Search Results: "Kaye Umansky"


BOOK REVIEW

SOLOMON SNOW AND THE STOLEN JEWEL by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Though the Prodigy's over-the-top baby talk is sometimes too nauseatingly cloying to bear, this farce is quirky and fun. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This pseudo-Dickensian sequel to The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow (2005, re-titled in 2007), takes Solly, Prudence and the Infant Prodigy on a quest to rescue Prudence's poacher father from the County Jail. Read full book review >

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CLOVER TWIG AND THE PERILOUS PATH by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Despite dire warnings, this magical journey winds up being mostly pleasant and perky, just like its heroine. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Resourceful Clover, her witchy (but benevolent) employer Mrs. Eckles, Clover's clumsy friend Wilf and, of course, Mrs. Eckles' sister, the evil Mesmeranza, are all back for another low-key adventure (Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage, 2009). Read full book review >

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CLOVER TWIG AND THE MAGICAL COTTAGE by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The fractured-fairy-tale elements will also appeal to independently reading fans of Eva Ibbotson's Which Witch (2000) and Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold (2002). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A stalwart young girl discovers the secrets of a benign witch's bungalow in this charming middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE AND THE MOTHER’S DAY CARD by Kaye Umansky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The series continues with an adventure about Sophie and her baby brother in Sophie in Charge (ISBN: 1-56148-478-4). (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Sophie is the third of four bunny rabbit children in this sweetly humorous British import set in an idyllic village comprised of various animal characters. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER SPOON OF SOLOMON SNOW by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Despite some excesses—the Infant Prodigy's speech impediment quickly goes beyond funny to annoying—this over-the-top parody of Oliver Twist-type adventures is a good giggle. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Foundling Solly searches for his origins in a humorously Dickensian world. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF DANIEL HALE WILLIAMS by Judith Kaye
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; index. (Biography. 8-12)"
In the Pioneers in Health and Medicine series, a useful replacement for Lillie Patterson's Sure Hands, Strong Heart (1981) and other out-of-print biographies that Kaye lists ``For Further Reading.'' Credited with the first successful heart operation (in 1893; the patient lived another 50 years), the African-American surgeon (1856-1931) was also a gifted teacher, founder of Chicago's Provident Hospital (open to all), and an important force in opening the medical profession to black nurses and physicians. Read full book review >

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THE CURRENTS OF SCORPIO by Kaye Freemartin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"A welcome addition to the realm of dystopian fantasy, adding new twists of its own."
The third book in Freemartin's (The Curse of Capricorn: The Zodiac Mysteries Book 2, 2014, etc.) Read full book review >

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CHARMS FOR THE EASY LIFE by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1993

"In other words, boring and self-righteous."
Gibbons's fourth novel, inspired by WPA oral histories, lacks the subtlety and charm of her previous books (A Cure for Dreams, A Virtuous Woman, Ellen Foster). Read full book review >

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THE CONFIDENTIAL CASEBOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Marvin Kaye
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 1998

"Kaye would've provided a real service for consumers by labeling this farrago of 15 stories The Contortions of Sherlock Holmes."
Interested historians may someday trace Sherlock Holmes's shift from exemplary detective to all-purpose cultural icon to Kaye's third anthology of Sherlockiana (The Resurrected Holmes, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 1996

"Still, Sherlockians left unsatisfied by Kaye's anthology The Game is Afoot (1994) will be glad to have the Adventures of the Amateur Mendicant Society, the Red Leech, the Giant Rat of Sumatra, and, of course, the Politician, the Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant."
A tricky concept: a series of Sherlock Holmes pastiches based on titles of cases referred to in passing by Dr. Watson, each supposedly fleshed out by a different prominent author. Read full book review >