Search Results: "Neil Shubin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"Even readers with only a layperson's knowledge of evolution will learn marvelous things about the unity of all organisms since the beginning of life."
How human bones, organs and behavior reveal the history we share with fish, flies, worms and germs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"An intelligent, eloquent account of our relations with the inanimate universe."
In a follow-up to Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008), Shubin (Biological Sciences/Univ. of Chicago) delivers an equally engrossing history of life's connections to everything else. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF FEAR by Seymour Shubin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"One sluggish conspiracy, with the outcome predictable from the get-go."
Shubin, who's been freelancing wide-ranging articles and stories since his last novel (Voices, 1985), settles on pharmaceutical chicanery for his return to full-length fiction. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS TO RULING SCHOOL (WITHOUT EVEN TRYING) by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Max's proposed campaign and Swaab's oblique storytelling style are equally engaging, though the latter definitely tends to work better. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 10-12)"
Middle school newbies concerned about fitting in could do worse than fall for this breezy sales pitch from self-appointed "life coach" Max Corrigan. Probably. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON AND CONCORD by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1992

"Multilevel bibliography. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using color photos of modern reenactments, plus a well- organized commentary enlivened by historical detail, the author/photographer of The Battle of Gettysburg (1989) re-creates the ``shot heard `round the world'' and the rest of the Revolutionary War's opening engagement. Read full book review >

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BIG-TOP CIRCUS by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"But when Johnson does get specific, as in explaining how a young woman hangs by her hair, the information is so fresh and unusual as to make the rest of the book mundane by comparison. (Picture book/Nonfiction. 4-8)"
An exploration of one of the last of a vanishing breed of travelling entertainments—the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISED LAND by Neil Waldman
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Heavy on text and not likely to appeal to a younger crowd. (Picture book. 11+)"
Waldman (Too Young For Yiddish, p. 106, etc) begins by asking why of all the ancient cultures and religions of the Mediterranean only the Jews have survived. Read full book review >

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JACK CREEK COWBOY by Neil Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive, realistic portrayal of present practice in an occupation where, in the popular mind, the myths are still strong. (Nonfiction. 7-11)"
The author of several photo documentaries (All in a Day's Work, 1989) depicts two boys helping their ranch-hand dad herd cattle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLASS ELECTION by Neil Swaab
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Even readers with no political aspirations can pick up several useful cons. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Middle school hustler Max Corrigan ups his game to manage a hard-fought campaign for class president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DREAM OF A BEAST by Neil Jordan
Released: Feb. 28, 1989

Film-maker (Mona Lisa) and fiction-writer (Nights in Tunisia, 1980; The Past, 1980) Jordan here offers a solemn and ponderous allegory that barely disguises its simpleminded moral message—that lust turns men into beasts. Read full book review >