Search Results: "Mel Glenn"


BOOK REVIEW

MEL by Liz Berry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1991

"This somewhat overdramatic aspect of the plot threatens, but never thwarts, its robust spirit or enterprising answers to life's ongoing difficulties. (Fiction. 12+)"
Likable, hard-working Mel emerges from her mother's neglect and abuse to take charge of her own future. Read full book review >

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SPLIT IMAGE by Mel Glenn
POETRY
Released: March 31, 2000

"Deeply felt, if not particularly profound. (Fiction. YA)"
Glenn (Foreign Exchange, 1999, etc.) returns to his favorite setting, turbulent Tower High, for more teen melodrama cast in short, mostly free verse, poems. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"His fans will find the characters falling into familiar types, and though at its best the poetry is exciting, some superficial, indifferent adults and the imminent crushing of so many hoop dreams give the story a bitter, discouraging cast. (Fiction/poetry. 12-15)"
Basketball dreams shatter when a high-school team bus goes out of control on an icy road in this latest novel-in-poems from Glenn (The Taking of Room 114, p. 222, etc.). Read full book review >

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WHO KILLED MR. CHIPPENDALE? by Mel Glenn
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Let readers decide, as they appreciate the multiple ironies here, search for clues, and look for echoes of their own peers and teachers in these vignettes. (Fiction/poetry. 11-15)"
A respected teacher's murder on school grounds sparks a series of free-verse reveries and comments from a large cast of students, colleagues, police officers, and members of the local community in this unusual, provocatively oblique whodunit, subtitled ``A Mystery in Poems.'' As in Glenn's most recent collection, My Friend's Got This Problem, Mr. Candler (1991), voices, attitudes, and concerns are realistically varied: Youthful optimism alternates with fear or disillusionment, pre-packaged opinions with thoughtful observations, anguish with disinterest. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: March 1, 1997

"An arresting, if undeveloped, premise cements a gallery of recognizable high-school seniors fretting about—or blowing off—their pasts and futures. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A veteran high-school teacher cracks, holding his class at gunpoint on the last day of school in this drama-in-poetry from Glenn (Who Killed Mr. Chippendale?, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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SQUEEZE PLAY: A Baseball Story by Mel Glenn
Released: March 19, 1989

More than a year after their triumph on the soccer field (Play-by-Play), Jeremy and his athletic friend Lloyd have a new problem: a teacher with a Mission. Mr. Shore may be new to the school, but he takes command from the first day—organizing the class into "squads" and "platoons," delivering lectures on competitive spirit, barking out orders and blame. Read full book review >

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GLENN GOULD by Peter F. Ostwald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

One of Gould's friends memorializes the virtuoso pianist. Read full book review >

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JOHN GLENN by John Glenn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1999

"Despite the simple, even pedestrian writing, Glenn's story of how he became a throwback to the heroic age of discovery is enduringly thrilling. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club Main Selection)"
Mr. Smith goes to NASA, then Washington, then NASA again. Read full book review >

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LENNY AND MEL by Erik P. Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"An impromptu neighborhood Flag Day parade, flagless but enthusiastic, caps this promising, easy-reading eye-roller. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Newcomer Kraft treads unafraid through Scieszka and Pinkwater territory with these holiday misadventures, perpetrated on, or by, clueless twins (fraternal ones, to judge from the stick figure illustrations) Lenny and Mel. Read full book review >

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GODSPEED, JOHN GLENN by Richard Hilliard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A way to show very young readers an astronaut story, but Sally Ride's To Space and Back (1986) is much more engaging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Hilliard's biography of John Glenn focuses on his first orbit of the earth in 1962 in Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule, but does briefly mention his early life and history. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

Drawing on their experience as high-school teachers, Glenn and Bernstein continue their series of vignettes of urban teenagers, begun with Class Dismissed! (1982). Read full book review >