Search Results: "Nicole Helget"


BOOK REVIEW

WONDER AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Set against the growing-pains backdrop of pre-Civil War America, both reflecting and supporting Hallelujah's coming-of-age story, Helget's tale celebrates the curiosity and mystery of life. (Adventure. 8-13)"
History, science, adventure and fantasy combine in this tale that carries readers from the plains of Kansas to Antarctica. Read full book review >

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STILLWATER by Nicole Helget
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Although the dialects occasionally distract, and too many colorful characters clamor for attention, this novel effectively dramatizes the seismic sociological shifts that shaped the American Midwest."
Helget's tale of frontier life in the territory of Minnesota gives stark meaning to the term "woebegone." Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE WILD by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2017

"Middle-grade readers will find much to think about in this beautifully written story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A struggling family in rural Michigan finds that fracking for natural gas can be positive and negative. Read full book review >

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THE TURTLE CATCHER by Nicole Helget
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2009

"An energetic, oddly shaped historical, lacking polish and control."
In a dark, sometimes lurid debut, misdeeds and guilt shape the conjoined fates of two feuding families in Minnesota. Read full book review >

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HORSE CAMP by Nicole Helget
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"While Penny and Percy are easy to dislike, it's nonetheless oddly amusing to watch their evolution into more decent people, especially since readers have the fun of viewing the change from the pair's richly biased viewpoints. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Twelve-year-old twins Penny and Percy and adopted brother Pauly are spending the summer on their Uncle Stretch's farm while their parents try to straighten out their messed-up lives. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF ORDINARY WAYS by Nicole Lea Helget
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"Beautifully crafted, each chapter a balanced and snug set piece with sentences as carefully constructed as a stone wall."
Memoir of a farm childhood too often buffeted by parental rage and melancholy. Read full book review >

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A COWBOY NAMED ERNESTINE by Nicole  Rubel
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"This tale is a treat all the way around. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rubel (Wedding Bells for Rotten Ralph, 1999, etc.) takes a piece of Americana and extrapolates a spry tale of a spirited Irish lady in frontier Texas. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST FAMILY MEETS ITS MATCH by Nicole  Rubel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Good fun, and sure to appeal. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In the 1880's, an explorer sets out for Africa; he never returns, and the Ghost family (Ivy, Igor, their parents and cat) moves in. Read full book review >

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IT’S HOT AND COLD IN MIAMI by Nicole  Rubel
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2006

"Rubel's own signature quirky pen-and-ink drawings round out the Floridian and American-Jewish milieu. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Life is difficult and puzzling for Rachel, with an identical twin sister, Rebecca, who outshines her in every way. Read full book review >

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NO MORE VEGETABLES! by Nicole  Rubel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2002

"The solution could be encouraging to other Ruthies, except if they've already heard this story they'll be wise to the bribe. (Picture book. 5-8)"
"Vegetables are gross!" Read full book review >

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I DARE YOU! by Nicole Maubert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Light on the frissons and, except for the pop-up, durable enough to survive repeated darefests. (Novelty picture book. 3-5)"
A furry spider, a snake with a sticky tongue, and other tactile bugaboos are only preludes to a glimpse of…the scariest monster of all! Read full book review >