Search Results: "Michael Scotto"


BOOK REVIEW

POSTCARDS FROM PISMO by Michael Scotto
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2012

"An uncomplicated but fervent and timely show of support. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A class assignment blossoms into friendship as a fourth-grade (later fifth-) Californian showers a young soldier stationed in Afghanistan with letters, e-mail messages and postcards. Read full book review >

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LATASHA AND THE LITTLE RED TORNADO by Michael Scotto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"There are some bright spots, including a satisfying ending that's not too neat, but this is too long, and too clearly written with a grown-up's sensibility to have as much kid appeal as it could have had. (Fiction. 9-11)"
What's an 8-year-old with a working single mother and an energetic dog to do when her puppy's high energy (the "zoomies") threatens to try their landlady's patience? Read full book review >

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BE A BUDDY, NOT A BULLY by Michael Scotto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"The affordable price of this app makes it a low-risk investment, and parents may find the story helpful in stimulating conversation about bullying. But they'll likely need to fill in a lot of holes. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)"
A well-meaning but weak story about dealing with bullies. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATE KOOSTOE by Michael Scotto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 20, 2011

"A bit livelier than the simultaneously published print edition, but the digital enhancements are anemic at best. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A young would-be pirate learns that kindness and other intangibles are the real "treasures" in this lesson-driven episode. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CAR GOES FAR by Michael Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"An inviting, accessible title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Garland's little red car invites children along for a ride to reading success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELECOPTER by Michael Slack
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"'Go, Elecopter! Go!' (Picture book. 2-5)"
Who keeps the savanna and its animals safe? Elecopter! Read full book review >

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CAT TALE by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Smart and accessible, charming and witty, this is one for educators and adventurers alike. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hall cleverly plays with homophones in this diverting word adventure. Read full book review >

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IN THE SMALL by Michael Hague
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2008

"This extremely anomalous ending offers only the vaguest of hints toward further explanation, possibly in a sequel, and will leave readers scratching their heads, if not thoroughly disgusted. (Science fiction/graphic novel. YA)"
Vibrant art is incongruously juxtaposed against a poorly executed story line. Read full book review >

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DOLPHIN BOY by Michael Morpurgo
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A happy tale that carries the now almost contrarian idea that good deeds indeed are, occasionally, properly rewarded. (Picture book. 7-9)"
The renowned team's newest collaboration celebrates a collective act of kindness. Read full book review >