Search Results: "Marianne Carus"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRE AND WINGS by Marianne Carus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"The familiar motifs, exotic settings, and protagonists that demonstrate courage, cleverness, resourcefulness, and compassion make this collection one that will entertain and feed minds and the desire for dragons of all those who read or hear these tales. (Short stories. 9-12)"
Carus's (911: The Book of Help, p. 950, etc.) storytellers draw motifs from traditional folklore wrapped around fiery dragons that are more enchanting than menacing. Read full book review >

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911 by Michael Cart
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A teacher's guide will be available online, and a portion of the profits from the anthology will be donated to a scholarship fund for relatives of the victims. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
The title of this timely anthology emphasizes the connection between the 9-11 terrorist attacks and the 911 emergency assistance phone number, offering both teens and adults thoughtful, provocative literature that may help with preliminary discussions and perspective on this difficult subject. Read full book review >

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CARTWHEEL TO THE MOON by Emanuel di Pasquale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Sicilian landscape and custom fit as naturally into the poetry as the stones and the sea—young readers will find that landscape reflected in Thompson's black-and-white images, the pages nicely balanced between text and illustration. (Poetry. 7-12)"
A beautiful memoir of the poet's childhood in Sicily is conveyed in richly evocative verse. Read full book review >

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I BELIEVE IN YOU by Marianne Richmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Despite its overall good intentions, the book feels rushed and ill considered, with little offered by way of identification to get readers involved. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Well-intentioned cheerleading falls flat. Read full book review >

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THE BUS RIDE by Marianne Dubuc
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Good for imagination and travel, this merry bus ride has glimmers of 'Little Red Riding Hood' but is entirely itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Clara (named only on the book jacket) narrates her own story of the first time she goes to Grandma's house on the bus by herself. Read full book review >

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OH, THE THINGS MY MOM WILL DO... by Marianne Richmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Eschewing the usual saccharine odes to motherhood, this title should lead to laughter and some recognition for all the crazy things moms do out of love. (Picture book. 4-6)"
It is said that mothers will do anything for their children. In this humorous slip of a tale, readers see just how far moms often go. Read full book review >

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LESSONS FOR LIFE by Marianne Pickering
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

Published in cooperation with the Denver Museum of Natural History, this title in the Our Human Family series seeks to explore the human quest for understanding, but it lacks clear definitions and the examples are often atypical or confusing. ``Every human culture has systems to guide the mental, physical, and moral growth of its members,'' states Pickering in her first book, and then describes how cultures around the world, grouped by geographic region (Europe and the Middle East fall under one chapter), provide academic, social, vocational, and personal education. Read full book review >

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DIE ONCE by Marianne Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2002

"Crisp dialogue and just enough London mise-en-scène give Macdonald a leg up on her competitors in the single-heroine-with-too-many-boyfriends genre—although the main twist in this plot is obvious all the way from Russell Square."
The sixth in a series (Road Kill, 2000, etc.) by Britisher Macdonald. Read full book review >

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DEATH'S AUTOGRAPH by Marianne Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Next time, if we're lucky, she'll be engaged in shenanigans less confusing than these."
Dido Hoare is an antiquarian book dealer in London, following the footsteps of her ailing, semi-retiring father Barnabas. Read full book review >

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THREE MONKEYS by Marianne Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2005

"Throughout it all, Macdonald struggles admirably but not always successfully to bridge the gap between the cozy circle of Dido's extended family, notable for the warmth between her and her father, and the sordid crimes she's stumbled onto this time."
The Christmas rush must wait while antiquarian bookseller Dido Hoare (Die Once, 2003, etc.) is caught between a dismembered corpse and the London police. Read full book review >

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SMOKE SCREEN by Marianne Macdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Dido's third puzzle isn't really all that much, but what there is she solves charmingly."
A friend warns Dido Hoare, antiquarian bookseller and sometime sleuth (Ghost Walk, 1998, etc.) that the woman he refers to as Her Majesty means trouble. Read full book review >