Search Results: "Kathryn Lasky"


BOOK REVIEW

DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA by Kathryn Lasky
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A good bet for upper middle-grade and early YA readers. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Orphan Hannah Albury, 15, the engagingly demure yet plucky heroine, has always been drawn to the ocean. Read full book review >

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MEMOIRS OF A BOOKBAT by Kathryn Lasky
FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Lasky's obvious sympathies are sure to strike a responsive chord among the like-minded; her many specific references to children's literature enrich Harper's accessible first-person narrative. (Fiction. 12+)"
Harper Jessup's parents' arguments and drinking stopped seven years ago when they began to work for F.A.C.E. (Family Action for Christian Education); a spiffy motor home replaced their old trailer and they took off cross-country to protest books that didn't support F.A.C.E. values. Read full book review >

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THE RISE OF A LEGEND by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Both thoughtful and action-packed, this adventure illuminates the fantastical world that exists between dusk and dawn. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
The Guardians of Ga'Hoole gets a prequel, with the history of one of the Great Tree's rybs, Ezylryb. Read full book review >

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CHASING ORION by Kathryn Lasky
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"A truly extraordinary page-turner that embraces life's big and small aspects with humor and a healthy respect for its profound contradictions. (Historical fiction. 11 & up)"
It seems unfair to 11-year-old Georgie Mason that in Indiana's summer heat she can't go swimming or even to the movies for fear of catching polio. Read full book review >

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BROKEN SONG by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Lasky's writing is straightforward and unsentimental, sometimes a little pat, and her hero is a relatable and admirable protagonist. (historical note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
This companion to Night Journey (1981) explores the plight of 15-year-old Reuven Bloom, a brilliant young Russian Jewish violinist whose music is "broken" by the horrors of late-19th-century pogroms. Read full book review >

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WOLVES OF THE BEYOND by Kathryn Lasky
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"The author builds a captivating world of forest, snow and volcanoes populated by intelligent animals and weaves a compelling story sure to bring readers back for the second installment. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Lasky spins off her popular Guardians of Ga'Hoole series into this enchanting first installment of a new series starring wolves, introducing a wolf pup raised by a grizzly bear. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Hopkinson's Shutting Out the Sky (p. 1175) makes a good nonfiction companion. (historical note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine million immigrants came to the US between 1880 and 1900, and this entry in the My America series is the fictional diary of one such immigrant: nine-year-old Sofia Monari, from Italy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Still, a royal read that manages to both entrance and instruct. (Historical fiction. 1014)"
Psychologically astute and packed with historical detail, this faux diary opens when Marie Antoinette [then called Maria Antonia] was a 13-year-old youngster. Read full book review >

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A VOICE IN THE WIND by Kathryn Lasky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Even the Bobbsey twins had more substance. (Fiction. 8-12)"
From a much-honored pro, a disappointingly graceless tale, third in the Starbuck Family Adventures. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS IN THE WATER by Kathryn Lasky
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"In paying tribute to the Keys, Lasky is affectionate and winning; but a consistent style and a truly persuasive narrative are sacrificed in the process. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
This second of the ``Starbuck Family Adventures'' runs a gamut of genres from ecology thriller to fantasy. Read full book review >