Search Results: "Katherine Paterson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 24, 1981

"Reading them in one lump tends to clot one's consciousness."
Several of Paterson's Washington Post Book World reviews, articles from The Writer, her award acceptance speeches, and some original chapters on her own writing and her thoughts on writing for young people—collected here, she says, for her adult readers, "not all [of them] librarians or teachers," just people who "have learned. . . truly how to read." Read full book review >

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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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THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS by Katherine Paterson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1978

"Without a hint of the prevailing maudlin realism, Paterson takes up a common 'problem' situation and makes it genuinely moving, frequently funny, and sparkling with memorable encounters."
Paterson's bright eleven-year-old has a lot in common with: other foster children we've met in fiction: sulky, surface-tough, perversely set on being "hard to manage," determined after several rejections never to accept an overture, and still cherishing the fantasy that her real mother will come to her rescue. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1979

"This is several notches above the usual Christmas story collection, and a boon for groups concerned with the meaning of the holiday."
Paterson's well-tuned, sentimental Christmas stories seem less well suited to a children's book than to a family magazine, especially a church magazine—and indeed the flap tells us that they were originally read in Christmas Eve church services by the author's minister husband. 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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"An outstanding contribution."
A cruel Japanese lord is preparing to execute Yasuko, the kitchen maid who set free a lovely mandarin drake the lord had in captivity, and Shozor, the one-eyed servant who tried to take the blame in her place. 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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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 >