Search Results: "Penny Weber"


BOOK REVIEW

ALWAYS MOM, FOREVER DAD by Joanna Rowland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2014

"It covers the basics but far too simplistically to be as persuasive as, for instance, Claire Masurel and Kady MacDonald Denton's Two Homes (2001) or Tamara Schmitz's Standing on My Own Two Feet (2008). (Picture book. 5-9)"
Straight-up bibliotherapy delivered by a composite narrator whose parents live apart. Read full book review >

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UNPLUGGED by Laura Pedersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"A timely premise, but young readers who think that Ella's strategy will work for them are in for an unpleasant surprise. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a flavorless alternative to Matthew Cordell's Hello! Hello! (2012), young Ella concocts a scheme to wean her distracted family from their digital devices. Read full book review >

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ONE OF US by Peggy Moss
by Peggy Moss, illustrated by Penny Weber
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2010

"Made strictly for teaching, this is not a book that a child will pull off the shelf, but the story of a new student finding her place will lead to fine classroom discussions. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Roberta is new in school. Read full book review >

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WANDA'S BETTER WAY by Laura Pedersen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Bright encouragement for young scientists and makers. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child discovers that she has a special gift for spotting and solving engineering problems. Read full book review >

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DINOSAUR ROCKET! by Penny Dale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Combining the popular topics of space and dinosaurs is a surefire recipe for a storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Dale continues to put dinos in situations sure to attract preschoolers' attention. Read full book review >

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A NEW HOUSE FOR THE MORRISONS by Penny Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"With a predictable but satisfying outcome, a briskly amusing text, and sunny illustrations featuring amusingly expressive animal characters and many comical details, a promising debut. (Picture book/Easy reader. 4-8)"
Though little Albert likes their house, his parents are tired of it (``too plain''; ``too much grass to cut''), so they get realtor Mr. Sharkey to show them around—giving Carter a chance for some fanciful exaggeration of houses these alligators declare to be ``too large,'' ``too new'' (Albert writes his name on a modernistic white expanse), ``too old'' (ghosts), unfriendly, overcrowded, etc. At last they spot the perfect house (``Such a big lawn!...We could plant a nice garden'')—their old one. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 10, 2011

"This thoughtful portrayal of two complex women is further enhanced by comprehensive backmatter, making this an invaluable addition to the literature of suffrage. (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Two of the most iconic figures in women's history were linked in deep friendship as well as commitment to the most contentious causes in 19th-century America: antislavery and woman suffrage. Read full book review >

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Released: April 24, 1989

An impassioned, thorough, thoroughly predictable polemic that blasts Vatican traditionalism while saluting liberal Catholic currents in North and Latin America. Read full book review >

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THE BRUTAL TELLING by Louise Penny
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

Chief Inspector Gamache of the Canadian Sûreté is again called to restore order to the tiny Quebecois hamlet of Three Pines. Read full book review >

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MY MOTHER WAS NUTS by Penny Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Bold and irrepressibly sassy."
Actress, producer and director Marshall's frank and funny memoir about the path that led her from an ordinary childhood in New York City to Hollywood stardom. Read full book review >

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GLASS HOUSES by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A meticulously built mystery that follows a careful ascent toward a breaking point that will leave you breathless. It's Three Pines as you have never seen it before."
A dark, still figure, wearing long black robes and a hood, appears on the charming village green of Three Pines, a small Québec town; though at first it seems scary but harmless, it turns out to be something much more sinister. Read full book review >