Search Results: "Maxine Rose Schur"


BOOK REVIEW

SACRED SHADOWS by Maxine Rose Schur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The novel offers readers a moving glimpse of how public opinion set the stage for genocide, although that purpose occasionally engulfs the storyline and characters. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Schur (When I Left My Village, 1996, etc.) draws on family history for this ominous tale of German and Polish Jews facing rising tides of anti-Semitism in the years before Hitler's rise. Read full book review >

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DAY OF DELIGHT by Maxine Rose Schur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A handsome and informative book. (Pronunciation guide; glossary; author's note) (Fiction/Picture book. 4-10)"
``Well into the twentieth century the Beta Israel [Ethiopian Jews] were so isolated, they believed themselves to be the only Jews in the world,'' explains Schur (The Circlemaker, p. 74) in a note that also mentions the flight of many of their number to Sudan and Israel in the wake of civil war and famine in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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THE CIRCLEMAKER by Maxine Rose Schur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The genuinely evoked setting and circumstances and the plucky boy's narrow escapes compel attention; the fact that he's last seen boarding a ship, penniless but hoping to find an aunt in New York, suggests a sequel. (Fiction. 9-12)"
When his astonished enemy Dovid, a bully who tormented him back in their Russian village, asks why Mendel has risked his life to save Dovid's, Mendel—trying to fathom his own motives- -can only reply, ``I had to close a circle.'' He is recalling his father's words: ``All growing things live and die in a circle...My knowledge is part of a circle from my grandfather...to me...and now to you...it is when you give that you gain power...Only then do you become a circlemaker.'' At 12, Mendel has fled from the forcible induction of Jewish boys into the czar's army; by coincidence, one of the men who helps him toward the Hungarian border pairs him with Dovid—who has just escaped from the army—for the journey's last leg. Read full book review >

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WHEN I LEFT MY VILLAGE by Maxine Rose Schur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A handsome work. (Picture book. 6-10)"
From the team behind Day of Delight (1994), a fictionalized account of the 198491 Falasha exodus from Ethiopia to Israel, narrated in an elevated, almost epic style by 12-year-old Menelik. Read full book review >

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GULLIBLE GUS by Maxine Rose Schur
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"One can't believe everything one is told or reads, but this darn good yarn will have kids galloping through the pages of this middle reader. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Cowboy Gus is sweet but naïve. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2009

"Purchase only where the pictures will be appreciated. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
A baker's dozen of exotic animals are introduced in this intriguing title. Read full book review >

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PI-RAT! by Maxine Lee
by Maxine Lee, illustrated by Maxine Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Good piratical fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pirate rat and his fearless crew sail the seas—until a "monster" ends the voyage. Read full book review >

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M.J. ROSE - LA MAGIE ET L’AMOUR
by Bobbi Dumas

If you’ve followed my writing/reviews/blog for any length of time, there are a few things you may have picked up about me and my preferred reading.

I love Paris. I love books set during WWI, WWII, and the interwar years. I love stories with a magical element. And I certainly like an interesting twist.

So it should come ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL by Maxine O’Callaghan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The California freeways are teeming with scrappier, edgier, more engaging shamuses, and very likely more compelling professional killers as well."
Something for almost no one in this grab bag of 15 shorts written over a 25-year span. Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF RETURN by Maxine Rodburg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

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WINDFALL by Maxine Paetro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 1991

"It's all utterly predictable, but neatly poised between flippancy and sentiment: a smooth, wish-fulfilling ride for thirtysomething-ish females."
Paetro's third (following Babydreams, 1989, and Manshare, 1986) is a larkish tidbit that goes nicely with pi§a coladas and beach umbrellas—a trendy fantasy for the sorts of girls who invariably give their hearts to altar-shy guys. Read full book review >

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Tested by the Night by Maxine Mansfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"Pleasant adventure takes a back seat to eroticism in this fantasy romance."
With her bodyguard-turned-lover at her side and a few magical tricks up her sleeve, a princess embarks on a quest to earn the right to rule her patriarchal society in the fifth installment of Mansfield's (Touched by Magic, 2012, etc.) Academy Series. Read full book review >