Search Results: "Laura Scandiffio"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GOOSE GOES TO SCHOOL by Laura Wall
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2015

"What adventures will Sophie and Goose have next? (Picture book. 3-7)"
Sophie and her friend Goose are again parted, this time for Sophie's first day of school, but just as in their first outing, Goose (2015), they aren't separated for long.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWAN HARBOR by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"This is a gorgeous selection that children will treasure long after they have grown up. (Picture book. 3-8)"
The flora and fauna of the four seasons of the coast of Maine come to life in Rankin's (The Wriggly, Wriggly Baby, 2002, etc.) magnificent artwork. Read full book review >

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SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS by Laura Ljungkvist
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"The effect is somewhat static, although the bright colors and bold, clean design do work well with the spare yet complete text. (Picture book/fairytale. 4-8)"
An old favorite is given a refreshing new look with bold, colorful, graphic art in gouache on watercolor paper. Read full book review >

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TEA FOR ME, TEA FOR YOU by Laura Rader
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2003

"At the end, Swinings' sign says, 'CLOSED for a Private Party' and all are clearly having a good time. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Pigs at tea are the subject of a rollicking, rhyming, counting read-aloud. Read full book review >

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MERL AND JASPER'S SUPPER CLUB by Laura Rankin
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1997

"Rankin's book, like Chris Van Allsburg's Bad Day at Riverbend (1995), sagely mirrors children's notions about what is real and what is not. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A quick and curious episode from Rankin (The Handmade Alphabet, 1991). Read full book review >