Search Results: "Pat Schmatz"


BOOK REVIEW

BLUEFISH by Pat Schmatz
FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"A story rife with unusual honesty and hope. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A young teen loner gradually learns to accept the friendship of an outspoken girl in this problem novel filled with likable, idiosyncratic characters. Read full book review >

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CIRCLE THE TRUTH by Pat Schmatz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"This rhapsody on faith, acceptance, patience and the relationship between 'truth' and 'reality' is an unusual and valuable addition to the pantheon of literature for youth, particularly since faith is so seldom addressed with such neutrality in books for younger readers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Eighth-grader Orithian Haley, nicknamed "Rith," is an extremely sullen and resentful member of a blended family. Read full book review >

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LIZARD RADIO by Pat Schmatz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Sophisticated, character-driven science fiction, as notable for its genderqueer protagonist as for its intricate, suspenseful plot. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
In a dystopian future, Kivali Kerwin, nicknamed Lizard, is sent to prepare for adulthood at a government-run CropCamp. Read full book review >

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MOUSETRAPS by Pat Schmatz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Both chilling and sweet. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Adorable cartoons of mice getting caught in Rube Goldberg-esque mousetraps add a deceptively lighthearted note to Maxie's high-school tale. Read full book review >

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PAT THE CAT by Jacqui Hawkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2011

"This irresistible app gets everything right, proving that simplicity is sometimes best. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
Based on the picture book of the same name, this charming app is a flawless combination of music, sound effects, narration and interactive elements. Read full book review >

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PAT-A-CAKE by Mary Brigid Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"With its companion title, a playful romp in a please-touch-and-explore world. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
Moving on from baked goods, a diverse group of toddlers pat everything from an acorn to a puddle. Read full book review >

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PAT AND DICK by Will Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A model of well-documented revisionist history."
The marriage of Richard and Pat Nixon undergoes sharp analysis by Swift, a formally trained psychologist and first-family historian (The Kennedys Amidst the Gathering Storm: A Thousand Days in London, 1938-1940, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

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PAT THE BUNNY by Dorothy Kunhardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2011

"While adults who grew up with this book might be disappointed by the app's textural limitations, children will enjoy interacting with the familiar characters. (iPad storybook app. 2-4)"
Pat the bunny these days and he feels just as soft as ... an iPad? Read full book review >

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PAT-A-CAKE by R. A. Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Motions, a rhyme, a story and attention from a loved-one—what could be a better combination? (Board book. 1-3)"
The classic nursery rhyme comes to life in this board-book version. Read full book review >

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DON’T PAT THE WOMBAT! by Elizabeth Honey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Challenging and often very funny, this gives new meaning the term 'camp book.' (Fiction. 9-12)"
This journal, which chronicles a sixth-grade class trip to Cumbinya Pioneer Camp, is written through the eyes of Mike Ryder, a member of a crazy group called the Coconuts. Read full book review >

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PAT-A-CAKE BABY by Joyce Dunbar
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"A sweet confection through and through, from the glitter on the cover to the nonpareils on the endpapers. (Picture book. 4-7)"

BOOK REVIEW

PAT-A-CAKE by Joanna Cole
FRIENDS AND SCHOOL
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Also in paperback. (Folklore. All ages)"
Thirty loving pastimes for baby and adult: rhymes to chant while dancing (``Ring Around the Rosie''), bouncing (``Trot Along to Boston''), tickling, toe-counting, face-touching, etc., each fully detailed in Tiegreen's clear cartoon-style illustrations, which are full of affection and good cheer. Read full book review >