Search Results: "Laurie Calkhoven"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A fine introduction to a battle that turned the tide of the war. (historical note, children's roles in the Civil War, list of characters, timeline, glossary, further reading) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
"What would the Rebels want with a place like Gettysburg, Pennsylvania?" wonders 12-year-old Will Edmonds. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"An absorbing adventure that wears its twin informational and character-development loads lightly. (map, glossary, reading list) (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
A young Parisian joins the French Resistance in this Boys of Wartime series entry. Read full book review >

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DANIEL AT THE SIEGE OF BOSTON 1776 by Laurie Calkhoven
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, though, a fine introduction to the times for an audience not yet ready for Johnny Tremain. (historical note, children's roles in the American Revolution, historic characters, timeline, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Daniel Prescott becomes a man during the siege of Boston in the early days of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

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LAURIE TELLS by Linda Lowery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 1994

"Thoughtful and carefully wrought, a valuable aid to coping and understanding. (Fiction. 8-12)"
``It's hard to believe/how happy I used to be....I have places on my body/I don't want anyone to touch./They're mine, only for me,/and it makes me sick/to think he touched me there.'' A sexually abused 11-year-old shares her emotions, remembering how she trusted and loved Dad when she was little, her horror when he first molested her two years ago, her one tentative attempt to tell Mom, who refused to believe her. Read full book review >

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DEAR DAD, LOVE LAURIE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Released: March 1, 1989

After Laurie's parents divorce, her mother requires her to write weekly to her father in Missouri; though Laurie chafes under this burden, she writes enough letters in nine months to fill this book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEROES OF OLYMPUS by Philip Freeman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2012

"An opening promise of 'beauty and magic and disturbing twists' goes unfulfilled in this monotonous parade of ancient names and detached barbarism. Illustrations not seen. (Mythology. 12-16)"
A numbing catalog of "Gods, Goddesses, Monsters, and Mortals" from Greek and Roman mythology, condescendingly "adapted" for younger audiences from a juicier version for adults. Read full book review >

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BOWLING ALLEY BANDIT by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Like triumphant Mr. Bing, Keller walks off with a 'Stiffy Stu McShiny' award for this yummy chapter-book series opener. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
A bowling tournament gives the rolling raconteur introduced in the 2003 picture book Arnie the Doughnut fresh scope for wisecracks and wild misadventures. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN'S BIRD by Emily  Fairlie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Fans of the first book will be glad to rejoin this unlikely team of detectives. (Mystery. 8-12)"
In this easy, breezy mystery, Laurie and Bud spend their summer planning a scavenger hunt, discovering a secret room and solving a missing person case. Read full book review >

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DEADLY KIN by Tom Eslick
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"The mystery is ragtag, with shadowy characters passing through like rush-hour traffic. The outdoor adventure sequences, though, are worth the price of admission."
Mysteries sprout from every corner of New Hampshire's White Mountains. Read full book review >

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WE ARE GROWING! by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Amusing, yes. Useful for reading practice, yes, but not necessarily guaranteed to make new readers the 'read-i-est.' (Early reader. 6-8)"
Elephant and Piggie make an appearance to introduce the first in their new series, an egalitarian introduction to superlatives. Read full book review >

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THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Closing with a bit of traditional stagecraft by having shy Georgia visualize fellow states in their underwear to get over a case of stage fright, this exuberant geographical jamboree will definitely leave readers in a state. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Ten years after their memorable debut the states once again pop open their wide eyes, leap up on pipestem limbs and strut their stuff—this time on stage in a display of talent that ranges from the heartthrob singing of New York and New Mexico as "New States On The Block" to Michigan using its Upper Peninsula in a ventriloquist act and Wyoming linking with Tennessee to impersonate Oklahoma. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The instructional approach provides an alternative to Lois Ehlert's more abstract Color Zoo (1989), and makes this an ideal high-energy lead in to such elementary manuals as Dawn Sirett's My First Paint Book (1994). (Picture book. 6-8)"
"Purple is a funny word. / rhymes with nothing. / sounds absurd! / Purple grapes / make purple gum. / my friend Violet gave me some!" Read full book review >