Search Results: "Laurie Plissner"


BOOK REVIEW

SCREWED by Laurie Plissner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 18, 2013

"With few real consequences to anyone's actions, it's hard to tell who the intended audience is for this formulaic, ultimately unsatisfying novel. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A pregnant teenager struggles with her choices. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1999

"Not a book to pick up for insightful analysis, but the stories will amuse most readers."
A CBS veteran's look at television coverage of presidential elections is more entertaining than reflective. Read full book review >

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THE SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The states appear in a final gallery, with a few statistics to square off the whole funny enterprise. (Picture book. 8-10)"
Imagine the states, Kansas, California, Ohio, and all the rest, as people with toothy grins, ping-pong balls for eyes, pipe cleaner limbs, and full-blown personalities. 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 >

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GRANDPA GAZILLION’S NUMBER YARD by Laurie Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Only for the top ten number crunchers. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Warning: Anyone dizzied by numbers will reel with vertigo in this rhyming tale of Grandpa Gazillion and his yard rat, Hildegarde, as they demonstrate that numbers ONE through TWENTY have other uses than just counting. 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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WHEN by Victoria Laurie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"The character development is just as riveting as the plot in this well-constructed thriller. (Paranormal thriller. 12-18)"
If you could know the date of your death, would you? Read full book review >

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QUEST FOR THE SECRET KEEPER by Victoria Laurie
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2012

"A confusing tangle of myth and history, slow going to boot, despite corpses and bombs aplenty. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
The third episode in Laurie's muddled Oracles of Delphi Keep series adds two more children with super powers, bringing the total to five of the prophesied seven (plus One) who will save the world from the satanic Demogorgon. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"Though Laurie's memory lane lacks the structural cohesion of a novel, her stubborn perseverance guarantees plenty of colorful anecdotes. (Memoir. 12-16)"
A highly readable memoir traces Rubin's journey from pampered child to acclaimed mezzo-soprano. Read full book review >

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 >