Search Results: "Pat Sherman"


BOOK REVIEW

BEN AND THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION by Pat Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Nevertheless, a solid Black History choice for younger students. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Benjamin Holmes was a young slave in Charleston just before the Civil War who, with some help from his father and a great deal of drive, teaches himself to read. Read full book review >

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THE SUN’S DAUGHTER by Pat Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2005

"While adding to the canon of Iroquois lore is to be commended, this reads as if the specifics of northeastern flora and fauna are simply grafted on to a universal tale. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
This original story by the first time author is a pourqoui tale of the seasons, similar to the familiar Greek legend of Persephone. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC MIRROR OF THE MERMAID QUEEN by Delia Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Still, the imaginative rendering of a familiar city populated by fictional characters and magical beings may be enough to entice readers to overlook the inside jokes and broad characterizations. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sequel to Changeling (2006), the plot of this overlong fantasy is simple: A young human girl who has been raised by a magic white rat and a Pooka must find and return a magical talisman in order to save her Central Park home from danger. Read full book review >

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THE FREEDOM MAZE by Delia Sherman
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Multilayered, compassionate and thought-provoking, a timely read on the sesquicentennial of America's Civil War. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
It's 1960, but on the decayed Fairchild sugar plantation in rural Louisiana, vestiges of a grimmer past remain—the old cottage, overgrown garden maze, relations between white and black races. Read full book review >

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WINDLEAF by Josepha Sherman
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"If plot elements and language are a little old- fashioned and familiar, honor and romance are served, and the reader is—at least temporarily—diverted. (Fiction. 12+)"
A tale of love between mortal and fairy (actually, half- fairy); of a fierce and fickle fairy father; and of the trials and tribulations set before the mortal ere he's granted the hand of his fair lady. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"The casual distaste that many of the British display for the Jews (and, to a lesser extent, the Arabs) will discomfit many, but this is a readable version of the battle for Israeli independence from a perspective that will be unfamiliar to most Americans."
Sherman (Island Refuge: Britain and Refugees from the Third Reich, not reviewed) is uniquely positioned to write on the British experience of Palestine: Born in Jerusalem under the mandate, he is a lawyer and historian. Read full book review >

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RESERVATION BLUES by Sherman Alexie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Blues as biting, sharp and timeless as any by Robert Johnson or Bessie Smith. (First printing of 40,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
With the same brilliant mix of dark humor, sorrow, and cultural awareness that distinguished The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993), Alexie's first novel tells the bittersweet story of an all-Indian blues and rock-and-roll band. Read full book review >

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Girlhood in America by Suzanne Sherman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"A useful sourcebook and an entertaining read."
This nonfiction collection offers more than 50 entertaining, informative memoir pieces about American girlhood from 1910 to 2010. Read full book review >

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RACHEL THE CLEVER by Josepha Sherman
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 15, 1993

"B&w illustrations not seen. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
A disappointing entry from a publisher that's been making a name for itself with folklore collections. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

A vivid memoir of the 1991 Gulf War, of an air attack squadron called Ironclaw, and of the high-pressure life aboard the US carrier Midway. Read full book review >

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MOTHER MARY by Myra Sherman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"Sherman's insider knowledge illuminates this compassionate character study."
In her debut novel, social worker Sherman (Jailed, 2011) paints a vivid portrait of an older homeless woman in custody on a psychiatric ward. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Valuable warnings for women and a passionate, well-based explanation of one particular medical viewpoint."
A strongly worded alert to the environmental causes of breast cancer, and an equally strong call for political and personal action. Read full book review >