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

Rostoker-Gruber and Nguyen give Bandit a new sibling in this sequel to Bandit (2008), in which he got a new home. Read full book review >

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FERRET FUN by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Just enough lesson hidden in the fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Fudge and Einstein were perfectly happy ferrets until Andrea, their owner, brought a surprise visitor into the house. Read full book review >

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ROOSTER CAN’T COCK-A-DOODLE-DOO by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Rooster might be under the weather, but his well-written story leaves the reader feeling just fine. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Pity poor Rooster—he has a terrible sore throat, his tail feathers are drooping, and he can't possibly do his cock-a-doodle-doo to get the farm going in the morning. Read full book review >

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FARMER KOBI'S HANUKKAH MATCH by Karen Rostoker-Gruber
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"Though Hanukkah takes something of a back seat, this funny, friendly tale is a worthy addition to the holiday shelves. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An Israeli farmer's menagerie proves to be both a hindrance and an asset when making the perfect romantic match. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"A woman to admire, with a remarkable story that's undercut by lackluster prose and a tendency to deal superficially with the darker side of times past."
Full of record accomplishments—youngest Ph.D. in Germany, first American correspondent to travel to the Soviet Arctic—this memoir of her 1920's and 30's by veteran journalist Gruber (Rescue, 1987, etc.) is high on action but low on analysis. 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

INSIDE OF TIME by Ruth Gruber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Witness to worlds in the midst of radical change, the author gives a commonplace appeal to the momentous events with her ingenuous storytelling."
Intriguing historical circumstances and a big heart distinguish this second memoir by Gruber (Ahead of Time, 1991, etc.), onetime official in the FDR Administration and a Mideast correspondent during the postwar years that saw the birth of Israel. Read full book review >

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THE FORGERY OF VENUS by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2008

"Fast, frightening and, as usual, richly imagined."
The stupendous talent of an otherwise wasted illustrator pushes him to the edge of madness and leads to the creation of an original work by a master who has been dead for centuries. Read full book review >

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VALLEY OF THE BONES by Michael Gruber
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"No second-novel slump here. Gruber has drawn even with John Sandford and has power to spare."
Afro-Cuban Miami detective Iago Paz, policeman, chef, and heartthrob hero of Gruber's superb 2003 debut (Tropic of Night), returns to sort out the defenestration of a spectacularly nasty Sudanese petro-thug. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD SON by Michael Gruber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2010

"Smart, tense and vastly entertaining."
A son reconnects with his past as he goes to astonishing lengths to save his mother from the radicals who have kidnapped her. Read full book review >