Search Results: "Linda Oatman High"


BOOK REVIEW

OTHERWISE by Linda Oatman High
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"More likely to confuse than to provoke thought. (Dystopian romance/verse. 12-16)"
In a near-future United States, unisex gender presentation becomes mandated by law. Read full book review >

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TEENY LITTLE GRIEF MACHINES by Linda Oatman High
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"So swiftly do the pages turn, however, the story may stay with readers, but the poetry probably won't. (Verse fiction. 12-18)"
An outcast at school and within her own family, "Lexi / (rhymes with sexy) / Mcleen, sixteen," articulates a life of desperation and determination in this verse novel. Read full book review >

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PLANET PREGNANCY by Linda Oatman High
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Irregular, sing-songy rhyme may distract readers at times, but the realistic pull of both Sahara and her pregnancy will keep teens engaged, wondering if she'll end up calling the baby her own. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When she sees that fateful pink line, 16-year old Sahara knows that life as she knew it, life as a West Texas Dixie Queen, is over. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The story and illustrations fuse together, placing readers at the scene and making them wish they were there, delightfully capturing the thrill of a unique time and place. (Picture book. 5-9)"
The attention-grabbing title, the intriguing cover, and the scene-setting subtitle will compel readers to take a look inside. Read full book review >

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TENTH AVENUE COWBOY by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"All told, this offering has the feel of a tale that has been passed down from generation to generation, based in truth but lovingly polished until the rougher parts are smoothed over and the magic in it shines. (author's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-10)"
Set in 1910, this urban reverie will resonate with contemporary readers. Read full book review >

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THE BEEKEEPERS by Linda Oatman High
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"An idyllic episode, as comforting as the bees' sweet product. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Honey-colored light pours down upon a young narrator and her grandfather as they climb into their heavy coveralls and walk during a spring morning to the bee yard. Read full book review >

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THE CEMETERY KEEPERS OF GETTYSBURG by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Readers will be touched and sobered by this deeply felt glimpse of battle, and what follows. (author's note) (Picture book. 7-9)"
High builds on true events for this child's-eye view of the Civil War battle and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"So bad it's almost campy. (Fiction. YA)"
Plot summary alone cannot convey the awfulness of the poetry in this over-the-top melodrama. Read full book review >

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MAIZIE by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1995

"The narrative veers unconvincingly between hillbilly colloquialism and lofty imagery; not that a girl from the Pennsylvania mountains can't have a poetic notion, but nothing Maizie says indicates that such thoughts are forthcoming, and so they always jar. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Maizie, 12, is older than her years; her mother left the family four years ago, right after sister Grace was born, and her silent, gloomy father has a drinking problem. Read full book review >

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A HUMBLE LIFE by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Illustrations and prose magically come together in this rich view of a culture that's reminiscent of a peaceful dream. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In a poetic look at life in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, High (Under New York, p. 184, etc.) takes the reader through the seasons, illuminating the existence of Plain People. Read full book review >

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COOL BOPPER’S CHOPPERS by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Not the weightiest tale on the shelves, but still good silly, be-boppin' fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When Cool Bopper, the saxophonist of the Snazzy Catz Jazz Club, loses his false teeth during a particularly impassioned scat, he loses his bop at the same time. Read full book review >

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A CHRISTMAS STAR by Linda Oatman High
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Whatever readers surmise from the text—that this is either the person who has stolen the gifts and had second thoughts (along the lines of How the Grinch Stole Christmas) or another person entirely returning stolen goods—it's more odd than magical. (Picture book. 4-6)"
From High (Hound Heaven, 1995, etc.), a Christmas story set in the Depression features an element of mystery that may leave readers more puzzled than uplifted. Read full book review >