Search Results: "Kathryn Erskine"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ABSOLUTE VALUE OF MIKE by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2011

"A satisfying story of family, friendship and small-town cooperation in a 21st-century world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Sent to stay with octogenarian relatives for the summer, 14-year-old Mike ends up coordinating a community drive to raise $40,000 for the adoption of a Romanian orphan. He'll never be his dad's kind of engineer, but he learns he's great at human engineering. Read full book review >

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QUAKING by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2007

"A good discussion starter on several levels. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Matt (short for Matilda and not Mattie, thank you) is a teenager whose experiences in the foster system have made her ruefully cynical and bitter. Read full book review >

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THE BADGER KNIGHT by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"The moral is common, but the unusual setting highlights the message that people aren't so different from one another; fans of Karen Cushman will enjoy this. (glossary, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
Erskine uses the strife of medieval England as a backdrop to explore differences, puberty and the divided loyalties of war. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE MAGIC OF BEING by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A timeless and affecting, slightly paranormal exploration of familial attachments. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Nine-year-old Julian is gifted both emotionally and intellectually, but these assets come at a sometimes-distressing cost. Read full book review >

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SEEING RED by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Erskine redeems many faults with a clear passion for racial justice and hope for change. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Big changes are coming to small-town Virginia in 1972. Read full book review >

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MOCKINGBIRD by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"Erskine draws directly and indirectly on To Kill a Mockingbird and riffs on its central theme: The destruction of an innocent is perhaps both the deepest kind of psychosocial wound a community can face and its greatest opportunity for psychological and spiritual growth. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This heartbreaking story is delivered in the straightforward, often funny voice of a fifth-grade girl with Asperger's syndrome, who is frustrated by her inability to put herself in someone else's shoes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUAKING by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2007

"A good discussion starter on several levels. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Matt (short for Matilda and not Mattie, thank you) is a teenager whose experiences in the foster system have made her ruefully cynical and bitter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"While Klevar suggests that Helen and poverty lay behind the creative period of the 30's—that in capturing the popular voice, Caldwell alienated the critics—his respect for the mystery of Caldwell exceeds the temptation of such easy answers. (Twenty-nine illustrations)"
Klevar (Anthropology/Luther College) was following a childhood fascination with Tobacco Road when he met the aging, laconic, and secretive Caldwell (1903-87) and gained permission to write his authorized biography—a task he fulfills here with tact, dignity, sympathy, and in a self-effacing style that Caldwell would have liked. Read full book review >

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MAMA AFRICA! by Kathryn Erskine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An excellent perspective from which American readers can learn about apartheid and one of the pioneers who fought it through her art. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Buoyed by the work of Nelson Mandela and the music of Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Miriam sang to make black South Africans free. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 1995

"Miller reveals, but never really explores, the complexities and inconsistencies of a man who wrote both first-rate fiction and disposable prose."
An engaging, if unchallenging, account of an author whose route into—and out of—literary celebrity makes him seem, for better and worse, a man of his time. Read full book review >