Search Results: "Norma Sommerdorf"


BOOK REVIEW

RED RIVER GIRL by Norma Sommerdorf
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"However, this story of the Métis, persons of mixed French and Indian heritage, will appeal to those who enjoy historical coming-of-age tales. (foreword, acknowledgments, afterword, glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Josette Dupre, daughter of a French voyageur and an Ojibwe woman, has a dream of some day going to school in Montreal for a higher education, but when her mother dies and her father takes a job on a buffalo hunt, she knows that dream may escape her. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE AVENGER by Norma Howe
Released: April 1, 1999

"It's unabashed, cockle-warming wish fulfillment in a novel that has priceless moments and is the perfect respite from all the bleak YA fiction out there. (Fiction. 13-15)"
In a funny, warmly romantic tale from Howe (Shoot for the Moon, 1992, etc.) an impulsive decision leads an average teenager into fulfilling his desire to be "Secret champion of the underdog, modest seeker of truth, fearless innovator of the unknown." Read full book review >

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BLUE AVENGER CRACKS THE CODE by Norma Howe
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Stay tuned. (author's notes) (Fiction. 12+)"
There's a lot of stuff going on in this sequel to The Adventures of Blue Avenger (1999). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOOT FOR THE MOON by Norma Howe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"Some themes here are similar to those in Howe's The Game of Life (1989); this will also have popular appeal, but it's less skillfully written. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Gina Gari has a strong and loving relationship with her grandfather, who has paid attention to her while everyone else in her family seems indifferent—most especially, she's shared his love of yo-yos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Still, it's a spirited story, and readers will look forward to the likely sequels. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
Noah Sark is on assignment, for Heaven's sake! Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers will be well-helped by having read the first two books; and though younger teens will enjoy them, high-schoolers will better appreciate Blue's brainy adventures. (Fiction. 13+)"
Moral dilemma, media frenzy, and money money money figure in this complicated, funny, and completely satisfying episode of Blue Avenger. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Bibliography; photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An author of over 60 YA novels brings fine narrative skill to a sympathetic portrait of one of her greatest predecessors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN EYE FOR DARK PLACES by Norma Marder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 1993

"Painfully overextended and sketchy at times, but, still, an imaginative first effort from a distinctive voice that deserves to be heard again."
A fantastic reality beyond the bleak one offered a lonely woman—at the end of her tether in a fragmented future England- -serves as the wellspring of hope in this ambitious, original debut from Illinois-based Marder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INSTEAD by Norma Shainin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"A moving novel of family, history and dreams deferred that captures the joys and pains of both sisterhood and romantic love."
A deftly conjured historical novel dealing with the darker side of love and familial legacy. Read full book review >