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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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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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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 1996

"From raunch to romance, from literary to lightweight."
The fourth in the most successful series so far of erotica written by women, this time edited by a contributor to the previous Herotica books and a writer for publications such as Penthouse and On Our Backs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD MARIE by Marcy Dermansky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Some will find this morally ambiguous little romp delicious, others repellent."
Marie truly is bad—a toddler kidnapping, husband stealing ex-con with a giant chip on her shoulder. Read full book review >