Search Results: "Monica Hughes"


BOOK REVIEW

INVITATION TO THE GAME by Monica Hughes
FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 1991

"A mixed effort, but entertaining. (Fiction. 12+)"
The choice for high-school graduates in 2154: to live on the dole or become colonists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PROMISE by Monica Hughes
FANTASY
Released: June 30, 1992

"There may even be a subtext about the harsh price society exacts from women who choose wider responsibilities than love and family. (Fiction. 10+)"
Honoring her parents' promise, ten-year-old Princess Rania is taken from her lush palace and thrust into the arid desert home of Sandwriter, the powerful shaman whose magic is essential to survival in their world. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN AQUARIANS by Monica Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1995

"Walt's forgiveness as genuine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The spiritual metamorphosis of a boy into a man is juxtaposed with the transformation of a pacific planet in this intergalactic thriller. Read full book review >

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THE CRYSTAL DROP by Monica Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 28, 1993

"Megan and Ian are strong, believable characters who come through many dangers and reach a haven at the end, but the author's bleak vision of the near future is more vivid than their adventures. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When their mother dies in childbirth, teenaged Megan and her younger brother Ian flee their arid farm—ecological catastrophe has made Canada's Alberta a desert—and, lured by the promise of abundant water, head for the Rockies, braving an array of natural hazards and encountering only a few people (some kind, some not). Read full book review >

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GABBY AND GRANDMA GO GREEN by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The book will conclude with instructions for sewing a cloth bag, green activities and a list of green websites, none seen by reviewer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When Gabby comes to visit her grandmother, they give their day a green focus, reusing, returning, refilling and recycling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUCK DRIVER TOM by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Simple but spot-on in its appeal for its target audience. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Trucker Tom's delivery route is an adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG FEARS by Monica Arnaldo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Other than the opportunity to commiserate with the children in these pages (while, one hopes, not picking up any new fears along the way), there is little for kids to take away from this. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Arnaldo explores some of the fears young children experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLORS FOR ZENA by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2013

"Chipper and cartoony, but not fertile enough to tempt children to actually try mixing colors themselves. (color definitions, recommended activities) (Picture book. 2-5)"
This introduction to colors and color mixing is cheerful but antiseptic. Read full book review >

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PIZZA AT SALLY’S by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good pizza is tailor made to bring out a smile, and Wellington gets that zestful pleasure just right. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wellington likes to write and draw people at work: bakers, firefighters, farmers. Read full book review >

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NIGHT HOUSE, BRIGHT HOUSE by Monica Wellington
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"To rave about typefaces and graphically tidy borders would detract from the original and compelling content. (Picture book. 2-5)"
In a cavalcade of interior scenes and columns of precise rhymes, Wellington (Night Rabbits, 1995, etc.) once again finds that the wee hours are not so quiet for scampering nocturnal animals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRÊPES BY SUZETTE by Monica Wellington
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"C'est bon for classroom use; comme ci, comme ca for art appreciation. (notes on the scenes and referenced paintings) (Picture book. 4-7)"
The title and cover set the stage, mood, and ambiance in this tour and homage to Paris, crêpes, and paintings. Read full book review >