Search Results: "Melanie Challenger"


BOOK REVIEW

MELANIE by Carol Carrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Everything from the knobs on Melanie's spinning wheel to the troll's red shoelaces house is in sharp, bright focus—everything, that is, but the story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Melanie is blind. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"A formidable inquiry into why the marvels of nature and the distinctiveness of cultures are constantly imperiled."
A deep look at the human capacity for extinction twined with roamings to the far ends of the earth, from poet and fledgling natural historian Challenger (Galatea, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 21, 2015

"An adventure in perspective as well as plot, this unusual foray into schizophrenia should leave readers with a deeper understanding of the condition. (author's note) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Fantasy becomes reality in an exploration of mental illness based partly on the experiences of the author's son, who is also the book's illustrator. Read full book review >

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CHALLENGER PARK by Stephen Harrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2006

"Lacks the manic, macho intensity of other astronaut tales (think Space Cowboys or The Right Stuff), giving it a comparatively staid—but much more mature—feel."
Peyton Place in space? A little. But while scandal is afoot in Challenger Park, life is mostly as complicated as it is everywhere else. The moral: There are things worth fighting for and people worth loving. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELANIE KLEIN by Julia Kristeva
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Of much substance, though of interest to a very small readership."
The second installment, of more narrow interest than her Hannah Arendt (p. 787), in postmodern pioneer Kristeva's planned three-volume triptych on female geniuses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEETING MELANIE by Nancy Garden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"Questions of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, class distinctions, wealth, and poverty are touched upon, if not wrestled with, and there's just enough food for thought to keep things interesting. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Allie, almost 12, loves her life on Seal Head Island off the coast of Maine, but it promises to be a hard summer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELANIE JANE by Susan Arkin Couture
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1996

"For actual silliness and less moralistic fervor, stick with Stieg's Spinky Sulks (1988). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bright colors and winsome illustrations cannot sweeten this didactic rhyming tale from two picture-book newcomers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2002

"Go, go, go girl. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The subtitle and cover set the tone, writing style, and scene for this breezy, fun, lighthearted read that quite naturally folds in contemporary issues of breast cancer fears and the meaning of intolerance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELANIE IN MANHATTAN by Carol Weston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Fun, fun, fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Home—for a travel adventure? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DIARY OF MELANIE MARTIN by Carol Weston
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"Sprinkled with exclamation points, pronounced Italian words ('piazza (Pee Ot Za)' etc) and small drawings, Melanie's journal will tease fans of the Eloise sequels and like travelogues into further armchair adventuring. (Fiction. 9-11)"
This teen gossip columnist's fiction debut floats like a bubble in the breeze, despite plenty of traumatic events and sibling conflict. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! by Melanie Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"While simplistic, it's a serviceable starter for discussions of spectrum disorders with younger neurotypical audiences. (URL list) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Isaac explains why he wears a mask and cape and sometimes has special needs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO PIGS HAVE STRIPES? by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The work is easily mastered, and doesn't bear rereading, but certainly has its charms. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Burning questions of the animal world are answered here: Does a bird have a big black wet nose? Read full book review >