Search Results: "Kathleen Kemly"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A pleasing historical tidbit. (author's note, acknowledgments) (Picture book. 5-9)"
The first American female firefighter was an African-American cook in the first quarter of the 19th century in New York City. Read full book review >

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A MOTHER’S SONG by Janet Lawler
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"There's no question this mother-daughter pair is enjoying each other's company, but this is far from the only book with such a portrayal. (Picture book. 3-5)"
From spring through winter a mother celebrates her bond with her daughter in syrupy, limping doggerel. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN’T DO THAT, AMELIA! by Kimberly Wagner Klier
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Kemly's soft illustrations suit this heavily fictionalized portrait of a stalwart heroine, which, despite its flaws, will likely inspire young readers and lead to further investigation. (biographical information, timeline, bibliography, resources, author's note) (Picture book. 5-9)"
As a girl, despite her cousins' claims she couldn't, Amelia Earhart built a roller coaster using wood and roller-skate wheels so that she could feel like she was flying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A FISHING SURPRISE by Rae A. McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A gentle lesson that nature always provides if we are gracious enough to accept what she offers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this delightfully simple offering, a boy and a girl spend the day fishing, hoping to catch some fish to fry for supper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLDEN DELICIOUS by Anna Egan Smucker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A standout amidst the proliferation of apple books found in elementary classrooms. (author's note) (Picture book. 6-10)"
This lightly fictionalized story of the golden delicious apple truly reads like a fairy tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INSIDE HUMAN BODY by Aron Bruhn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

This survey of body systems tries too hard for a broad audience, mixing paragraphs of lines like, "Without bones we would just be bags of goop," printed in slightly larger type, with brief but specific discussions of osteoblasts, myofibrils, peristalsis and like parts and functions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RABBITS ARE COMING! by Kathleen Bullock
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 1991

"A thoroughly enjoyable romp. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In an appealing wordless book, a score of rabbits, each with a balloon, leave Mom and their home in the woods for a joyous escapade, hopping over the fields and into the house of an astonished family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD TICKETS by Kathleen O’Dell
FICTION
Released: April 10, 2007

"Although she sets her story in the '60s counterculture, today's readers will find no generation gap when it comes to Mary Margaret's questioning of friends, family and religion and her pressures and experimentation with sex, drugs and rock-'n'-roll. (Fiction. YA)"
"Everything normal makes me sick," espouses Catholic high-schooler Mary Margaret Hallinan during the Summer of Love of 1967. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Thoughtful and captivating. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Agnes (13) is back, and this time she's in seventh grade. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BETRAYAL AT CROSS CREEK by Kathleen Ernst
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Still, a grand read and an important addition for this age group about the Revolutionary War. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
The American Revolution smolders in the North Carolina hills in 1775; for the thousands of recently immigrated Scots settlers, choosing sides is very difficult. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE NEW YOU by Kathleen Leverich
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An engaging and enjoyably limned journey to self-discovery. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this slim and breezy read, Leverich combines the universal problem of fitting in at a new school with a thought-provoking fantasy. Read full book review >