Search Results: "Laura E. Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

SLANT by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2008

"There are no surprises surrounding Lauren's inevitable decision, though her budding self-acceptance is subtly nuanced, adding depth to a contemporary topic with a gentle touch. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Lauren attempts plastic surgery when racial teasing shatters her self-esteem in this introspective novel. Read full book review >

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UP A CREEK by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Sugar for that young adolescent sweet tooth. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Mixing an embarrassing Mom with Starshine's first period, plus an accident for Grandma results in a light-hearted confection that wants to touch your heart without risking real pain. Read full book review >

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THE EXECUTIONER’S DAUGHTER by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Despite a contrived final hint that Lily has made a new and happier life for herself, this brief story is so weighed down by its tormented cast and narrow setting that it's more akin to John Morressey's grim Juggler (1996) than Karen Cushman's Midwife's Apprentice (1995). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Williams (ABC Kids, below, etc.) takes readers back to a squalid, brutal 15th century for this heavy tale of a family tormented by its dreadful occupation. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST STALLION by Laura E. Williams
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"It is often compelling, and many passages are filled with loss and longing that are nearly palpable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Williams (Behind the Bedroom Wall, 1996, etc.) tells of an estranged father and daughter in a novel that gains strength from the magnitude of the gulf between them, and loses power when that gulf is too-easily bridged. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEHIND THE BEDROOM WALL by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 1996

"With scattered, stiff b&w illustrations. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A loyal member of Hitler's JungmÑdel has some choices to make when she discovers that her parents are hiding a Jewish family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST WINDS by Laura E. Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2006

"EWSLUGp2005, which also features a Korean-American family—though one that embraces tradition enthusiastically from the start. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Neilan uses round, sweeping brush strokes to give her illustrations a properly airy appearance in this tale of generations connecting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALIA WAKING by Laura Williams McCaffrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2003

"There's a possibility here for an intriguing sequel, though thin characterizations and oddly inconsistent gender roles leave this debut's potential unfulfilled. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A girl comes of age in a not-quite-realized fantasy world. Read full book review >

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THE LONG SILK STRAND by Laura Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Fine story, beautiful art, superior bookmaking. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Though set in old Japan, this tale of intergenerational love and memory will be meaningful to any child who has been close to a grandparent. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARKED by Laura Williams McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An original, textured page-turner. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lyla is 16, and her only goal is to keep her seat in the Bright—the section of school for the smartest children—and earn the best grades so that she may go on to university one day and become an inventor. Read full book review >

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OUTLAWS, SPIES, AND GANGSTERS by Laura Scandiffio
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"This rogues' gallery of bottom feeders makes an appealing way to bring reluctant readers to history. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
How a disparate bunch of "most-wanted" criminals were tracked down, even if the tracking took days, weeks, or years and years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"A densely referenced and immersive endorsement for the durability and humanitarianism of business ventures retrofitted for sustainability."
How forward-thinking, eco-conscious businesses grew into lucrative success stories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JIGGLE JOGGLE JEE! by Laura E. Richards
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2001

"Nostalgic and brimming with old-world charm, this merry romp is a great ride. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A turn-of-the-century poem is resurrected and paired with Williams's sparkling illustrations. Read full book review >