Search Results: "Maria Birmingham"


BOOK REVIEW

MARIA by Theodore Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Predictable but pleasant. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Taylor (The Cay, 1969, plus numerous other adventures) fashions a heartwarmer about a Mexican-American's efforts to get her people included in their California town's Christmas festivities. Read full book review >

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AUNT MARIA by Diana Wynne Jones
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Setting the stage takes a bit long here, and the story is neither Jones's wittiest nor her most thought-provoking; still, the plot has that delightful intricacy her fans admire, and its multiplicity of details is remarkably imaginative. (Fiction. 12+)"
With her usual facility, Jones plunges an ordinary family, in shock from the apparent death of their half-divorced Dad and newly entrapped by the needs of a decrepit great-aunt, into a weird mix of small-town pettiness, magic, and witchcraft, all overlaid with a wryly original look at the war between the sexes. Read full book review >

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BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY by Larry Dane Brimner
FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2010

"A standout book for its thorough research and comprehensive look at the incident that led to the 1964 passage of civil-rights legislation. (further reading, author's note, source notes, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Brimner focuses on the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and successfully illuminates in chronological order the events, social tensions and political reverberations of that terror-filled time. Read full book review >

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LEAVING BIRMINGHAM by Paul Hemphill
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"A moving record of a painful personal journey toward acceptance of a deeply flawed parent and place. (Sixteen b&w photos)"
Timed for the 30th anniversary of Birmingham's infamous summer of racial violence: a memoir from Birmingham native son Hemphill that's as much about two men—his father and himself—as about the mind-set of a particular city. Read full book review >

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A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO IMMORTALITY by Maria Birmingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A tasty distillation of history, religion, chemistry, biology, technology, and pop culture. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A matter-of-fact chronicle of the long search for the elixir of life, the philosopher's stone, the fountain of youth, and other means of exceeding our allotted spans. Read full book review >

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BIRMINGHAM, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"It's a gorgeous memorial to the four killed on that horrible day, and to the thousands of children who braved violence to help change the world. (Poetry. 10-14)"
Exquisitely understated design lends visual potency to a searing poetic evocation of the Birmingham church bombing of 1963. Read full book review >

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BIOMETRICS by Maria Birmingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"It's a light once-over that really doesn't do the complex topic justice, but it may spur young readers into taking care with their IDs and personal information. (index, source list) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
From fingerprints to voice, tongue, and even odor recognition, Birmingham explores the ways our identities are being linked to unique physical features or behaviors. Read full book review >

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TASTES LIKE MUSIC by Maria Birmingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"An entertaining presentation of a fascinating topic that's more substantive and challenging than it looks. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
What if you couldn't remember a face—even your own? Imagine not being able to forget anything from your past. What if you had Barbie-doll hair, so stiff you couldn't possibly comb it?Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARIA MONTESSORI by Marie Tennent Shephard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 9, 1996

"But this is a fluent, readable work on an important figure often overlooked. (b&w photos, sources, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
The life of the ``Teacher of Teachers,'' the first female Italian doctor, who led, almost by accident, an education revolution, and who created in a Roman slum the teaching method that would become the basis for the system of Montessori schools. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Inspiring and incisive. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
One of those important pieces of history that somehow never made it into textbooks: the story of Maria Mitchell, a self-taught astronomer who discovered Comet Mitchell, served as an inspiring teacher, and was the first woman inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read full book review >

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WEIRDZONE: SPORTS by Maria Birmingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2013

"Any sports aficionado will easily be lost in these pages. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The title says it all. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"In stark and heartbreaking contrast to her Sesame Street character, Manzano paints a poignant, startlingly honest picture of her youth. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
Actress Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, provides a lyrical and unflinching account of her tough Nuyorican upbringing in the South Bronx. Read full book review >