Search Results: "Kat Whelan"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE LITTLE BLUEBERRY by Tammi Salzano
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Breezy and sweet fare. (Picture book. 1-4)"
One lone blueberry's journey from bush to treat forms the narrative thread for this nimble counting tale. Read full book review >

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INLAND by Kat Rosenfield
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 12, 2014

"Unfortunately, both haphazard plotting and inadequate articulation of Callie's heritage make understanding the truth of her story difficult. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A move from Wyoming to the Gulf Coast improves Callie's debilitating asthma while also awakening a dark inner voice that lures her toward the open ocean, where her mother drowned years earlier. Read full book review >

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THE WAY TO BEA by Kat Yeh
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Gets to the heart of middle school awkwardness like a sympathetic haiku. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Yeh (The Truth about Twinkie Pie, 2015) explores mazes, friendship, and individuality. Read full book review >

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THE ALCHEMY OF ILLNESS by Kat Duff
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1993

"Readers accustomed to more straightforward accounts may find Duff's musings difficult to accept; still, her insights into common attitudes toward illness, and into the changes wrought in an individual by illness, are often enlightening."
From the sickbed of a woman of ``mystical temperament'': very personal, sometimes quirky, essays on illness, blending 20th-century psychology with holistic spirituality. Read full book review >

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MURDER BY ANCIENT DESIGN by Kat Goldring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"Readers unimpressed by the improbable plot and ditzy heroine will still be kept guessing—or will stay confused—until the very end."
A Texas schoolteacher stumbles into a series of incidents as perilous as they are unlikely. Read full book review >

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ALL MY NOBLE DREAMS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"An entertaining, if fanciful look at colonial India in transition. (author's note, text of Gandhi's letter of 1920, glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this sequel to Small Acts of Amazing Courage (2011), heroine Rosalind dances with the Prince of Wales during his 1921 visit to India and does her bit for Gandhi's independence movement. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Like its predecessor, this offering takes 21st-century American readers back to a time and place largely ignored in children's literature; it is a pity that this time and place are not made more immediate and vivid. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The year is 1934, and Stalin has begun his own reign of terror, rounding up political dissidents under the slightest pretext. Read full book review >

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CHU JU’S HOUSE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Well-done and convincing. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju makes the wrenching decision to leave her peasant farm home and baby sister in post-Cultural Revolution China in order to give her parents one last chance at a pregnancy and a yearned-for son. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER THE TRAIN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Reductive morality and characterizations muffle the meaningful core of this post-World War II identity crisis. Read full book review >

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THE LOCKED GARDEN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"While some plot details are convenient, this exceptional story never lets the focus override the characterization. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
From page one, National Book Award winner Whelan establishes a strong sense of time, unusual setting and characters—an asylum for the mentally ill in 20th-century Michigan. Read full book review >

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PARADE OF SHADOWS by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Though a map would be useful for a work so rooted in time and place, and the epilogue seems unfinished, Whelan has crafted yet another fine work of historical fiction with a likable and strong-willed heroine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1907, and 16-year-old Julia Hamilton has left behind her sheltered British schoolgirl life to travel with her father to the Levant, "the lands around the distant Mediterranean with exotic names like Syria and Jerusalem." Read full book review >