Search Results: "Pamela Zagarenski"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WHISPER by Pamela Zagarenski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Surreal, staggering mixed-media paintings make traveling across such beautifully varied and bizarre storyscapes exhilarating. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A "magical book" on loan from her teacher loses its words on the trip home, so a little girl spins her own stories for each enchanting picture. Read full book review >

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HENRY & LEO by Pamela Zagarenski
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Invite young readers to talk about this visual feast for the imagination, and something magical may happen. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The bond between a child and a beloved stuffed lion is put to the test. Read full book review >

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SLEEP LIKE A TIGER by Mary Logue
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"This deeply satisfying story offers what all children crave when letting go—security and a trusted companion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The stages and script preceding this child's passage into dreamland are so appealing they will surely inspire imitation. Read full book review >

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MITES TO MASTODONS by Maxine Kumin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

Kumin, a distinguished poet and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, offers 19 rhyming poems that each focus on one specific creature in this somewhat uneven but beautifully illustrated collection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2007

"Packed with the intensity of everyday pain and sorrow, kids and adults exchange the words that convey grief, delight, love and acceptance of themselves and others. (Poetry. 8-12)"
Providing a surprisingly effective story arc, this series of poems was inspired by William Carlos Williams's famous poem of the same title regarding a theft of plums. Read full book review >

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RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS by Joyce Sidman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2009

"Details in the artwork will invite repeated readings and challenge kids to muse about other color icons. (Picture book/poetry. 5-8)"
Describing seasons by colors is not an original concept, but this whimsical color calendar sparkles with creativity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FARSEED by Pamela Sargent
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"It most clearly resembles life itself: a murky, unresolved struggle for survival. (Science fiction. YA)"
In Earthseed (1983), Sargent told the story of Ship, sent into space with a mission to find new worlds for humanity to populate and regenerate in lieu of extinction on a dying planet. Read full book review >

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I'LL BE WATCHING by Pamela Porter
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Strongly felt, if overstuffed, family drama. (Historical fiction/verse. 12-16)"
Kindness ultimately prevails, but not before hard times and ugly parochialism have their ways with several small-town residents, particularly three orphaned and then abandoned children. Read full book review >

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THE HEARTBREAKERS by Pamela Wells
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Chick-lit readers will be drawn to the premise and the pink on the cover, but they may find the descriptions clunky, the characters indistinguishable from one another, and the writing not as lighthearted or breezy as the flap copy promises. (Fiction. YA)"
Best friends Raven, Sydney, Kelly and Alexia are close, but nothing brings a friendship closer than commiserating over a breakup. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SILVER MOON by Pamela Dalton
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Effectively soporific, though less broadly diverse in culture than casting. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)"
Intricate cut-paper borders and figures accompany a set of sleepy-time lyrics and traditional rhymes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1998

"Best regarded as a single prolonged, darkish metaphor, despite the YA appeal of the backdrop, impossibly mature characters, and oh-so-stealthy plot."
Fantasy based on a traditional ballad, from the author of The Dubious Hills (1994), etc. The Meriweather sisters—Juniper, 16, Gentian, 14, and Rosemary, 11—live in a large Victorian house and attend an open school. Read full book review >