Search Results: "Pat Schmatz"


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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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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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MY AUNT CAME BACK by Pat Cummings
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The aunt wears wild and exotic clothing throughout, and sports wonderfully decorated and adorned braids, but what emerges is her independence and sense of adventure, which she succinctly and affectionately passes on to her niece in very few pages. (Board book. 1-3)"
An unusual board book—and entry in the Harper Growing Tree series—that stars an irresistible aunt and a galloping text. Read full book review >

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THERE’S ONLY ONE OF ME! by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"But readers familiar with Hutchins's other classic works will delight in her exploration of the various familial roles and may want to work out their own. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Celebrating all the roles that she has within her own family, one birthday girl explores her sometimes complex relationships with each of its members. Read full book review >

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ANGEL BABY by Pat Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2000

"Older siblings will really appreciate this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cummings (My Aunt Came Back, 1998, etc.) provides another glimpse of real life in this exuberant family story. Read full book review >

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TIDY TITCH by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"Spare, deftly tuned dialogue and the colorful illustrations quietly amplify the humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Remarkably, Titch's room (Titch, 1971)is immaculate, while those of his older sibs are in such disarray that Mother orders a cleanup. ``I'll help,'' offers Titch, who then obliging takes on all Mary's and Peter's outgrown, broken, and otherwise discarded belongings; the predictable result makes a deliciously funny last page. Read full book review >

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PETEY MORONI'S CAMP RUNAMOK DIARY by Pat Cummings
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

"Good summer fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The title sets the tone for this lighthearted look at a bunch of normally ebullient kids outwitted by a crafty raccoon who snitches most of the snacks they've brought to camp, despite their increasingly ingenious hiding places. Read full book review >

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SILLY BILLY! by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Crisp, comfortably repetitive dialogue and Hutchins's clean, colorful illustrations of this comically familiar scenario add up to a sure bet for beginning readers or the picture book hour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A third appearance for the appealing monster family last seen in Where's the Baby? (1988): Poor Hazel! Read full book review >

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PIE FOR CHUCK by Pat Schories
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Fine for a read-alone but like dynamite for a read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
A pie cooling on a windowsill and passing miscreants of all stripes make for an inexorable combustion. Read full book review >

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TEN RED APPLES by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2000

"A welcome addition to the counting-book genre, Hutchins's playful tale is an edifying and energetic romp. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A farmer's bountiful apple tree is besieged by his hungry livestock in this lively countdown from the author of countless clever concept books. Read full book review >