Search Results: "Keir Graff"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER FELIX by Keir Graff
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"This thoughtful, whimsical story promises rewards for those patient readers who stick with Felix till the end. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An allegorical tale about friendship, fear, happiness and hope. Read full book review >

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THE MATCHSTICK CASTLE by Keir Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Fast-paced, anarchic fun for reluctant and avid readers alike. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With his father in Antarctica and his brothers enjoying adventurous summers elsewhere, Brian endures his in aptly named Boring, Illinois, beta testing Uncle Gary's educational software (Summer's Cool) alongside his unfriendly cousin, Nora, until a discovery in the woods changes everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONTANA NOIR by James Grady
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"If Montana has a dark side, is anywhere safe from noir? Not Accra, Buenos Aires, or Santa Cruz, among the 17 spots next up for this prodigious series."
Long shadows over Big Sky country. Read full book review >

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THE THING ABOUT GEORGIE by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"If a trifle earnest—every problem clearly presents an opportunity for Georgie to learn and grow—this is nonetheless a compelling portrayal of dwarfism, differences and growing up. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Georgie is a dwarf, and Andy, his best friend, doesn't seem to care. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE DOG DARE by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2012

"With two equally compelling protagonists to root for and plenty to make kids laugh, this is sure to resonate with and entertain young readers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Media Club becomes "a place of battle" when the time comes to select a news anchor for the spring semester. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE SUN by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"Graff consistently demonstrates why character-driven novels can live from generation to generation, and here she offers a story that can survive for many school years to come. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When internal anger turns into outward rage, one middle school misfit must find a solution or risk ruining everything that matters. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY ALMOST by Lisa Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2014

"Achingly superb, Albie's story shines. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a tale about not being good enough, Graff introduces readers to a young hero who struggles to measure up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Earnest in intent, but in logic wandering confusedly in the torn battlefields of academe."
Avoiding the explicit taking of sides in the academic war between ``radicals'' and ``conservatives,'' Graff (Humanities and English/Univ. of Chicago; Professing Literature, 1989, etc.—not reviewed) argues that everything in higher education will be fine- -in fact better than ever—if the great battle itself becomes what college students study. Read full book review >

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UMBRELLA SUMMER by Lisa Graff
FICTION
Released: June 2, 2009

"A welcome and sensitive addition to collections dealing with grief, this is also an appealing and moving choice for readers seeking a dose of feel-good reality fiction. (Fiction. 8 & up)"
Four months ago Annie Richards's 11-year-old brother Jared died suddenly from an undiagnosed heart condition. Read full book review >

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BLACKWELL’S ISLAND by Serena Graff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2005

"With endless cliffhangers, a mystery key, outlandish coincidences, the possibility of ghosts and other menacing creatures and über kids to the rescue, this simply never jells, and a terrific idea for a setting is wasted. (Fiction. 10-11)"
It's 1914 and Alex, 11 and a fairly recent immigrant from Russia, is left alone to take care of himself and his younger sister when their widowed mother disappears. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IS MARRIAGE FOR? by E.J. Graff
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 1999

"Overall, she has produced a well-organized work of thoughtful popular history that displays considerable wit and verve, and that is in equal measure instructive and entertaining."
Why wed? As a financial investment? To have sex? To reproduce the species? To link two families together? This highly informative and enjoyable romp through the history of marriage in Western Europe and the United States looks at all these reasons and more. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2011

"There's solid storytelling at work here—and quite a story to tell, too."
Action-filled, richly detailed portrait of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its new guise—charged not just with solving crimes already committed, but now with preventing at least some of them. Read full book review >