Search Results: "Michele Torrey"


BOOK REVIEW

TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Michele Torrey
FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"This deserves to be in the hands of every reader who loves history and adventure. (map, glossary, afterword, bibliography, bibliography for young readers) (Historical fiction. 12+)"
It's 1519 and the plague has struck Spain. Read full book review >

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VOYAGE OF MIDNIGHT by Michele Torrey
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Though this has some parallels with Paula Fox's Slave Dancer (1973), it's definitely for audiences with stronger stomachs. (author's note, glossary) (Fiction. 12-15)"
The most intense and harrowing of Torrey's nautical Chronicles of Courage takes a young British orphan from the workhouse to New Orleans, and then to Africa as Surgeon's Mate aboard his uncle's slave ship. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: July 12, 2005

Tucking in a very long subtitle and unobtrusive dashes of moralism for period flavor, Torrey sends a sullen 17th-century lad through an often-brutal coming-of-age adventure aboard a pirate ship. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE GRAVEYARD GHOST by Michele Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Accessible, understandable, and hilarious science for the youngest problem solvers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
With a tone that falls somewhere between Lemony Snicket and the dialogue from Dragnet, Torrey's (The Case of the Mossy Lake Monster, 2002, etc.) third addition to her science series for young readers is sure to please. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE MOSSY LAKE MONSTER by Michele Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In fact, teachers will be among the first fans of this series, as the cases would make great read-alouds in elementary classrooms, with built-in science experiments as follow-up activities. (Fiction. 8-11)"
There's always room for another detective team on the junior fiction shelves, and the dynamic duo of fifth graders, Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, have the added appeal of being amateur scientists as well as amateur sleuths. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Those new to this appealing series, which began with The Case of the Grasping Garbage (2000), will want to seek out the four earlier titles. (Mystery. 8-11)"
Drake Doyle and Nell Fossey, fifth-grade science detectives, solve a series of mysteries, uncovering the ghost in the Glum mansion, repelling an alien invasion, foiling a fixed carnival contest and avoiding a bridge disaster. Read full book review >

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MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >

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THE ALMOST TERRIBLE PLAYDATE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A mostly delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A boy and a girl with different ideas of imaginative play find middle ground. Read full book review >

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ALLY-SAURUS & THE VERY BOSSY MONSTER by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 8, 5017

"A message for the bossiest of friends but also a quiet lesson in valuing differences. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The tiny tot-turned-dinosaur (in her imagination) is back, this time facing a new challenge: a domineering friend. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"But still, because or no because, it's a pleasure to see Jack learning to negotiate his way through the world, from longing questions to innocent answers that reveal far too much plain honesty. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since Torrey's wobbly, irresistible artwork tells the whole story, there is no reason to ask any explicit questions—such as, "Why is half the cake eaten?" or, "Why are you covered in Band-Aids?"—but young Jack always has the answer. Read full book review >

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ALLY-SAURUS & THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Read full book review >

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MOE IS BEST by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"This lighthearted take on youthful determination and the value of continued effort successfully avoids undue complexity, allowing both message and story to reach their emergent-reader audience. (Early reader. 4-6)"
Veteran Torrey joins the stable of author-illustrators contributing to the I Like to Read picture-book series, crafting a family tale of persistence and confidence that serves as a timely lesson in a text explicitly aimed at the youngest budding readers. Read full book review >