Search Results: "Melanie Kupchynsky"


BOOK REVIEW

STRINGS ATTACHED by Joanne Lipman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Moving and motivating—a must-read for practicing professionals and would-be musicians."
Inspirational lessons from the life of one tough teacher. 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 >

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A HANDFUL OF SUNSHINE by Melanie Eclare
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Expect a run on sunflower seed packets next spring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An offbeat and engaging offering in an oversized format from a new press. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

JORDIN TOOTOO by Melanie Florence
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Like her subject, the author doesn't pull many punches in Tootoo's rousing, rather hard-bitten tale, which, thankfully, has a storybook ending aimed directly at teenage-boy reluctant readers. (Biography. 11-15)"
Hockey was born in Canada, so it comes as a shock to learn that the first Inuit to play in the National Hockey League was Jordin Tootoo, who made it to the Nashville Predators in 2003. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"McGrath achieves a balance between mockery and understanding that is rare among commentators on contemporary spirituality."
An Englishwoman's amused yet sympathetic journey through the New Age culture of the American West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AWAY FROM YOU by Melanie Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2005

"More Graham Greene than Doris Lessing, Finn writes with cool detachment and is best in recreating life among the fading colonialists."
Originally published in England, Finn's promising debut novel intertwines the story of a rootless young woman's return to Kenya after her estranged father's death with the history of her parents' unhappy life in mid-20th century East Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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

PLAYING FAST by Melanie Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Dynamic, sexy, and intense, especially perfect for baseball romance fans."
When Finn Castro, baseball's sexy bad boy, gets sent down to the Saint's minor league team to straighten out, he meets team administrator Eva Harlowe, who never, ever dates baseball players and isn't going to start with a troublemaker—no matter how tempting he is. Read full book review >