Search Results: "Marlene Carvell"


BOOK REVIEW

WHO WILL TELL MY BROTHER? by Marlene Carvell
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"It is a realistically heartening story for teenagers who have a battle to fight, and might also be useful for sparking class discussion. (Fiction. 12-17)"
Evan is a typical high-school student who chooses an a-typical, unpopular position: to ask the PTA to withdraw his school's Indian mascot. Read full book review >

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CAUGHT BETWEEN THE PAGES by Marlene Carvell
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"The message here is not a bad one, but its obviousness kills the story. (Fiction. YA)"
Sullen P.J. lives a pretty lonely life. Read full book review >

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SWEETGRASS BASKET by Marlene Carvell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"This satisfying read will awaken young readers to a situation often ignored in our history. (Fiction. 9-14)"
In her second novel, Carvell (Who Will Tell My Brother?, 2002) employs alternating voices to create a poignant verse novel telling the historically sensitive story of Mohawk sisters who were sent to the Carlisle Indian School after the death of their mother. Read full book review >

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DEAD IS A BATTLEFIELD by Marlene Perez
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 6, 2012

"Fun for the right audience. (Paranormal suspense. 10-16)"
A high-school freshman learns that she's one of a group of women who fight evil beasties in her supernatural town of Nightshade, Calif. Read full book review >

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MYRON’S MAGIC COW by Marlene Newman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A deft, daffy, thought-provoking debut for Newman. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In this faintly surreal urban episode, young Myron is unwillingly dispatched to buy a container of milk, and returns to his apartment with a huge cow—purchased from a glib blonde, who claims she bought it for a handful of beans before speeding away in a car with three bears. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"While the Disney-esque tale feels saccharine at times, the fast-paced, eventful plot will appeal to younger readers who are able to suspend their disbelief and enter a nicer world than our own."
Loftus' young adult novel creates a fantasy world of good kings, evil witches and happily-ever-afters. Read full book review >

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PLANET TAD by Tim Carvell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"So does this tedious effort to climb aboard the bandwagon. (line drawings, mood icons) (Fiction. 10-12)"
A phoned-in Diary of a Wimpy Kid wannabe from a Mad Magazine and Daily Show writer. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

For chapter-book readers, an accessible and informative illustrated biography of the winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize, tracing Mench£'s hard life from birth in a remote Mayan village in the mountains of Guatemala to the present. Read full book review >

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TRIOMF by Marlene van Niekirk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2004

"A remarkably evocative portrayal of the usually ignored white underclass: the best post-apartheid novel yet."
A distinguished new voice from South Africa writes about a white working-class Afrikaner family with a shameful secret as the end of Apartheid draws near. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO PLANET TAD by Tim Carvell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A smile or two for those with severely short attention spans, not much more. (Fiction. 8-12)"
More tidbits from Planet Tad, compiled from a fictional blog originally published in Mad Magazine (Planet Tad, 2012). Read full book review >