Search Results: "Michael Slater"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY & THE BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"Presented as a grand adventure, the moment when a child first learns to read is powerfully rendered in this well-made story. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A nearly wordless picture book presents the "I can read" moment. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT CHARLES DICKENS SCANDAL by Michael Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A sexy story resting on a bed of comprehensive scholarship and pursued with Sherlock-ian imagination."
A noted Dickens scholar and biographer traces the story of Dickens' relationship with young actress Nelly Ternan, an affair that has titillated Dickens fans and scholars since the mid 19th century. Read full book review >

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THE BORED BOOK by David Michael Slater
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Michael Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook (2003) and Barbara Lehman's Red Book (2004) are but two of several better uses of the book-as-gateway trope. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two quarrelsome preteen sibs are exiled to a dusty attic full of books and find one (cleverly titled "The Bored Book") that unfolds massively to cast the pair into quick encounters with a troll, pirates, a squad of knights in armor and a dragon. Read full book review >

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MAGPIE'S TREASURE by Kate Slater
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The message is presented with a deft touch in this colorful and appealing tale. (Picture book. 4-6)"
When a burglar bird goes after the object of his dreams, he learns a valuable lesson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 1991

"Persuasive, comprehensive, and precious at this historical moment."
An insightful, timely examination of the fragility of America's commitment to democracy, by cultural analyst Slater (How I Saved the World, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >

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HAIR OF THE DOG by Susan Slater
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2015

"Dan's third appearance starts out strong but fades in the back stretch as complications pile on and coincidences pile up."
Insurance investigator Dan Mahoney (Rollover, 2014, etc.) checks out monkey business at a Florida greyhound track.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A balanced, interpretive progress report on a world-class business leader whose career story remains to be told in full."
A workmanlike appreciation of John Francis (``Neutron Jack'') Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVERS & HATERS by Calvin Slater
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Readers who bring to the novel an understanding of the circumstances impoverished inner-city life can beget will find inspiration in Xavier's story. (Fiction. 14-18)
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A gritty yet heartwarming debut for teens chronicles the coming-of-age of 16-year-old Xavier Hunter, who navigates new love amid the challenges of drugs, gangs and other woes in inner-city Detroit. Read full book review >

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RABIN OF ISRAEL by Robert Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 1993

"Slater's admirable and admiring portrait of Rabin contends that only this ruffled but proud bird, this hawkish dove, can deliver the olive branch to the contentious Middle East. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
A new and significantly expanded edition of Time correspondent Slater's 1977 biography (not reviewed) of Yitzhak Rabin, Israel's past and present prime minister. Read full book review >

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WARRIOR STATESMAN by Robert Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"No eyes are patched in this juicy, well-researched book."
An engaging look into the private and public life of Moshe Dayan, Israeli soldier, politician, and diplomat. Read full book review >

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THE $60,000 DOG by Lauren Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Beautifully written, and not just for animal lovers."
Slater (Blue Beyond Blue: Extraordinary Tales for Ordinary Dilemmas, 2005, etc.) shares her thoughts and feelings about animals in a revealing, often surprising memoir. Read full book review >

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WOLF BOYS by Dan Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engrossing and readable yet nightmarish vision of a hyperviolent and corporatized narcotics industry, seducing a new generation with minimal alternatives."
A grisly yet compelling tale of impoverished Mexican-American youth molded into assassins by Los Zetas, the fearsome drug cartel. Read full book review >