Search Results: "Lauren Tarshis"


BOOK REVIEW

I SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Sentimental of plotline but informative and breathlessly paced. (Q&A, annotated reading list) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
The seventh (chronologically earliest) entry in the series pitches a young former slave into the middle of the Civil War's pivotal battle. Read full book review >

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EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL IN LOVE by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2009

"The story ends on a happy note with the possibility of more adventures to come. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The eccentric-but-affable Emma-Jean returns with another anthropological foray into the social habits of her fellow classmates. Read full book review >

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EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL OUT OF A TREE by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The comic juice in the story comes from Emma-Jean's hyper-rational yet totally skewed take on reality, and her evolution from analyst to actor makes for a captivating, highly satisfying read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
At the beginning of this incisively voiced story, Emma-Jean Lazarus, a self-possessed but socially isolated seventh-grade girl, has no friends her own age. Read full book review >

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THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Though not yet born in 2001, the intended audience will come away feeling more connected to the tragedy and aware of its historical significance. (afterword, timeline) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
A terrified 11-year-old gets an "extremely loud and incredibly close" view of the World Trade Center attacks in this disaster series' latest entry. Read full book review >

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I SURVIVED #1 by Lauren Tarshis
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"The plot involves too many convenient coincidences, but the fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages to the unexpectedly sentimental ending. (author's note, additional facts) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Returning from England with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George Calder explores the Titanic and revels in the luxury of their first-class suite—until the night the ship hits an iceberg and his explorations and determination save their lives. Read full book review >

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I SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Following the main text are 'After the Storm: Questions about Katrina' and 'Facts about Hurricane Katrina,' both ideal for setting young readers who have been enthralled by Barry's story on a path to discovering more about the true story of Katrina and its aftermath. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, 2010, etc.) again transforms a historical event into a fast-paced adventure story appropriate for lower elementary students. Read full book review >

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THAT PESKY RAT by Lauren Child
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Readers may find themselves wondering if they want this delightfully spiky antihero to become just another house pet, but there is an undeniable appeal to his quest, and a twist at the end saves it from the treacle jar. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A winsomely beady-eyed rat yearns for a loving home in this rather odd feel-good offering. Read full book review >

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BEWARE OF THE STORYBOOK WOLVES by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Don't miss the Little Wolf in heels, hairy legs, and party dress being dipped by the prince on the dance floor. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Child fractures a few fairy tales, and the wolves get it in the chops once again, in this story of a young boy and his bedtime worries. Read full book review >

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I AM NOT SLEEPY AND I WILL NOT GO TO BED by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An inventive, entertaining bedtime tale. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Charlie, the patient older brother, struggles to get his imaginative, stubborn sister Lola to bed. Read full book review >

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VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD by Lauren Sabel
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"Good, escapist entertainment. (Thriller. 13-18)"
Thrills and action follow a teenage movie star as she tries to escape a shadowy figure who has threatened to kill her. Read full book review >

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REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 5, 2013

"A dystopian tour de force. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
Fraught with high-stakes action and gripping emotion, the final chapters of Lena Haloway's journey will have readers breathlessly turning the pages. Read full book review >

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RUBY REDFORT TAKE YOUR LAST BREATH by Lauren Child
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"A harmless, middle-grade mystery for budding sleuths. (Mystery. 9-14)"
Thirteen-year-old secret agent Ruby Redfort (Look Into My Eyes, 2012) barely has a week to breathe before finding herself in the middle of another dastardly evil plan—oh, there are also pirates, a sea monster, a mysterious stranger and a lost treasure, too. Read full book review >