Search Results: "Neal Thompson"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2007

"Longwinded though affecting tribute to resilience and solidarity."
Even a Category 5 hurricane can't stop a revered coach and his championship high-school football team. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2004

"Just what a biography should be: sharp, evocative, and brisk."
Veteran journalist Thompson limns an authentic American life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Reverential attitude at odds with its gritty premise—but all of which NASCAR fans will lap up."
Setting his sights on the NASCAR phenomenon, Thompson (Light This Candle, 2004) focuses on the sordid origins of the sport, this country's second most popular, behind only football. Read full book review >

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Released: May 7, 2013

"A nuts-and-bolts, mostly nonextraordinary rendering of an extraordinary American life."
Biography of legendary "Believe It Or Not" cartoonist, world traveler and eccentric millionaire Robert Ripley (1890-1949). Read full book review >

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GO WILD WITH... DESIGNS by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Overall, this colorful concept connects the right dots for a toddler audience. (Board book. 1-3)"
Single-word labels highlight a creative range of designs. Read full book review >

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THE TREE by Neal Layton
by Neal Layton, illustrated by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A feather-light tribute to finding common ground—or make that common air space. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A tree in a deep rural clearing proves to be a small village in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH ACADEMY by Neal Layton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The decision by Oscar's new friend Fox to go unwashed as long as possible leads to all sorts of stinky humor that fits right in to this second-tier series opener. (Fantasy. 8-10)"
Scribbly illustrations dominating nearly every spread, Layton's latest plunks fledgling readers down amidst a student body of typical types who—atypically—happen to be mammoths, saber toothed tigers, ground sloths, cave bears and other early mammals. Read full book review >

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UNBOUND by Neal Shusterman
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A competently produced set of stories that will send fans over the moon and swiftly intrigue newcomers. (Dystopia. 12-16)"
The Unwind world is thoroughly explored in this companion piece. Read full book review >

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ANTSY DOES TIME by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Silliness balances out the maudlin, keeping Antsy's story from either bathos or antic excess. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Antsy Bonano of The Schwa Was Here (2004) continues his trend of befriending boys named after vowel sounds and diacritics, when he strikes up a strange relationship with classmate Gunnar Ümlaut. Read full book review >

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EVERWILD by Neal Shusterman
FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A fascinating read penned by an expert hand. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Everlost is where children go when they die, if they miss their chance to go into the light or are just not ready to transition into the hereafter. Read full book review >

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THE SCHWA WAS HERE by Neal Shusterman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The presence of stock characters and subplots doesn't detract from the cleverness and humor of this tall tale. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Calvin Schwa is special, see? Read full book review >