Search Results: "Nicole Tadgell"


BOOK REVIEW

FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM by Suzanne Slade
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"This biographical gem places the spotlight on a friendship far ahead of its time. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
Two important historical figures from separate worlds come together for the common purpose of freedom. Read full book review >

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LUCKY BEANS by Becky Birtha
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"Many children today can relate to the family's challenges, which makes the timing of this picture book sadly relevant. (author's note) (Picture-book. 5-12)"
History proves cyclical with this story of an African-American family living through the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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FIRST PEAS TO THE TABLE by Susan Grigsby
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"History, science and a guidance lesson all rolled into one, this could surely be the spark for many a school garden. (Picture book. 6-10)"
When Ms. Garcia's students emulate Thomas Jefferson and his "first peas to the table" contest, will it bring out the best or the worst in two friends? Read full book review >

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NO MUSH TODAY by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Overall, a delightful book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After her baby brother's arrival, young Nonie must cope with the reality that she is no longer her parents' only priority. Read full book review >

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REAL SISTERS PRETEND by Megan Dowd Lambert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2016

"Adoption is such an individual event that it is difficult for one picture book to address every situation and circumstance. This is best used as a discussion starter with adopted children and for the outsiders who don't understand that adoption creates families. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-8)"
An adoption story explores the concept of "real sisters." Read full book review >

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JOSIAS, HOLD THE BOOK by Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2006

"Despite the difficulties, Elvgren presents a positive look at a struggling part of the world. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
On his Haitian farm, young Josias struggles to develop his bean crop that doesn't seem to want to grow this year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FORGETTING by Nicole Maggi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Dark reality for sturdy readers. (Suspense. 14 & up)"
After receiving a heart transplant, 17-year-old Georgie finds that the rhythm of her heartbeat is not the only thing that is different. Read full book review >

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THE CHEROKEE INDIANS by Nicole Claro
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Chronology; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
A promising sample from ``The Junior Library of American Indians'': a brief but clear summary of the Cherokees' complex history, including fairly presented specifics on how white settlers disrupted Cherokee life, the whites' misconceptions concerning Indian traditions, and the dissensions among tribal groups—which exacerbated the unjust treaties enforced by the US. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE WOODS by Nicole Maggi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A satisfying finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This final installment of the Twin Willows Trilogy finds the battle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti at a head. Read full book review >

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EIGHTEEN ACRES by Nicole Wallace
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"No serious insight into how governing works, but an enjoyably gossipy dishing of Inside-the-Beltway residents of all persuasions."
Given Wallace's previous gigs as G.W. Bush's communications director and an advisor to the McCain-Palin ticket, it is impossible to read her first novel about the tribulations of the country's first woman president without trying to glean factual nuggets from the often-transparent fiction. Read full book review >