Search Results: "Melanie Crowder"


BOOK REVIEW

PARCHED by Melanie Crowder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 4, 2013

"A wrenching piece with a wisp of hope for the protagonists if not for the rest of their world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
With severe drought, child enslavement, and multiple shootings of people and dogs, this slim volume isn't for the faint of heart, though it repays those who soldier on. Read full book review >

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AUDACITY by Melanie Crowder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Compelling, powerful and unforgettable. (historical note, interview, glossary, sources) (Historical fiction/poetry. 12-18)"
A novel in verse featuring the real-life Clara Lemlich, a courageous, tenacious warrior for workers' rights in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City. Read full book review >

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A NEARER MOON by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A quiet story of perseverance and hope, exquisitely written with words and images that demand savoring. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
The interconnected tale of two girls, one human and the other a water sprite, determined to save their beloved sisters. Read full book review >

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THREE PENNIES by Melanie Crowder
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A beautifully written and thoroughly modern family breaking-and-making story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
As tectonic plates shift underneath San Francisco, 11-year-old Marin rearranges the spaces in her own heart for the woman who wants to be her mother. Read full book review >

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AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY by Melanie Crowder
Released: June 13, 2017

"A riveting, Dickensian tale set in 1990s Bolivia. (glossary, selected sources) (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
Francisco, a middle-class Bolivian high school senior, and his younger sister must move into a dangerous prison after their indigenous father is wrongfully arrested. Read full book review >

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Ink Calls to Ink by Nathan Crowder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 23, 2015

"An intriguing concept, but uneven execution clouds this literary alternate reality."
Crowder's (Cobalt City Blues, etc.) sci-fi novel reimagines characters from an array of literary sources—from the Greek classics to Charles Dickens—as outcasts in a gritty, present-day London.Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1999

"A story-hour gem. (Picture book/folklore. 5-9)"
An uproarious tangled tale from Han (The Rabbit's Judgment, 1994, etc.) that works, because it retains the natural and spontaneous inventiveness of its folk origins. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 8, 2006

"Indispensable for serious recreational gamblers."
A clinical psychologist turned professional casino gambler reveals the secrets of his success. Read full book review >

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THE RABBIT'S JUDGMENT by Suzanne Crowder Han
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"An unusual and attractive edition of a wise and worthy story. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-10)"
Citing this sage tale's previous appearance in her own Korean Folk and Fairy Tales, Han discusses the various sources she consulted for her retelling. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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MY BEAK, YOUR BEAK by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"As there's no corresponding sense of closure in My Beak, Your Beak, the two titles form a seamless whole, making this more like one work for the price of two—still, the theme is certainly important enough to justify the extra expense. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Walsh (Big and Little, not reviewed, etc) continues to delight and inform toddlers with these two celebrations of unity in diversity. Read full book review >