Search Results: "Kathleen Van Cleve"


BOOK REVIEW

DRIZZLE by Kathleen Van Cleve
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Despite references to genetics, laboratory research and classroom-science experiments, the novel ignores fundamentals of the natural world—chief among them, the interconnected and vulnerable web of life. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Narrating this rambling fantasy is 11-year-old Polly Peabody, whose family owns a magical rhubarb (chocolate and medicinal varieties) farm, open to the public with a lake, umbrella ride and other attractions. Read full book review >

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WHEN WE RISE by Cleve Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"The frank and sometimes-graphic timeline of one gay man's life, his involvement in promoting gay rights, and the AIDS epidemic."
A key member of the San Francisco gay movement traces his life story. Read full book review >

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NEW IN FEBRUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

Is it too late to put together a short list of the February books I’m looking forward to? Ah well, I’m sorry—that question was clearly disingenuous, because obviously I’ve made the list regardless. There are so, so many new releases to be excited about, and the fact that I have a big pile of them on hand makes the sixteen ...


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BOOK REVIEW

A COLOR SAMPLER by Kathleen Westray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Solid, useful information in attractive format. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
A straightforward explication of color basics, telling how primary colors are mixed to make secondary and intermediate colors; how other hues are created, including the darkening, lightening, and muting effects of black and white; and how pattern and juxtaposition change the eye's response and create optical illusions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HANDSIGNS by Kathleen Fain
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Not as imaginative as Laura Rankin's The Handmade Alphabet (1991), but a useful addition to a small field and a fine illustration debut for Fain. (Picture book. 3-9)"
To introduce American Sign, ``the fourth most-used language in the United States,'' a simple alphabet, from anteater to zebra, in a generous square format that nicely accommodates appealing, handsomely designed color portraits of the animals- -quietly escaping their boundaries into the surrounding white space—plus, on each page, the appropriate letter (cap and l.c.) and a clear depiction of its handsign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BORN FOR ADVENTURE by Kathleen Karr
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Karr's story has plenty of humor and gives readers a front-row seat in one of Stanley's thrilling yet perilous expeditions. (author note) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Karr's latest is a fictionalized account of Henry Morton Stanley's Expedition for the Relief of Emin Pasha of 1887. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORTUNE’S FOOL by Kathleen Karr
ADVENTURE
Released: May 13, 2008

"Fortune at least seems to be smiling on him at the end, and his distinct narrative voice and sturdy optimism will put readers solidly on his side. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Wearied of whippings and scorn, a young Fool escapes his overlord and sets out in search of a more congenial employer in this robust 14th-century tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Absorbing and unwaveringly suspenseful. (Fantasy. YA)"
Thrumming with dense, meaningful tension from first page to last, this middle installment in the Resurrection of Magic trilogy follows the two plotlines established in the first volume, Skin Hunger (2007), through despair, oppression and rare moments of hope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BONE DRY by Kathleen Karr
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Still, readers with a willingness to surrender their disbelief will enjoy this offering for the swashbuckling, occasionally bloody, and frequently hilarious adventure it is. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It isn't easy being assistant to Dr. Asa B. Cornwall, phrenologist, flimflam artist, and genius. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKULLDUGGERY by Kathleen Karr
Released: March 1, 2000

"Helena and involves the body of Napoleon himself; this novel is rich in period color and good old-fashioned derring-do. (Fiction. 9-12)"
PLB 0-7868-2439-5 From Karr (Man of the Family, p. 1312, etc.), a historical novel that is remarkably cheerful, considering that among its key elements are grave-robbing and a hideous criminal on the prowl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYING WITH FIRE by Kathleen Karr
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readers will admire Greer for the plucky way she stands up to her mother's menacing impresario, and though the wrap-up seems too quick, the prospect of a sunnier future for Greer and her mother ends the tale on a satisfyingly rising note. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Supposedly rigged séances summon a genuine Presence through the Infernal Gates in this deliciously melodramatic page-turner, set in the Roaring '20s. Read full book review >