Search Results: "Pam Smallcomb"


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I'M NOT. by Pam Smallcomb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

A timid, brown gator wearing a pink bow recounts all the things that her friend Evelyn, a bouncy, green gator, is where she is not: decorator, circus performer, explorer and snappy dresser (Evelyn wears Band-Aids with pearls!). Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A wild adventure, with many quirky characters, this series is living up to its expectations. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In a second adventure after The Trimoni Twins and the Changing Coin (2004), Beezel and Mimi, identical and magical twins, travel with their tutor to Amsterdam to investigate strange messages from their Uncle Hoogaboom. Read full book review >

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CAMP BUCCANEER by Pam Smallcomb
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Readers who are making the transition to chapter books and who like funny stories might find the work of Pinkwater, Pilkey, and Scieszka more captivating. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Just because new readers will read just about anything they can decode, doesn't mean they should have to. Read full book review >

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EARTH TO CLUNK by Pam Smallcomb
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Rarely have school letter-writing exercises been so much fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The boy in Smallcomb's story starts as a put-upon grouchypants but slowly turns over the course of a pen-pal correspondence. Read full book review >

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ANDREO'S RACE by Pam Withers
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"The issues-driven plotline is superimposed rather forcibly on the athletic one—but both feature suspenseful, character-changing incidents. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A challenging endurance event provides an adopted teen with the perfect opportunity to track down his birth mother. Read full book review >

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DON’T BUG ME! by Pam Zollman
ANIMALS
Released: June 15, 2001

"Zollman has a tendency to spell out lessons and characters' feelings rather than let readers pick them up from context, but Megan, despite her temper, is more of a peacemaker than a soldier in the gender wars, and bugs are always a surefire grossout motif in preteen fiction. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Bugs and boys sound twin themes in this unvarnished debut. Read full book review >

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TRACKER'S CANYON by Pam Withers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Casting a mentally ill character as the villain sounds an unsatisfactory note in an otherwise easy, fast-paced adventure/mystery. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Tristan enters British Columbia's Swallow Canyon on an expedition feeling a mix of trepidation and excitement. Read full book review >

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It's NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres
Released: April 24, 2014

"While some scenes will be tear-jerkers for sure, Madison's (and Torres') compassion for voiceless dogs may inspire action in her animal-loving readers."
In Torres' second entry in her middle-grade Project Madison series (Madison Morgan: When Dogs Blog, 2012), middle schooler Madison uncovers a dogfighting ring in her neighborhood—and learns more about her special empathic gift. Read full book review >

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THE LAUGHING PLACE by Pam Durban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1993

"Not a tale of innocence betrayed, then, but of arrogance revealed."
This first novel by Durban (All Set About with Fever Trees, 1985) adds little to the ever-expanding literature of family dysfunction: it's really one long-winded southern whine about ``a make-believe world of appearances, a world of graciousness and beauty and truth.'' No Quentin Compson, Annie Vess simply hates the South. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER GUEST by Pam Jenoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Romance and melodrama mix uneasily with mass murder."
An 18-year-old Polish girl falls in love, swoons over a first kiss, dreams of marriage—and, oh yes, we are in the middle of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

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THE THINGS WE CHERISHED by Pam Jenoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2011

"It would help if the men were more appealing. Still, a skillfully rendered tale of undying love, unthinkable loss and the relentless grip of the past on the present."
Charlotte Gold, a Philadelphia attorney with an expertise in war crimes who escaped the big bad world of legal firms to work as a public defender, is talked into helping defend aged financier Roger Dykmans, who is being held in Germany as a Nazi collaborator. As she unravels mysteries from the past, she discovers important truths about herself. Read full book review >