Search Results: "Peter Johnson"


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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF BENNY ALVAREZ by Peter Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"This friendship story will appeal to word nerds and those that tolerate them, and it may even produce some tears under cover of humor. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Benny navigates the treacherous waters of seventh grade with wit and sarcasm. Read full book review >

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OUT OF EDEN by Peter Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A compelling portrayal of inevitable, realistic violence and evil personified. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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A family vacation goes asunder amid notes of Deliverance, religious delusions and frighteningly plausible violence. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"In the end, Houdini realizes that writing has changed him and altered his perspective on people and life. Readers will feel the same way. And just try to get kids not to make their own lists or attempt their own novels. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A middle-schooler writes a kids' novel; an author writes an engaging, amiable read—and, presto, a tale about a boy nicknamed Houdini turns out magical. Read full book review >

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WHAT HAPPENED by Peter Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"Perhaps this cautionary tale of male youth might find an audience among disaffected suburban teenagers; but readers should be prepared to hang on to the narrative as it slides between flashback and narrative just as the narrator hangs on for the ride of his life from the back seat. (Fiction. YA)"
This slim work, authored by an award-winning poet, is well written and even compelling at times, though nothing really happens and characters change minimally. Read full book review >

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LOSERVILLE by Peter Johnson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"An interesting enough premise, but overall oddly constructed with little new to offer. (Fiction. YA)"
Lucas and his crew—eccentric Nate, hotheaded Derek and twins Phoebe and Coco—are typical teenagers, engaging in low-grade mischief and experimenting with drugs and rebellion. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A reckoning not without interest, then, but one that celebrates and commemorates without illuminating its subject. (Twenty-four pages of illustrations—not seen.)"
In The Rockefeller Century (1988), Harr and Johnson paid lengthy if uncritical tribute to the philanthropies of three successive John D. Rockefellers. Read full book review >

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Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE ROLLING STORE by Angela Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1997

"He closes the circle of the story so seamlessly that the illustrations in the first and last pages of the book clearly echo past and present. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Johnson (The Aunt in Our House, 1996, etc.) has an unnamed African-American girl recall her grandfather's words about the ``rolling store'' (an itinerant peddler's truck) that periodically visited a country crossroads when her grandfather was young. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >

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FOUR LEGS BAD, TWO LEGS GOOD! by D.B. Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 10, 2007

"Slightly cubist, cartoon-like illustrations in mixed media capture the lighthearted politics of this comic animal farm. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A clever duck teaches a lazy, autocratic pig a memorable lesson in barnyard egalitarianism. Read full book review >