Search Results: "Maureen McCarthy"


BOOK REVIEW

ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME by Maureen McCarthy
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2008

"Older teens just stepping into adulthood will recognize and appreciate Rose's authentic transformative experiences. (Fiction. YA)"
Rose's road trip up the Australian coast invokes flashbacks from the previous year, when her parents' marriage, plans for college and best friendship all fell apart. Read full book review >

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WHEN YOU WISH UPON A RAT by Maureen McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Despite winning, original moments, the parts, unfortunately, do not add up to a satisfying whole. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Everything goes wrong after Ruth loses Rodney the rat, a present from her Aunt Mary Ellen: Mary Ellen dies, Ruth fights with her friends, and her family becomes an embarrassment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Best for newcomers to classical music; seasoned listeners and trained musicians may find themselves alternating between agreement and consternation."
A study of music that puts the emphasis on listening rather than understanding. Read full book review >

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BOOK REPORT for The Shadow Cabinet (The Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 6

Talky Talk: Straight Up With A Sense of Humor

Bonus Factors: Cults, Underground London

Relationship Status: Where Do You Think You’re Going?

 

Cover Story: Smoke and Mirrors

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ALL THE WHILE THE SLIME WAS UNDER THE BUILDING
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)  by Maureen Johnson

Cover Story: A For Effort
BFF Charm: Roger Murtaugh
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Straight Up With a Twist
Bonus Factors: Ghosts, London, Creepy Old Insane Asylum
Relationship Status: Rebound


 

Cover Story: A For Effort

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BOOK REVIEW

SEABISCUIT THE WONDER HORSE by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"A winning introduction to the sport of kings for the read-aloud set. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
In the late 1930s, when times were tough and people went to the races to escape, they fell in love with a small, funny-looking, underdog horse gentled and trained so well he beat the elegant War Admiral with an unfamiliar jockey in the saddle. Read full book review >

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THE WILDEST RACE EVER by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Solid research underpins whimsy in McCarthy's latest historical foray. (historical note, photographs, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, McCarthy spotlights the men's marathon at the first Olympic Games hosted by the United States, held at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF BALTO by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"An intelligent read-aloud for those not quite ready to tackle the existing independent readers. (maps, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Every dog has his day, but Balto's life is comparable to an early 20th-century movie star's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"It's a lighthearted but well-researched glimpse into one of our country's quirkier collective moments, and readers will (justly) come away wondering whether it could happen again. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-11)"
Sandwiched between a look at Depression-era radios and a set of fanciful period advertisements, McCarthy delivers a semi-serious account of the 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast, illustrating both passages from the script and briefly told descriptions of widespread panic with smudgy cartoon scenes featuring bug-eyed monsters and equally bug-eyed people. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF PATTY AND THE BIG RED BUS by Meghan McCarthy
ADVENTURE
Released: March 8, 2005

"In the final scene, the sisters' blocky conveyance turns out to be up on cinderblocks—but that makes its travels no less exciting, nor less hilarious the disconnect between the pictures and big sister's slanted version of events. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two siblings travel from a high mountaintop to the sea's deeps, from a circus to deep space, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to little sisters, and to red VW minibuses, everywhere. Read full book review >

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CITY HAWK by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Although this story appears in the lengthy author's note (along with a 'Learn More About Central Park' featurette and a jam-packed bibliography), its curious absence from the body of the text leaves readers with little to care about. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The year's second book to shine the spotlight on New York City's most famous red-tailed hawk provides fun images but misses the narrative mark. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While Greenwood was indeed an interesting character, the more valuable—even revolutionary—takeaway is that history isn't necessarily reliable; it can change, and McCarthy's genius is that she communicates this so easily to her audience. (Informational picture book. 4-10)"
A look not just at the invention (or not) of earmuffs, but at the process of inventing and the way that history can rewrite itself. Read full book review >