Search Results: "Margaret Olivia Wolfson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 31, 1999

"The watercolors feature a riotous display of palm trees, frolicking sea turtles, fish, and islanders; these scenes capture the spirit of the myth better than the somewhat stilted text that lacks most of the poetry of Wolfson's previous book. (Picture book/folklore. 6-9)"
A Fijian princess and her daughter paddle through the green and glassy sea, to the far reef to catch fish in this reworking of several myths from Wolfson (Marriage of the Rain Goddess, 1996). Read full book review >

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MARRIAGE OF THE RAIN GODDESS by Margaret Olivia Wolfson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"So well are text and art wedded that readers will close the book and feel as if they are the ones who have been in a dream. (Picture book/folklore. 6-11)"
The Zulu rain goddess is looking for a husband and none of the gods appeal to her—they are all ``too busy with their spears and shields.'' She flies down to earth and finds a cattle herder who strikes her fancy, and sends him her proposal in a dream. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Blackfish Inheritance by Thomas Wolfson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2015

"A smooth read that succeeds as a case study of the failed promise of the baby boomers."
In this debut novel, a son recounts his struggles living in the shadow of his famous father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Warmth by Sam Wolfson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A gleefully convoluted tapestry of subplots that will have conspiracy theorists reading it a second time."
An Aussie gets caught up in a global conspiracy after he becomes a suspect in a political assassination in Wolfson's debut dystopian thriller. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Well taken. A thoughtful, reasonable, and eminently worthy companion to recent books such as David Moats's Civil Wars (Feb. 2004)."
Why does marriage matter? In part, according to Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, because it secures civil rights that unmarried people—more specifically, unmarried gays and lesbians—do not have. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FURIOUS by Jill Wolfson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 16, 2013

"For readers moving beyond Percy Jackson into the more complex realm of teen angst, this is an enthralling and chilling tale that uses Greek mythology to create a timely fable. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
When a charismatic classmate unites three disenfranchised teens, they learn that their anger is an immense and terrifying power in this dark tale that gracefully weaves Greek myth with modern high school culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLD HANDS, WARM HEART by Jill Wolfson
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2009

"Detailed, accurate descriptions of medical procedures are leavened with humor and sincerity, providing a powerful, multifaceted exploration of ethics, love and the celebration of life. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
When Dani looks in the mirror she sees a "blue-lipped, cold-handed, gray-skinned fifteen-year-old." Read full book review >

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THE TETON SIOUX by Evelyn Wolfson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"List of important dates; glossary; excellent bibliography and index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A brisk but thorough and informative history of the Lakota (Teton Sioux), with a glance at the present: How they got to the Great Plains, life before and after the advent of horses, and various ceremonies (though the deep religious motivation characteristic of these people is not conveyed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Highly recommended. (10 b&w photos)"
Moving account of raising a son with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive degenerative disease that first cripples and then kills its young victims. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT I CALL LIFE by Jill Wolfson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"While the odd characters are interesting, it's the smart and unique voice that makes this story shine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Cal Lavender (11) has perfected what she calls "My Face for Unbearably Unpleasant and Embarrassing Situations," which unfortunately is coming in handy following her mother's latest public outburst. Read full book review >

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SKETCHY by Olivia Samms
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 30, 2013

"Urgently paced, this teen murder mystery weaves in elements of the supernatural to draw a vivid tale of suspense. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Bea's artistic talents take on a psychic dimension when a classmate is raped and left for dead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2002

"Consider inviting Tatiana to your next dinner party—most assuredly there'll never be a dull moment."
In the guise of an advice-to-the-lovelorn column, evolutionary biologist Judson masterfully conveys astonishing facts and figures about the sex lives of many, many creatures great and small. Read full book review >