Search Results: "Ralph Fletcher"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"Anyone else will be overwhelmed and confused. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In this pep talk for aspiring poets, Fletcher (Have You Been to the Beach Lately, 2001, etc.) speaks directly to his readers in a chatty, non-threatening manner, as if he were a guest lecturer in their classrooms or homes and he reminds his audience that poetry must be an honest expression of the heart and soul. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1999

"Children will enjoy reading or listening to these linked episodes of high drama, low comedy, and comforting human contact. (Poetry. 8-10)"
PLB 0-531-33141-5 In what amounts to a novel in poems, a narrator, 11, declares his satisfaction at "Being The Youngest," introduces his big brother ("God's Gift to Girls"), who later has a scary brush with death, watches his grandmother plant tulip bulbs "in that dirty confusion/of bulb and knuckle,/knuckle and bulb," observes several relatives at a huge family reunion, tracks his mother's pregnancy, and, after his sister is born, finds pleasure in "Being A Middle Child," too. Read full book review >

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THE ONE O’CLOCK CHOP by Ralph Fletcher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"However, Fletcher's insight into Matt and his boat dreams fly off the page with a solid resonance that will make this a quick, light, summer beach read. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Long-Islander Matt wants a used Boston Whaler and has his eye on one that will cost him around $900. Read full book review >

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UNCLE DADDY by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"In this age of step and other nontraditional family groupings, the story should reassure youngsters that it's okay to love two father figures at the same time. (Fiction. 8-11)"
When Rivers was three, his father went out to get a pizza and never returned. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"Encouragement and instructive pointers in a package guy writers will enjoy. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Guys love writing as much as they love reading...when they can do their own thing. Read full book review >

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FLYING SOLO by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"A novel that is funny, real, and often moving. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The rich and complex emotional lives within a classroom of unsupervised students boil toward eruption the day an exceptional teacher is absent. Read full book review >

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MARSHFIELD DREAMS by Ralph Fletcher
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"A snapshot of small-world life that will open readers' eyes to the bonds of a peerless time and simpler lifestyle. (Autobiography. 8-12)"
Fletcher joins a select group of children's authors who open the pages to their childhood and the circumstances that led to their literary lives. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Kids and adults will find the poems meaningful despite these minor drawbacks, and teachers who use Fletcher's popular books on writing will want to incorporate these new poems into their lesson plans. (Poetry. 9-14)"
An accessible collection of well-written poems for middle-school students and a welcome find, as rare as an unbroken sand dollar on a busy beach. Read full book review >

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ALSO KNOWN AS ROWAN POHI by Ralph Fletcher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"Lightweight fluff in the Chris Lynch/Chris Crutcher mode, if that's possible. (Fiction. 13-15)"

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SPIDER BOY by Ralph Fletcher
ANIMALS
Released: April 14, 1997

"Creating and guiding a winning cast with a light, sure hand, Fletcher puts a fine, fresh spin on a familiar premise. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In a story every bit as engaging as Fletcher's Fig Pudding (1995), and less of an emotional rollercoaster to boot, a seventh- grade arachnophile and his beloved tarantula take some time adjusting to a family move. Read full book review >

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FIG PUDDING by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 24, 1995

"Sensitive to all the potential problems of the disparity between the substance and the style of his book, Fletcher (I Am Wings, not reviewed) displays an extremely gentle touch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A book about a big happy family, with lots of laughter, lots of cooking, and lots of eating; it opens with Cliff, the 11-year- old narrator and oldest of six children, ``getting ready to dig into a steaming plate of French toast,'' and closes with his whole family laughing so hard that tears are running down their faces. Read full book review >

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HOW TO WRITE YOUR LIFE STORY by Ralph Fletcher
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

Fletcher addresses budding memoirists in his latest writing manual, offering both practical techniques for getting started and general advice about the craft of writing vividly—from constructing a well-paced narrative to communicating a sense of authenticity. Read full book review >