Search Results: "Marcy Ramsey"


BOOK REVIEW

TOP WING by Matt Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Christopher's handling of underlying issues is uncharacteristically exaggerated; still, his soccer action is dependably fast and furious. (Fiction. 8-11)"
In his latest sports story, Christopher skates the edge of self-parody. Read full book review >

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IN OUR BACKYARD GARDEN by Eileen Spinelli
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"By the end, readers will feel like members of this engaging family. (Poetry. 7-10)"
In a series of free-verse observations, a child tracks a year's changes in her extended family through episodes in her grandparents' garden. Read full book review >

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DARE TO BE, M.E.! by Anne LeMieux
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1997

"The Bobowicks aren't quite the Krupniks, but they're well worth a visit, and the lessons slide down easily. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 10-12)"
Storm clouds gather but don't stand a chance in this sunny, thematically encyclopedic follow-up to Fruit Flies, Fish & Fortune Cookies (1994). Read full book review >

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TOYING WITH DANGER by Drew Stevenson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Fiction. (9-11)"
Clark returns—with Sarah and his best friend Frog—for another ``Sarah Capshaw Mystery.'' When the three come across a Frankenstein robot in a barn, the discovery that it belongs to a toy inventor initially squashes Sarah's hopes for a monstrously good mystery. Read full book review >

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ANYONE CAN EAT SQUID by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"The shelves might be full of similar series, but Sarah should find her fans with a little help. (Fiction 7-10)"
Eight-year-old Sara Simpson wants to do something extra-ordinary, but she thinks she's the most normal girl on the planet. Read full book review >

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PATCHES AND SCRATCHES by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

"The universal appeal of Sarah and her friend's kindhearted compassion, combined with her dogged determination to resolve dilemmas, will keep readers anticipating further adventures of the ever-resourceful Sarah. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Sarah—the "Idea Girl"—Simpson uses her trademark ingenuity to solve a tricky problem for a friend in this third installment of the series. Read full book review >

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SIMPLY SARAH by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Ink-and-wash drawings add visual appeal. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Naylor continues her series featuring "Idea Girl" Sarah Simpson in a pigeon disaster that takes place outside her Chicago apartment window. Read full book review >

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OLD PEOPLE, FROGS, AND ALBERT by Nancy Hope Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Wilson (Becoming Felix, 1996, etc.) pens a gentle story; the moment Albert reads to Mr. Spear, and finds the other residents listening in, is done without sentimentality. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 7-9)"
Fourth-grader Albert has always been a little afraid of the Pine Manor Nursing Home, which he passes on the way home from school; the residents wave at him, but he just can't relax until he's well past it. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE FROST IS GONE by Miriam Bat-Ami
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Bat-Ami shows promise, but she's tried to encompass far too much in this very brief novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Natalie's best friend Tasha is African-American; Mr. Pettinato, an Italian-American, lives next door; Natalie herself is white. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SYD AND MARCY by Beaird Glover
Released: Dec. 26, 2012

"A compelling, if occasionally awkward, crime novel."
Glover's debut novel delivers an engaging Southern noir tale, in which bad decisions and shocking violence are the norm. Read full book review >

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ONE DOG DAY by J. Patrick Lewis
ANIMALS
Released: April 30, 1993

"Still, worth a try—especially, with its folksy dialogue, as a readaloud. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A well-regarded author of poetry for children (A Hippopotamusn't, 1990) concocts a comic literary tale about a 12- year-old who enters her collie in an unusual two-part race for coon dogs: following a caged coon in a rowboat, they swim across a pond, then dash to the base of a pole to whose top the coon has been whisked. Read full book review >

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TO MARCY, WITH LOVE by Henry Denker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1996

"Denker is familiar with both his hospital setting (a description of the nature of brain trauma is unforgettable) and his moral high ground; too bad he made Pepper such an essentially contemptible cad."
The language is often as clinical as the subject matter in this simple, monotonous story of a golden boy's fight back from a brutal car accident; this time out, Denker (This Child is Mine, 1995, etc.) tackles the inherently mind-numbing topic of physical therapy with his trademark extra shot of insulin. Read full book review >