Search Results: "Patricia Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF NEEDY GIRLS by Patricia Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bites off more than it can possibly chew, then—poof—makes it all go away in the last 20 pages."
When a 10-year-old boy is murdered and a high school teacher is accused of molesting a student, a small Massachusetts town is rocked to its ignorant core. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Despite many fine parts, this is ultimately more a cheerleading revisionist textbook than a rigorous scholarly history. (60 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The companion to a forthcoming PBS series (to air in October) exploring how slavery shaped America combines revisionist history and historical fiction with mixed results. Read full book review >

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JANNA AND THE KINGS by Patricia Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Despite the story's sweetness, it's not special enough to be an essential purchase. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Janna's favorite day is Saturday when her grandfather picks her up and takes her for a walk down Madison Street. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA BOSWORTH
by Gerald Bartell

In a series of successful biographies, Patricia Bosworth trained the spotlight on four major American artists: Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, Diane Arbus, and Jane Fonda. Now, in The Men in My Life: A Memoir of Love and Art in 1950s Manhattan, Bosworth takes center stage.

The memoir follows her life and career from the 50s through the early 60s as ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

FIONA'S LACE by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"Polacco's large and multiethnic family yields up another fine story, this one in greens and grays, lace and fire. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When the textile mill in Glen Kerry, Ireland, is closed, Fiona's family accepts passage to Chicago to work as servants for the family who paid their fares. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOT by Patricia Intriago
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Verse wonkiness leaves an opening for youngsters to 'read' to their adults by simply naming dots—no harm there. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Unexpected bright spots and laughs roll right over the uneven text in this concept piece. Read full book review >

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THE GRAVES FAMILY GOES CAMPING by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Delightfully gross and utterly unserious. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Polacco again exercises the surprising streak of goofiness revealed in The Graves Family (2003). Read full book review >

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JOHN PHILIP DUCK by Patricia Polacco
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"An excellent read aloud for older crowds, but the ever-so-slightly anthropomorphic ducks will come across best shared one-on-one. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Edward and his father work for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis since the Depression has brought hard times for so many. Read full book review >

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BETTY DOLL by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"It is a beautiful, loving treatment of one woman's life, but in the end likely to resonate more with adults than children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
A doll becomes the vehicle for Polacco's (The Butterfly, 2000, etc.) deeply felt remembrance of her mother, Mary Ellen. Read full book review >

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MY ROTTEN REDHEADED OLDER BROTHER by Patricia Polacco
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Polacco has proved time and again that she is masterful both as illustrator and storyteller, and this book is no exception. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Patricia has an older brother who looks "like a weasel with glasses," but that's just for starters. Read full book review >