Search Results: "Kathryn S. Olmsted"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Convincing study of how alternative histories develop."
The American Century's hidden narrative. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"A work that knowledgeably situates the pioneering of a nasty new style of politics."
A well-focused academic study of how the California agriculture business helped spur the conservative backlash against New Deal policies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2016

"A provocative yet grounded look at the U.S. food industry. Though the prospect of finding quality food products may prove increasingly challenging for most consumers, Olmsted provides encouraging tips to help navigate the many obstacles."
An investigation of the American food industry, providing examples of authentic and fraudulent products and how best to differentiate between the two. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAW THE LINE by Kathryn  Otoshi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A simple, beautiful concept whose reach grows with each rereading. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A wordless musing on the nature of disagreements and friendship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AVALON RISING by Kathryn Rose
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 8, 2015

"An incongruous blend of medieval mythology and steampunk action; only for fans of the first book. (Fantasy. 14-18)"
Steampunk mechanic and former handmaiden Vivienne seeks the Holy Grail and her true love, Marcus, in this sequel to Camelot Burning (2014). 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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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 LAST GIRLS OF POMPEII by Kathryn Lasky
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2007

"An intelligent, ruminative work for thoughtful readers. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 10+)"
For all of the daily prophecies in Pompeii, A.D. 79, the "chicken-gut-reading augurs" and oaths to the gods and goddesses, only the Sybil of Sarnus foresaw the end of the world, and for Julia and Sura, it's a world they are none too pleased with. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST SUMMER by Kathryn Williams
FICTION
Released: July 14, 2009

"Midway between a thoughtful novel and escapist reading, this effort doesn't succeed at being either. (Fiction. YA)"
Williams has all the right ingredients for a popular tale of lost innocence and fraught friendships. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >