Search Results: "Nikki Loftin"


BOOK REVIEW

WISH GIRL by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A moving, mesmerizing story of wishing, listening and hope for discerning readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A sensitive boy with a troubled past and an artistic girl whose cache of wishes has almost expired find solace and friendship in a magical valley. Read full book review >

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NIGHTINGALE'S NEST by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Unusual, finely crafted story of loss, betrayal and healing. (Magical realism. 8-12)"
A kindhearted Texas boy finds his life transformed by an enigmatic girl whose singing has the power to heal in this novel-length spin on Andersen's "The Nightingale." Read full book review >

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THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY by Nikki  Loftin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Deliciously scary and satisfying. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A pinch of Grimm, a dash of Greek mythology and a heaping helping of fresh chills make for an irresistible contemporary fairy tale centering around a food enchantment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

APPLE by Nikki McClure
Kirkus Star
by Nikki McClure, illustrated by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"This deconstructed lesson in plant regeneration, composting and life cycles will reach apple-eating readers of many ages. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Primitive-looking cut-paper illustrations depict an apple's travels from tree to kitchen to backpack to picnic and eventually into soil, where it takes root as a new seedling. Read full book review >

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MAMA, IS IT SUMMER YET? by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"When summer finally explodes, bringing juicy berries and abundant sunshine, mother and boy luxuriate in a baby pool, glad to have made the journey together. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A boy asks again and again, "Is it summer yet?" Read full book review >

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TO MARKET, TO MARKET by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"These soulful images never feel static—an amazing feat for such a deliberate, painstaking medium. (Picture book. 2-8)"
Readers join a mother and child on their trip to the farmers market, meeting vendors and learning how they prepare their goods for sale. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR HIGH TIDE by Nikki McClure
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2016

"The tide has brought an extraordinary book to our shores. (Picture book. 4-10)"
A child waits for the tide to rise, working alongside Mama and Papa to construct a log raft and observing coastal creatures the whole long, hot while. Read full book review >

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BRONX MASQUERADE by Nikki Grimes
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"At the end of the term, a new student who is black and Vietnamese finds a morsel of hope that she too will find a place in the poetry. (Fiction. 12-15)"
This is almost like a play for 18 voices, as Grimes (Stepping Out with Grandma Mac, not reviewed, etc.) moves her narration among a group of high school students in the Bronx. Read full book review >

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IT’S ALL GOOD by Nikki Carter
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Carter portrays a rounded picture of African-American teen life anchored by school, church and family. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Gia and her girls from the Hi-Steppers dance squad are back, and junior year of high school holds such promise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAZMIN'S NOTEBOOK by Nikki Grimes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Especially effective are Jazmin's witty descriptions of neighbors and local characters; just as compelling is Jazmin's interior landscape, in which a wiser, more reflective voice hints at the young woman—and writer—she'll become. (Fiction. 10-12)"
There's a poetic soul taking notes up on Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, and her name is Jazmin Shelby, the star witness to the hard lives and high hopes in a novel from Grimes (Come Sunday, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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AT BREAK OF DAY by Nikki Grimes
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Other contemporary creation stories, such as Julius Lester's What a Truly Cool World and Caitl°n Matthews's The Blessing Seed (both, 1998) could be used with this one for a tender trilogy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A lovely and poetic recasting of the Biblical creation story in a modern spirit, from the versatile Grimes (My Man Blue, p. 721, etc.). Read full book review >