Search Results: "Larry Platt"


BOOK REVIEW

EVERY DAY I FIGHT by Stuart Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A class act and a courageous voice to the end."
The posthumous memoir by the sportscaster who brought hip-hop to ESPN and subsequently showed his strength of character through his fight with cancer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"I reached my dream and made it to the NBA and if I can't have this and be happy, I don't want it.'"
The travails of five high-profiled basketball players during the 1997—98 season are documented in this unsentimental look at the National Basketball Association's current state of affairs. Read full book review >

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JUST TELL ME I CAN'T by Jamie Moyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A fascinating look at one man's improbable athletic journey, offering insight into one of sport's most cerebral positions."
Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Platt (Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson, 2002, etc.) tells the story of how Moyer turned a below-average career into the stuff of legend, becoming, at 49, the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win a game. Read full book review >

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STAR GAZER by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The result should please most horse-crazy middle-school girls, all of whom dream of the day when they attend a horse auction with money in their hands—but next time, please, can we have a different plot? (Fiction. 8-12)"
Unlikely child and abandoned equine persevere to show-ring success. Read full book review >

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"Do Not Forsake Me"  Martin Luther King, Jr by M.S. Platt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2012

"A perfectly serviceable CSI-style forensic thriller, but its significance falls short of its title."
In his debut novel, Platt (Holy Economics, 2011) obliquely questions the Rev. Martin Luther King's vision of equality with a story about an African-American baby's death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOON LANDING by Richard Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"A shame. (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)"
One might think that a pop-up would be the perfect vehicle for a book about Apollo 11—but Columbia this ain't. Read full book review >

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MOON SHADOW by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The horses, on the other hand, are pretty good, and the opening scene of stallions fighting is the best four pages of the book. (Fiction. 10-13)"
You recognize the Bad Guys in this stock Western because they wear black hats—oops, that's wrong, it's because they 1) speak rudely about Mustangs, spontaneously and at length; 2) thwart Our Heroine without any apparent motivation other than that they are Bad. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 1997

"Platt chirps, with no cautionary notes—the genetic engineering of plants goes uncontested, livestock farms warrant ungarnished accolades. (diagrams, chronology, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Platt (Stephen Biesty's Incredible Explosions, 1996, etc.) doesn't really explain inventions here, as David Macaulay did in The Way Things Work (1988); rather, he makes note of them and their time frame and how they benefitted humans. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INCOMMUNICADO by Randall Platt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Readers will respond to one girl's determination to do what's right during a dark time. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Paranoia and racial tension ripple through coastal Oregon's Sea Park during the onset of World War II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASTRA by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"A former jockey and current endurance rider, Platt should be able to do better. (Fiction. 8-12)"
If, by the bottom of page two, a book's end is manifest, it may not be worth starting page three. Read full book review >

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HELLIE JONDOE by Randall Platt
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Irrepressible and irreverent. (Historical fiction. YA)"
New York City in 1918 is a tough place for an orphan girl, and Hellie (born Helena) survives by hanging with her brother Harry's gang, picking pockets and convincing everyone she's a boy. Read full book review >

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WILLOW KING by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Horse-crazy readers will find themselves immersed in the racing world, and will root for Willow King and for Katie all the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Platt's first novel is a lively girl-and-horse story set in Oregon that is full of fascinating detail about how these animals are trained to be champions. Read full book review >