Search Results: "Martha Tarcici"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 30, 2010

"Vivid period details and a forthright heroine help smooth the rough edges of this rags-to-riches story."
Rosa Rizzio and her friends take different paths to escape the poverty of New York City's Lower East Side during the 1940s. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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I’LL NEVER SHARE YOU, BLACKBOARD BEAR by Martha Alexander
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A spare and effective vote for sharing (and a good example of how to avoid a pulping), cleverly drawn by Alexander to invest the real world with watercolor dreaminess, while the fantastical bear maintains a concrete—indeed, opaque gray—presence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Alexander adds a new tale to her much-loved series about the bear who comes to life from a drawing on a blackboard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD BABY BROTHER by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 1997

"Weston (Bea's 4 Bears, 1992, etc.) emphasizes the older sister's concerns by inserting dialogue into the frames of watercolor and colored-pencil pictures. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An adequate look at the arrival of a baby brother, told from a precocious older sister's perspective. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EMILIE & THE HOLLOW WORLD by Martha Wells
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 2, 2013

"A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Running away from home never sounded so good, especially when it involves stowing away on a ritzy, cloaked-in-magic ship. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE DIAMOND DOG COLLAR by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"This little gem will be just right for grade-school detectives and budding politicians alike. (Mystery. 7-11)"
The vivacious daughters of the President of the United States, Cammie and her younger sister Tessa, are back at their sleuthing best in this follow up to The Case of the Rock 'n' Roll Dog (2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISTIK LAKE by Martha Brooks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"An exceptional writer, Brooks once again immerses readers in a fully realized fictional world and leaves them potentially wiser for the experience. (Fiction. YA)"
This beautifully crafted novel explores the lives and secrets of three generations of females in a Canadian family, especially teenager Odella, who narrates most chapters. Read full book review >

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1,000 REASONS NEVER TO KISS A BOY by Martha Freeman
FICTION
Released: June 15, 2007

"Nonetheless, it's a wholesome read that will undoubtedly be popular with female teen readers. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sixteen-year-old Jane has had it with boys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO STOLE UNCLE SAM? by Martha Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Fine fare for summer reading. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Although they agreed never to try to solve mysteries again, Alex and Yasmeen can't resist when Sam Banner, Alex's baseball coach, disappears into a porta potty and reappears only after the game, the team's first win of the season. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACT I, ACT II, ACT NORMAL by Martha Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"Topher navigates his way through it all and finds success on the stage and a sure sense of his place in the world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Into the middle school world of Populars, Jocks, Goths, Losers, and generally pissed-off and kiss-ass kids comes Christopher Blakely, known as Topher to his friends. Read full book review >