Search Results: "Michael Whelan"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GUNSLINGER (THE DARK TOWER, BOOK 1) by Stephen King
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 28, 1988

"Heavy, real heavy—as sales undoubtedly will be too."
Begun by King while at college in 1970; serialized episodically in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, 1978-1981; printed in limited-editon hardcover, 1982: this King novelty at last achieves mass publication. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARED by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"This will be a new subject for most young readers, and it will be eye opening. (epilogue, bibliography) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When she was little, Silvia loved visiting the zoo, where "danger was safely caged," and the theater, where the misery and murder on stage disappeared when the curtain came down. Read full book review >

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THE WANIGAN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2002

"Still, readers will enjoy meeting this spirited 11-year-old, and may even be tempted to seek out Cornelia Meigs's Newbery Honor winning Swift River (1932, 1994) for a similarly rousing voyage. (author's note, illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
"I will be forced to live in low circumstances," moans bookish Annabel Lee as she and her mother prepare to follow her father and other lumberjacks down Michigan's Au Sable River aboard a "wanigan," or floating kitchen/supply raft, with a winter's crop of logs. Read full book review >

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LISTENING FOR LIONS by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Readers will cheer as the truth sets Rachel free, and as she, against all odds, becomes a doctor and returns to Africa to rebuild the hospital where her father healed patients before her. (glossary, author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Raised in British East Africa, Rachel knows well that when parents die, their young are vulnerable to attack. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Though readers must remember that this is all fiction, the result is a rich evocation of a fascinating experiment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Famous for the depiction of her family in Little Women, Louisa May Alcott had many more adventures only hinted at in her surviving childhood diaries. Read full book review >

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"That and the simple sentences in which the book is written make the book accessible to younger readers, even though it is lengthy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Historical fiction set in the early days of America. Read full book review >

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ALL MY NOBLE DREAMS AND THEN WHAT HAPPENS by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 2, 2013

"An entertaining, if fanciful look at colonial India in transition. (author's note, text of Gandhi's letter of 1920, glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In this sequel to Small Acts of Amazing Courage (2011), heroine Rosalind dances with the Prince of Wales during his 1921 visit to India and does her bit for Gandhi's independence movement. Read full book review >

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THE IMPOSSIBLE JOURNEY by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Like its predecessor, this offering takes 21st-century American readers back to a time and place largely ignored in children's literature; it is a pity that this time and place are not made more immediate and vivid. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The year is 1934, and Stalin has begun his own reign of terror, rounding up political dissidents under the slightest pretext. Read full book review >

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CHU JU’S HOUSE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Well-done and convincing. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju makes the wrenching decision to leave her peasant farm home and baby sister in post-Cultural Revolution China in order to give her parents one last chance at a pregnancy and a yearned-for son. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE TRAIN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

Reductive morality and characterizations muffle the meaningful core of this post-World War II identity crisis. Read full book review >

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SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"National Book Award winner Whelan's characters are more types than people, and there is little of the flavor of the subcontinent in this overstuffed, occasionally pleasant tale of a plucky young woman in Raj-era India. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
With her father away fighting Turks and her mother so often "under the weather," still grieving over long-dead son Edward, 15-year-old Rosalind James has grown independent visiting the bazaar with her Indian friend, Isha, and causing comment among the other British officers' wives at the club. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Tanya, 16 years old in 1991 and a principal dancer with Leningrad's Kirov Ballet, is both a witness to the events of a dramatic summer and a participant in Russia's fledgling steps toward democracy. Read full book review >