Search Results: "Nan Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A time-honoring narrative: Descriptive, contemplative, and a prod to get on with it ourselves."
As though she had taken a vow to awareness, Watkins, a musician and travel essayist, pays attention to the everyday elements as well as the grand themes in her globe-girdling journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANN AND NAN ARE ANAGRAMS by Mark Shulman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Although the complex form is challenging to imitate, this tale will surely spark fun wordplay; successful practitioners will fawn proudly. (Picture book. 6-10)"
It is bad enough that Robert's Mom and Dad Are Palindromes (2006), but when he learns that his sisters are anagrams, it nearly sends him over the edge. Read full book review >

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The Sacred Oath Chronicles - Book 2 by Nan Cederman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2014

"Despite a strong mythology, this sequel falters, spinning its wheels rather than advancing the plot."
A mystical tribe's search for their prophesied homeland continues in Cederman's (The Sacred Oath Chronicles, Book 1: Sway of the Moon, 2012) second novel in her New-Age fantasy series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Also real is the fact that Tammy's tenacity is never fully appreciated, even as she softens her principles and becomes slightly more understanding than seemed possible in the beginning. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the summer of 1969, when astronauts land on the moon, and Tamara Ann Simpson is not having a good time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I’LL SING YOU ONE-O by Nan Gregory
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"A unique voice, and fresh, beautifully written story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Gemma's thoughts flow with lyricism from beginning to end. Read full book review >

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SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

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GLADIATOR by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The black-and-white drawings capture the elegance of the Roman Colosseum, and the excitement of the sea battles that were held at terrific expense; the renderings of the gladiators are consistently dramatic. (map, bibliography, further reading, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The heroic and bloody story of the Roman gladiators is retold in Watkins's debut work, a comprehensive and vividly illustrated guide that will impart his obvious passion for the subject to budding historians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Sacred Oath Chronicles - Book 1 by Nan Cederman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 2013

"A solid debut set in a vivid fantasy world."
A mystical apprentice uses her magical abilities against dark forces in Cederman's debut high-fantasy novel, the first in a planned series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1997

"But most impressive is Fink's commitment to finding the true meaning of Jewish prayer and practice."
There is a saying that it's hard to be a Jew. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 16, 2002

"A fine introduction to the racetrack that's also a dazzlingly successful blind date, deeply and unexpectedly satisfying, between readers and thoroughbreds. (b&w photos throughout)"
A wonderfully expressive love story between Mooney, who writes for The Blood-Horse magazine, and that permanent adolescent of the horse world, the thoroughbred. Read full book review >