Search Results: "Kristin Sorra"


BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: July 24, 2006

"An amusing way to introduce the idea of metaphor—or wordplay in general. (Easy reader. 7-8)"
Cohabitants Waltur (a bear) and Matilda (a beaver) explore figures of speech in three episodes for emergent readers. Read full book review >

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GROUNDHOG WEATHER SCHOOL by Joan Holub
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Nothing in-depth or too serious here, but good fun that will subtly teach in between laughs. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Holub presents a clever look at the weather as readers follow some groundhogs (and an imposter) through their training at Professor Groundhog's school. Read full book review >

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KING O’ THE CATS by Aaron Shepard
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Paul Galdone rendition (1980). (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
This new version of the eerie English folktale features a considerably extended storyline from Shepard, for which Sorra supplies low-lit scenes of richly clothed cats among shadows and subtly twisted perspectives. Read full book review >

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NO DOGS ALLOWED! by Linda Ashman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Offbeat and appealing. (Picture book. 3-9)"
People with pets spell trouble—and opportunity—for a new sidewalk cafe. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"Give Waltur another blue ribbon. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Gregorich returns to till the rich soil of idiomatic expressions she explored in Waltur Buys a Pig in a Poke (2006). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEACH DAY! by Anahid Hamparian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

A cheerful little red-haired girl greets beach, umbrella, seagull and so on over the course of one clearly fabulous day at the beach. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"However, one is left feeling that the newly mannered Calypso Joe is such a promising idea for a character in this setting that his further adventures will be more interesting than this debut. (Picture book. 3-7)"
How about those Gruffs tromping across their famously troll-guarded bridge between two Caribbean islands? Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2012

"Devastating and heartbreaking, this will be a disappointment for readers looking for a conventional happy ending. But those willing to take the risk will—like Bitterblue—achieve something even more precious: a hopeful beginning. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Building on the plots and themes of the award-winning Graceling (2008) and its companion Fire (2009), this rich and poignant fantasy grapples with the messy aftermath of destroying an evil overlord. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER by Kristin Harmel
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"While the dialogue and explanations of Lacey's group can be stilted and didactic, the various reactions to grief depicted are real and can serve as a guide for other teen survivors and the adults in their lives. (Fiction. YA)"
Chick-lit author Harmel incorporates the comparatively serious topic of grief into this predictable yet heartfelt story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 4, 2010

"This is an excellent balance of happily-ever-after romance, solid friendships and treatment of marriage as a serious commitment between two partners. (Fiction. YA)"
"Trying the Knot" is the newest program at Fiona's school. Read full book review >

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GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Grace-full, in every sense. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
An assured fantasy debut grapples with questions of identity, authenticity and autonomy. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO BONE TREE HILL by Kristin Butcher
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"The plot could benefit from more padding to make character motivations more believable, but though there's not much rich character development, it is an enjoyable and neatly tied-up mystery. (Mystery. 12-14)"
After years abroad, 18-year-old Jessica's returned to Vancouver Island, where she's now plagued by nightmares about the week she left. Read full book review >