Search Results: "Kwame Dawes"


BOOK REVIEW

VOICES OF HAITI by Lisa Armstrong
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: July 21, 2012

"A model of long-form feature journalism for the iPad."
A bracing multimedia portrait of life in Haiti following the devastating earthquake there in 2010. 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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THE HONOR CODE by Kwame Anthony Appiah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2010

"Readers who normally shy away from philosophical subjects will be pleasantly surprised."
An eminently readable philosophical discussion of morality based on historical examples. Read full book review >

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AVENGING ANGEL by Kwame Anthony Appiah
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 22, 1991

"First of a promised series."
Somebody's poisoning members of the Apostles, a Cambridge secret society—titled undergraduate David Glen Tannock by penicillin; eminent physiologist Charles Phipps; and has-been topologist Godfrey Stanley by some especially foul neurotoxins—and sending them death- notes with little classical tags. 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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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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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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RAVENS by George Dawes Green
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2009

"The Desperate Hours on crank, with a deeply unsettling spiritual spin."
Fourteen years after he vanished from the bestseller lists, Green (The Juror, 1995, etc.) is back with a tale of two losers who see a Georgia family's lottery jackpot as their ticket to nirvana. Read full book review >

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THE CAVEMAN'S VALENTINE by George Dawes Green
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 1994

"A tad convoluted and far-fetched, but otherwise an engaging and action-packed debut—with the quirkiness and contradictions of New York life arrayed in all their glory."
In a variation on The Fisher King, poet and storywriter Green debuts with a saga of homelessness and savagery in New York: a first novel about a troubled, cave-dwelling musical genius who matches wits with a ruthless, sadistic killer. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ARK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Beautiful photos, with an impact heightened (sometimes to somewhat dizzying altitudes) by the accompanying words. (author's, photographer's notes) (Informational picture book/poetry. 6-12)"
The Newbery medalist matches bursts of poetic commentary to dozens of dramatic close-ups, mostly of creatures classified as endangered or threatened. Read full book review >

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OUT OF WONDER by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"A magnificent exploration of the poetic imagination. (Picture book/poetry. 8-14)"
Powerhouse poet Alexander, along with friends Colderley and Wentworth, offers a culturally rich collection of poetic tributes that extends the legacies of poets from around the globe. Read full book review >