Search Results: "Michael Ruby"


BOOK REVIEW

PENELOPE MARCH IS MELTING by Jeffrey Michael Ruby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Like the turnips that serve as daily bread in Glacier Cove, this is hard to swallow. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
An avid reader becomes a "plucky heroine" in real life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 16, 2010

"Like most books on the CIA and other covert organizations, this one has been rigorously edited to avoid revealing sensitive details. But Kiriakou offers an original, boots-on-the-ground perspective on the war on terror."
Acerbic memoir of a truncated career at the CIA. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Good-natured, self-serving, with useful lessons for budding officeholders (hint: let someone powerful introduce you to your first big crowd). We'll be hearing more from this author."
"I love campaigning, honing the message and delivering it to the voters": a political memoir of the sort that usually precedes a bid for the presidency—a possibility the present New Mexico governor surely keeps close to his heart. Read full book review >

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VEGAN IS LOVE by Ruby Roth
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 2012

"Roth offers a strong statement in support of a philosophy that some adults may wish to share with the children in their lives. (suggestions for further action) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Sure to provoke controversy and discussion, this illustrated introduction to vegan living occasionally leans too heavily on assumptions but generally offers a clear view of the topic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Children young enough for this are in no position to make dietary choices for themselves; it will work best for children in already vegan or vegetarian households. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
From an opening that establishes all earthlings' mutual connection, Roth follows with evidence of humanlike behavior among animals. Read full book review >

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REBEL SPIRITS by Lois Ruby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2013

"A squeaky-clean romance for the youngest end of YA or readers who want nothing objectionable when it comes to love stories. (Ghost story. 12 & up)"
Fervor for the Civil War never dies; neither can one of its soldiers. Read full book review >

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GOOD GIRLS by Laura Ruby
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"The romantic ending fails to convince, though kids should take heart in Audrey's courage and comfort in the notion that life goes on, even after a horrific humiliation. (Fiction. YA)"
The dark side of the digital age is revealed in this cautionary tale about a good girl who is photographed while "hooking up" with a popular senior. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY ONE GOOD NERVE by Ruby Dee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1998

"As Oscar Wilde put it, 'A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.' (A joint memoir by Dee and her husband, Ossie Davis, will be published by William Morrow, also in November.) (b&w photos, not seen)"
With this painfully sincere collection of poems, stories, and character pieces, Ruby Dee joins the unhappy pantheon of actors, such as Jimmy Stewart and Leonard Nimoy, who have strayed disastrously into scribbling. Read full book review >

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THE CHAOS KING by Laura Ruby
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2007

"Grand amusement for the hip and clever. (Fiction. YA)"
Another zany adventure unfolds in a startlingly odd alternate universe showcasing Ruby's humorous narration and including characters from The Wall and the Wing (2006.) Read full book review >

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THE WALL AND THE WING by Laura Ruby
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Less than the sum of its imaginative parts, this misses the high mark set by her Lily's Ghosts (2003). (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Gurl, like all the orphans in Hope House for the Homeless and Hopeless, doesn't remember her given name, if she ever had one, so she has to content herself with the one headmistress Terwiliger has handed her that's a borderline insult. Read full book review >

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SHANGHAI SHADOWS by Lois Ruby
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the romantic ending is ultimately unsatisfying, Ilse's story offers another culture's perspective on the effects of war. (Fiction. 12-14)"
When the Nazi's invade Austria in 1939, 12-year-old Ilse Shpann and her family flee to Japanese-occupied Shanghai with nothing more than her father's violin. Read full book review >