Search Results: "Laura Scandiffio"


BOOK REVIEW

LAURA by Larry Watson
Released: June 1, 2000

"A finely wrought, if emotionally cool, tale of enduring passion."
The story of a man's long obsession with a beautiful woman poet, the latest from award-winning novelist Watson (White Crosses, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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LAURA by Hilary Norman
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Shallow escapism for the romance-starved. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild selection)"
A Cinderella story of a woman educated in the school of hard knocks, by pulp veteran Norman (Spellbound, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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FIGHT TO LEARN by Laura Scandiffio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This moving look at children going to extraordinary lengths, even risking their lives, to get an education should be required reading for the millions of American students who resent going to school. (photos, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A collection of stories about children who risk much to avail themselves of learning opportunities and determined individuals who fight to bring education to those children. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"These inspiring stories of people who challenged the status quo make for riveting reading, as well as excellent starting points for research and discussions about civil disobedience, ethics and morality. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
An inspiring, informative collection of profiles of people who sacrificed freedom and life to take stands against oppression and to champion human rights. Read full book review >

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KIDS AT THE CROSSROADS: AZTEC by Laura Scandiffio
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Both volumes try for too much and end up offering neither a properly developed story line nor a coherent picture of their narrators' historical contexts. (Infofiction. 10-12)"
In faux blog posts, a young resident of Tenochtitlán describes his training at a military school, confused melees with bands of warriors from rival cities and the portent-ridden arrival of Cortés. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM TIBET by Nick Gray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A valuable and fascinating resource, with a foreword by the Dalai Lama. (glossary, timeline of Tibet, history of Chinese-Tibetan relations, history of Buddhism in Tibet) (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
Two Tibetans, 19-year-old Pasang and his 11-year-old brother, Tenzin, flee Tibet, a harrowing escape that includes hiking—in street clothes and worn sneakers—over the 19,000-foot-high "Death Pass" of the Himalayas. 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 >

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THE MARTIAL ARTS BOOK by Laura Scandiffio
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"These missing elements reduce this to the status of an acceptable alternative, but not a replacement, for such introductions as Susan Ribner's thoughtful Martial Arts (1978) or David Mitchell's Young Martial Arts Enthusiast (1997). (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
From Lao Tzu to Bruce Lee, Scandiffio traces the history of the major branches of Asian martial arts, making a brave (if futile) effort to distinguish fact from legend. Read full book review >

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FINDING LAURA by Kay Hooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Despite the adult sex and good surprise ending: a treacly adolescent affair, just a few steps beyond paper dolls and Barbie."
Hooper's latest paranormal romance (After Caroline, 1996, etc.) tackles reincarnation in a modern southern gothic mode, with lots of coupling in the gazebo. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 29, 1996

"A list of museums and newsletters is appended. (Nonfiction. 8+)"
The subtitle tells it all; the first and later readers of the Little House books wrote letters that Wilder answered and saved, along with their drawings, photographs, and poems, right up to the last years of her life. Read full book review >

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LAURA BLUNDY by Julie Myerson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The labors of love take on new meaning here, but despite the hypnotic quality of the prose, too many shadows fall across the heart of Laura Blundy, concealing more than they reveal."
Starting with a grisly murder scene, Myerson's fourth novel (after Me and the Fat Man, 1999, etc.) probes murky waters in Victorian London, as a woman crippled and in love trades in her surgeon husband for a married laborer. Read full book review >