Search Results: "Kathy Mackel"


BOOK REVIEW

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH by Kathy Mackel
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"Still, Nick's ability to cope with unusual (to say the very least) situations, plus plenty of nonstop action, fizzy relationships and a crowd-pleasing array of aliens will keep readers firmly hooked from start to finish. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Wiseacre Nick Thorpe saves his friends, town, planet, and universe—along with an entire alien race—in this madcap sequel to Can of Worms (1999) and Eggs in One Basket (2000). Read full book review >

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BOOST by Kathy Mackel
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Although the author tries to muddy the waters with an undercooked subplot that involves possible past malfeasance on the part of Savvy's coach, the final revelation is heavily foreshadowed, making the most surprising thing how readily Savvy forgives. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Against the odds, 13-year-old, 6'2" Savvy, the psychologically tough heroine of Mackel's engrossing story, makes it onto a competitive basketball team for older girls. Read full book review >

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ALIEN IN A BOTTLE by Kathy Mackel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Fans of the 'Time Warp Trio' and similar silly-but-not-stupid fantasy will enjoy this romp. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Dreams and nightmares both come true in Mackel's latest sci-fi farce, as two human middle-schoolers get caught up in a feud between an alien junk dealer and a violently dissatisfied customer. Read full book review >

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MADCAT by Kathy Mackel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"A solid hit. (Fiction. 8-12)"
MadCat is really Madelyn Catherine, but a star player of Fast Pitch Softball needs a tougher name. Read full book review >

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CAN OF WORMS by Kathy Mackel
Released: April 1, 1999

"Fans of such escapades as Gene De Weese's Black Suits from Outer Space (1989), Jonathan Etra and Stephanie Spinner's Aliens For Breakfast (1988) and Mel Gilden's Pumpkins of Time (1994) will welcome this with open arms, tentacles, and pseudopods. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A misfit seventh grader's half-serious conviction that he's an alien proves well-founded in this wild, slime-and-monster-filled romp from Mackel (A Season Of Comebacks, 1997). Read full book review >

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WORM GETS A JOB by Kathy Caple
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"Not quite as clever as Doreen Cronin's Diary of a Worm (2003), but close. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Suddenly faced with a need to raise cash, the limbless protagonist of Well Done, Worm! (2000) and Wow! Read full book review >

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SEVEN STARS MORE! by Kathy Mallat
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The repetitions and Abby's movements—in bed, out of bed, back into bed'should make this book a gateway for listeners to the sometimes elusive Land of Nod. (Picture book. Ages 2-6)"
Mallat's picture-book solo is a combination counting book and lullaby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"An excellent memoir to stimulate interest in science careers, demonstrate the scientific method in action, and support efforts to protect the environment. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A first-person account of marine biologist Conlan and her adventures under the ice in the Arctic and Antarctic, two of the coldest and most hostile environments in the world. Read full book review >

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BRAVE BEAR by Kathy Mallat
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Minimal text allows the illustrations to take center stage, for the real beauty of the book is in the wonderful perspectives that offer readers a 'bear's-eye view' of the obstacle he successfully tackles. (Picture book. 2-5)"
PLB 0-8027-8705-3 Brave Bear (24 pp.; $14.95; PLB $14.89; Aug.; 0-8027-8704-5; PLB 0-8027-8705-3): Persistence pays off in this captivating story of a small bear who comes the rescue of a bird fallen from its nest. Read full book review >