Search Results: "Katherine Paterson"


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STORIES OF MY LIFE by Katherine Paterson
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"Paterson's legions of fans, young and old, will welcome this peek into her life and process. (timeline, family tree) (Memoir.14 & up)"
The noted writer offers both stories about her life and insights into where her book ideas came from. Read full book review >

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THE DAY OF THE PELICAN by Katherine Paterson
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Nonetheless, a solid addition to the scant offerings on this subject. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
A realistically harsh yet hopeful account of an Albanian Kosovar family's flight from the violence ravaging their beloved home. Read full book review >

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THE SAME STUFF AS STARS by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"If she's almost too good to be true—constantly buckling seat belts, lecturing on the five food groups, and fussing over proper outerwear in the cold—readers will recognize her and root for her because the odds are so badly stacked against her. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently written tale of family caught in the most corrosive of situations, this is a story of guilt and reconciliation. Read full book review >

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FLIP-FLOP GIRL by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Touching, engrossing, beautifully wrought. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Paterson writes of today's gritty reality in an easily read story about a fourth grader whose father's death has thrown her family out of balance. Read full book review >

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JIP, HIS STORY by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Regardless, this is fine historical fiction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Set in the 1850s, this story centers on a boy named for his supposed abandonment by gypsies and for his swarthy complexion. Read full book review >

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JACOB HAVE I LOVED by Katherine Paterson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 22, 1980

"Louise's earlier, intense feelings evoke recognition and sympathy, but this hasn't the resonant clarity of Bridge to Terabitha or The Great Gilly Hopkins."
We meet Louise Bradshaw in the summer of 1941, smarting under the disproportionate attention lavished on her fragile, musically talented twin sister Caroline since their birth 13 years earlier. Read full book review >

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PARK'S QUEST by Katherine Paterson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1988

"Park's quest is a fine journey of discovery, and the characters he meets are uniquely memorable."
In a multilayered novel filled with themes of reconciliation and renewal, the two-time Newbery winner draws parallels between a boy's quest for the family of his father, killed in Vietnam, and the Arthurian legends. Read full book review >

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LYDDIE by Katherine Paterson
Released: March 1, 1991

"Deftly plotted and rich in incident, a well-researched picture of the period—and a memorable portrait of an untutored but intelligent young woman making her way against fierce odds."
Abandoned by their mother, whose mental stability has been crumbling since her husband went west, Lyddie and her brother Charlie manage alone through a Vermont winter. Read full book review >

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OF NIGHTINGALES THAT WEEP by Haru Wells
FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1974

"Again the exquisitely reconstructed backgrounds and episodes and the gradual character development will induce admirers of historical fiction to share Takiko's experience of her times and follow her dramatic progress from innocence to extremity."
Like Muna in The Sign of the Chrysanthemum (KR, 1973) Takiko, the daughter of a samurai, is a young teenager in 12th century Japan who loses a parent and moves about on her own during the wars between the Heike and the Genii dans. Read full book review >

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CELIA AND THE SWEET, SWEET WATER by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1998

"Paterson's storytelling makes this a cut above many happily-ever-after tales, and Vagin's use of line in his fine paintings matches the story's style and tone. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Paterson (Parzival, p. 60, etc.) presents an original story with the age-old feel of a classic as she conjures up a brave and good-hearted heroine, a curmugeonly canine companion, and an adventurous journey through—where else?—the deep, dark forest. Read full book review >

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THE KING'S EQUAL by Katherine Paterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A handsome book; an entertaining, thought-provoking story. (Fiction/Young reader. 7-10)"
On his deathbed, the wise old king decrees that his arrogant son will not inherit the crown until he marries "a woman who is your equal in beauty and intelligence and wealth." Read full book review >

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BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA by Donna Diamond
FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1977

"You'll remember her too."
Paterson, who has already earned regard with her historical fiction set in Japan, proves to be just as eloquent and assured when dealing with contemporary American children—and Americans of very different backgrounds at that. Read full book review >