Search Results: "Priscilla Cummings"


BOOK REVIEW

CHEATING FOR THE CHICKEN MAN by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2015

"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kate Tyler compromises her own values to protect her brother from bullying in this follow-up to Cummings' The Red Kayak (2004).Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY BACK by Priscilla Cummings
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"It's a satisfying one, though, and it rises above the genre via gritty language and secondary characters with lives of their own. (map) (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sentenced to a juvenile detention camp and eager to escape, Digger has a plan that sends him on a journey that is both a survival story and a lesson in trust. Read full book review >

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SAVING GRACE by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The vivid rendition of the Depression era makes this a valuable addition to the genre. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Great Depression destroys Grace McFarland's family. Read full book review >

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WHAT MR. MATTERO DID by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Too much content, not enough style. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dual narrators relate the story of a middle-school music teacher accused of improperly touching three of his students. Read full book review >

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A FACE FIRST by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The burn unit procedures carry a fascination of their own and will appeal to those readers who love weepy medical dramas, but Kelley's ordinariness ultimately keeps her story ordinary, too. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Kelley is terribly burned in an automobile accident, she must heal not only physically, but psychologically as well. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN JOURNEY by Priscilla Cummings
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The prose shows the ease and confidence of an old pro, and gives off the power of someone who understands well the human heart. (Fiction. 10+)"
A lyrical tale of a family pushed to the edge: In separate stories that eventually converge, a young Canada goose is wounded by a young boy, Will, who is trying to cope with the disintegration of his family. Read full book review >

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BLINDSIDED by Priscilla Cummings
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2010

"A final short section on Braille offers a basic view of the alphabet's structure. (Fiction. YA)"
Born without an iris, a condition known as sporadic aniridia, 14-year-old Natalie faces the harsh reality that she will become blind. Read full book review >

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RED KAYAK by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Too bad: it deserves an audience. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A courageous teen's moral dilemma—and how he comes to terms with it—underscores this well-written, sometimes gripping story. Read full book review >

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GIDDY-UP, DADDY! by Troy Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"For an unabashedly unsentimental laugh-out-loud tale that celebrates fathers' loving, playful side—as well as their stamina—look no further. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this hilarious romp, a daddy must call upon his stellar horsing-around abilities to guarantee a good time be had by all. Read full book review >

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RISE OF THE BALLOON GOONS by Troy Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"An unusually promising series opener for proto-Goosebumps fans. (Light horror. 8-10)"
A discarded notebook with information on disquieting creatures like the Rhinoceraptor and the Forkupine isn't the only surprise waiting in Stermont for nerdy Alexander Bopp and his oblivious dad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TALKING WITH ARTISTS by Pat Cummings
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Great inspiration for young artists, good for researching author projects, or fun just to browse. (Nonfiction/biographies. 9+)"
Cummings (Talking with Artists: Volume I, 1992, not reviewed, etc.) delights with a lively, intimate look at the working lives of 13 diverse artists. Read full book review >

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CAROUSEL by Pat Cummings
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A likable, deceptively simple story that provides a fine model of clemency strengthening an already loving relationship. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Since Daddy's not back, Alex is too upset to enjoy dressing up for her birthday, or even to appreciate the present he's left. Read full book review >