Search Results: "Randi Barrow"


BOOK REVIEW

FINDING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"This effort will especially appeal to readers of Saving Zasha, but those who enjoy historical fiction will also find it to be an engaging read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In a prequel to Saving Zasha (2011), Barrow provides a mildly harrowing depiction of life in Russia during World War II. Read full book review >

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SAVING ZASHA by Randi Barrow
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"A highly engaging and ultimately hopeful animal story with a strong sense of time and place. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In an evocatively realized post-World War II Russia, as some of the severe hardships of war are receding, 13-year-old Mikhail, his older brother, younger sister and mother are suddenly faced with a new peril when they decide to keep a beautiful female German shepherd after its owner dies. Read full book review >

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RESURRECTING RANDI by David P. Shepherd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"A sterling debut from a talented writer."
A troubled coed demolishes a professor's carefully arranged life in this engrossing tale of mad love. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2008

"A labor of love of great value to Yankees fans and hard-core baseball junkies, but not too many others."
Everything you need to know—and much, much more—about a baseball magnate you probably didn't know existed. Read full book review >

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PIG IN A BARROW by Bert Kitchen
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"For admirers of Kitchens's splendid Animal Alphabet (1984), a disappointment. (Picture book. 4-8)"
As in Gorilla, Chinchilla (1990), some rather inane verse (``The hen in a bucket/Watches her chick,/Who's learning to balance—/A difficult trick'') serves to caption some odd pairings, in this case of animals and their containers. Read full book review >

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A BARROW BOY'S CADENZA by Pete Adams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"All credit to Adams (Irony in the Soul, 2013, etc.) for his fertile imagination but not for knowing when his muddle of bathroom jokes, sentimentality, slap and tickle, violence, and Jane Austen quotations gets tiresome."
A third adventure for an aging cockney copper and his colorful colleagues. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO LOVED TORNADOES by Randi Davenport
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 2010

"A gripping memoir of motherly love and absolute devotion."
The chronicle of a mother's increasingly desperate fight to preserve her son's sanity. Read full book review >

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HAVE YOU SEEN ELEPHANT? by David Barrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Younger audiences will be screaming 'There it is!' from the get-go. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A small child plays hide-and-seek with a surprisingly elusive (except to viewers) elephant. Read full book review >

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FERGUS BARNABY GOES ON VACATION by David Barrow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"The free-spirited illustrations, the detailed urban setting, and Fergus' close connections with his friends are sure to make this a hit with every child looking forward to a trip. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The Barnaby family is getting ready to go on vacation, but Fergus keeps forgetting things. Read full book review >

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LIFE AS I KNEW IT by Randi Hacker
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Some moments are overdone—Andrea's daughter from an earlier marriage actually says, 'if he hadn't divorced my mother, he might not have had a stroke'—but overall, a poignant, easily digestible piece. (Fiction. YA)"
A clear-voiced portrait of a small-town girl and the aftermath of her father's unexpected stroke. Read full book review >

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THIS IS THE SOUND by Randi Reisfeld
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"At publication it will already be dated; stick with the sketches in Spin, Heavy Metal, and other periodicals. (b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
From the stomach-wrenching perversity of Nine Inch Nails to the Celtic sound of the cranberries, the nine groups profiled here represent alternative rock's startling diversity, but this routine assortment of hype and soundbites does neither the music nor the musicians justice—and any survey that leaves out the likes of REM and Nirvana is bound to be seriously deficient. Read full book review >

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CONJURING by James Randi
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"A must for magic-lovers: smart, sassy, and more fun than a hatful of rabbits. (Photographs—115 b&w and 75 color.)"
A history of conjuring that's lively, opinionated, and impeccably well informed—just what you'd expect from the ``Amazing'' Randi, master magician-turned-masterful debunker (Flim- Flam!, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >