Search Results: "Loren Schweninger"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"A well-crafted and carefully researched account that opens a new window onto a dark and painful chapter in American history."
In a searing indictment of plantation life in the antebellum South, noted historian Franklin (professor emeritus at Duke Univ.) and Schweninger (History/Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro) use primary documents such as court records, newspapers, and letters of contemporaries, including slaves themselves, to show that slaves often resisted their condition by means direct and indirect, and frequently to the point of running away. Read full book review >

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LITTLE TREE by Loren Long
by Loren Long, illustrated by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Tender and gentle and altogether lovely. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Little Tree loves his leaves so much that he refuses to let them go. Read full book review >

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OTIS AND THE KITTENS by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Keep on puffin', Otis! (Picture book. 4-8)"
When there's an emergency on the farm, can friendly tractor Otis save the day? Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"The reader is left hanging and may not be willing to follow the team. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Griffith, Ruby, Graham and their mother are barnstorming across the Midwest with the Travelin' Nine baseball team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Bring on game three. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In order to raise money to pay off an enormous debt, Griffith, Graham, Ruby and their mother are barnstorming with the Travelin' Nine, a baseball team made up of their late father's friends from the Rough Riders. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"The illustrated, kid-friendly instructions have no more than six steps, and the insets of the club members conversing and cavorting will engage preschoolers while parents ready work spaces for action. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Squirrel and raccoon friends Winky, Skipper, and Tag from The Make-Something Club (1994) reunite on a cold winter day for the making of 12 preschool projects, one for each month of the year. Read full book review >

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SLUGGERS #5 by Loren Long
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"The series premise has worn vanishingly thin, and neither the old-timey baseball talk nor Long's occasional technically accomplished charcoal drawings are enough to keep this overlong leg of the road trip moving. (Historical fantasy. 10-12)"
In this bloated, dispensable—and, despite the title and setting, blues-free—episode, the 1899 baseball team with the magic ball travels to New Orleans, discovers a spy (anachronistically dubbed a "mole") in its ranks and sees eight-year-old Graham, son of the team's catcher Elizabeth, come into his own as the superstar "Chosen One" destined to save baseball from a never-specified threat posed by the glowering "Chancellor." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD by Watty Piper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Not a replacement, surely, but a companion, this will travel proudly next to the one that first thought it could. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A genuine meme came into the language from this beloved story, now reaching its fourth generation of children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I DREAM OF TRAINS by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Perhaps—but the dream of boarding a train to find one's 'place in the big wide world' is one that echoes through every generation. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this poetic reverie, a sharecropper's son dreams of riding with Casey Jones and his fireman Sim Webb. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLACK WOMEN OF THE OLD WEST by William Loren Katz
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In spite of these difficulties, this is recommended for its useful content and rare quotes and picturess. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A serviceable text and wonderful black-and-white photographs of 19th-century and early 20th century black women document all but forgotten players in the landscape of the western states and territories. Read full book review >

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KING OF THE CORNER by Loren D. Estleman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1992

"Neither as colorful nor as vigorous as the earlier volumes- -but, still, a pleasing if rather rambling mystery-thriller boasting a likable lead, nice baseball metaphors, and a boldly chilling portrait of Coleman A. Young as a devil incarnate."
A paroled felon takes a walk on the wild side of the law in this relatively slight yet satisfying conclusion to Estleman's Detroit crime trilogy (Whiskey River, Motor City). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE UNDERTAKER’S WIFE by Loren D. Estleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Master stylist and storyteller Estleman, who writes mainly about professionals like himself, offers a gilded companion to The Master Executioner (2001). Read full book review >