Search Results: "Martha Southgate"


BOOK REVIEW

THIRD GIRL FROM THE LEFT by Martha Southgate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"Art conquers all: Family mysteries are solved, and sassy, determined women triumph."
A compelling saga of love, film and family secrets. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER WAY TO DANCE by Martha Southgate
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Readers will be rooting for Vicki all the way. (Fiction. 12+)"
A probing ballet story about a young dancer who is untangling the differences between blending into the corps de ballet and subsuming her own individuality. Read full book review >

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THE TASTE OF SALT by Martha Southgate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Thoughtful if small in scale, the drama's ambivalences and ambiguities remain almost too low-key to build readers' interest before the tragic if unsurprising climax."
A master at portraying the hurdles faced by upwardly mobile African-Americans, Southgate (Third Girl from the Left, 2005, etc.) focuses her third novel on a marine biologist trying to escape her heritage. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF ROME by Martha Southgate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"An elegantly written story with serious concerns is lamentably undermined by much too often showing more than it tells."
Evocative but disappointingly inert, Southgate's second outing (after Another Way to Dance, 1996) depicts the conflicting tensions of experience and expectations that confront African-American males in traditionally white schools. Read full book review >

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THE DINOSAURS MEET DR. CLOCK by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2002

"Though only time will tell, Dr. Clock seems ready to rock on with more adventures in his time-travel machine. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
Time-travel, dinosaurs, and a scientist-inventor add up to a simple but satisfying equation in this mid-level easy reader. Dr. Clock travels in his time machine to the era of the dinosaurs, where he meets two plant-eating pachycephalosauri (cleverly introduced in the text with phonetic pronunciation of their tongue-twisting title). Read full book review >

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TUCK’S HAUNTED HOUSE by Martha Weston
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Slapstick comedy on scale for pint-sized readers, fans will rejoice in this follow-up tale featuring the zany antics of this inimitable piglet pair. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Weston's piggy siblings, Tuck and Bunny (Tuck in the Pool, 1995), finally return for a humorous Halloween escapade. Read full book review >

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BEA'S 4 BEARS by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 23, 1992

"A satisfying story that is also a winning introduction to counting- -appropriate Arabic numerals and their equivalents in dots appear unobtrusively in the colored margins of each page. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Off for a picnic, Bea leaves one of her four toy bears with her dog; then another needs a bath to get the peanut butter off his nose. Read full book review >

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QUEEN OF HEARTS by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"It's a testament to Brooks' fine and empathetic writing (Mistik Lake, 2007, etc.) that she's able to bring vividly and compassionately to life the parallel/alternate world of what Marie-Claire calls 'TB exiles' and create an emotionally rich, stirring story about loss, friendship, love and healing. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
An absorbing and quietly moving coming-of-age story about a French-Canadian teenager during World War II who contracts tuberculosis, along with her younger brother and sister, and is confined to a local sanatorium for long-term care just before her 16th birthday. Read full book review >

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WHO STOLE HALLOWEEN? by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Both tricks and treats in this enjoyable younger mystery. (Fiction. 8-11)"
The trio of sly sleuths from Who Is Stealing the 12 Days of Christmas (2003) is back as Yasmeen, Alex and his cat Luau pursue a serial catnapper in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

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FOURTH GRADE WIERDO by Martha Freeman
Released: Dec. 15, 1999

"Freeman's prose is spare but witty; few class weirdos have made the transition to hero so well, and readers will cheer as Dexter transforms himself into a colorful character, with plenty of new friends along the way. (Fiction. 8-12)"
How a tightly wrapped fourth grader discovers that life doesn't have to be completely predictable in order to be enjoyable makes for an entertaining and funny journey of self-discovery from Freeman (The Polyester Grandpa, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >