Search Results: "Kwame Alexander"


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BOOKED by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"A satisfying, winning read. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Nick Hall is a bright eighth-grader who would rather do anything other than pay attention in class. Read full book review >

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THE CROSSOVER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 18, 2014

"Poet Alexander deftly reveals the power of the format to pack an emotional punch. (Verse fiction. 9-12)"
Basketball-playing twins find challenges to their relationship on and off the court as they cope with changes in their lives. Read full book review >

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SURF'S UP by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A warmhearted tribute to reading. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A sunny day near the ocean means different kinds of excitement for frog friends Bro and Dude. Read full book review >

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THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Building on the great success of his Newbery-winning The Crossover (2014), Alexander provides advice and life lessons to young readers, drawn mostly from the world of sports and organized by a schema of "rules." Read full book review >

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ACOUSTIC ROOSTER AND HIS BARNYARD BAND by Kwame Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In all, a high-stepping riff on the pleasures of live music in general and the history of jazz in particular. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Winning actually isn't everything, as jazz-happy Rooster learns when he goes up against the legendary likes of Mules Davis and Ella Finchgerald at the barnyard talent show. Read full book review >

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SOLO  by Kwame Alexander
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A contemporary hero's journey, brilliantly told. (Verse fiction. 14-adult)"
The 17-year-old son of a troubled rock star is determined to find his own way in life and love. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Wilson ably and unsparingly portrays the heady, competitive, solipsistic world that celebrated, and ultimately doomed, McQueen."
The astonishing creations and tormented life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A sympathetic and judicious appraisal that will deepen the understanding of this remarkable man."
A slightly odd but ultimately very satisfying biography of a man who, in terms of political and historical impact, has been called ``the dominant writer of this century.'' George Kennan described The Gulag Archipelago as ``the most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever to be levelled in modern times.'' The irony is that the indictment came not from the West, but from a heroic survivor of the Gulag. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"The volume comes to an unfortunately perfunctory conclusion with Hamilton's death in his duel with Aaron Burr, though source notes add interesting additional reading. (Biography. 9-12)"
His enemies may have called him an outsider, but Alexander Hamilton was loyal to his adopted country. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Willard Sterne Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2003

"A sturdy and readable life, in company with Randall's other portraits of the Revolutionary generation."
A revealing but measured biography of the younger Founding Father, who, to the horror of libertarians ever since, "[drew] up a blueprint for a relationship between government and money." Read full book review >

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BEING ALEXANDER by Nancy Sparling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Readable and funny, though it turns a little mushy in the end."
A first novel that fulfills almost every revenge fantasy ever dreamed of—about a young man who overcomes his shyness. Read full book review >