Search Results: "Nathan Kumar Scott"


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MANGOES AND BANANAS by Nathan Kumar Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"The explanation at the back of Kalamkari (with photographs) is interesting for adults, but far too complex for the intended readers. (Picture book/folktale. 6-9)"
One of many stories about Kanchil, the mouse deer trickster figure of Indonesian folklore. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT RACE by Nathan Kumar Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"This unusual multicultural pairing packs a powerful punch.(Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In Indonesian and Malaysian folklore, Kanchil the mouse deer (an animal about the same size as a rabbit) is a trickster character who usually outwits his fellow animals. Here he stars in a tale similar to Aesop's "The Tortoise and the Hare." Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2008

"The analysis holds gems for trivia buffs, but little for those seeking a coherent sociopolitical theory."
This academic text is strong on historical context but weak on analysis. Read full book review >

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The Lemon Spell by Sachin Kumar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2015

"A tale of love and loss with ample atmosphere but underdeveloped characters."
After a tragedy rips her family apart, a woman seeks closure in a witch-filled village in this short novel. Read full book review >

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PATH WITHOUT DESTINATION by Satish Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Yet this concrete attention to minutiae also prevents the memoir from becoming mired in the many abstract ideals Kumar embraces, and grounds it in refreshing reality."
Tales from a rich, cross-cultural life by a renowned Indian peace activist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 2010

"Expertly delineates complex scientific issues in nontechnical language, using telling detail to weave together personal, political and scientific elements."
A staggering account of the scientific revolution that still challenges our notions of reality. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2011

"This fun book uses elements of humorous novels and cartoons to emphasize core elementary standards in a way that will likely appeal to both teachers and students."
The latest in Sathy's (Attack of the Chicken Nugget Man: A California CST Adventure, 2009, etc.) series of test prep titles disguises educational tips in a funny middle-grade reader. Read full book review >

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LUNCH WITH A BIGOT by Amitava Kumar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"An exuberantly inquisitive collection of essays."
Kumar (English/Vassar Coll.; A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, 2014, etc.) reflects on an eclectic array of personal, professional, and political topics.Read full book review >

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ROBINSON CRUSOE by Dan Johnson
adapted by Dan Johnson, illustrated by Naresh Kumar
Released: July 6, 2010

"Passable for young readers fond of action-packed video games but unlikely to inspire interest in the original. (Graphic classic. 10 & up)"
Johnson and Kumar revisit Daniel Defoe's classic castaway tale for the PlayStation generation, creating a survival story told through fast-paced action sequences that barely scratches the surface of the original. Read full book review >