Search Results: "Ray Ellis"


BOOK REVIEW

ONCE A HUSSAR by Ray Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Readers will yearn for the sequel, Always a Hussar, not yet published in the United States."
Not a reprint or a lost manuscript but a freshly written, top-notch memoir by a former British artilleryman now in his 90s. Read full book review >

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HOME by Carson Ellis
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ellis, known for her illustrations for Colin Meloy's Wildwood series, here riffs on the concept of "home." Read full book review >

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DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Following the minute changes as the pages turn is to watch growth, transformation, death, and rebirth presented as enthralling spectacle. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Viewers follow the unfurling of an exotic woodland plant through the actions and invented language of beautifully coiffed and clothed insects. Read full book review >

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THE T.F. LETTERS by Karen Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers in the know will appreciate the creative adult-child communication and picture Alex's parents grappling to smooth her adjustment; others will settle for believing, as Alex does, in magic. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Suddenly, Alex Vandershoot is going through a lot of changes, losing her first tooth, and facing her family's move to California from Texas. Read full book review >

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AHMED AND THE FEATHER GIRL by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Magically uplifting and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In an unknown country and time, an orphaned boy named Ahmed must work as a helper in mean Madame Saleem's traveling circus. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE CREATION by Jane Ray
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Also available in Spanish (with the biblical text from Ediciones Paulinas, 1974). (Bible/Picture book. 3+)"
An illustrator whose elegantly beautiful The Story of Christmas was a 1991 ALA Notable Book brings the same striking blend of folk motifs and Middle Eastern references to a handsome rendition of the King James version of the Creation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUTSIDE IN by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"More than a thoughtful ode to found family, this slim, sweet novel challenges readers to look anew at the ones they have. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"What if you could just invent your family, your home, your life?" Read full book review >

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SACRED LEAF by Deborah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"An exciting story that confronts young readers with a very different kind of childhood. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Bolivians have long consumed coca leaves, the raw ingredient in cocaine, as a mild stimulant tea to minimize the effects of hunger and altitude sickness. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Photographs of the interviewees and a glossary round out an important chronicle of war and the world's most vulnerable—the children. (Internet resources) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
In her previous volume, Off to War: Voices of Soldiers' Children (2008), Ellis interviewed Canadian and American children whose parents were off at war in Iraq or Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE BLUE by Sarah Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1995

"Ellis (Pick-Up Sticks, 1992, etc.) creates well- developed characters, not only believable but wholly likable; her deft use of wit is delightful. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A warm, loving family helps Megan come to terms with major changes in her life, in a sensitive, empathetic domestic tale. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"All the stories feature Ellis's taut and restrained prose, and most are as intriguing and finished as her longer works. (Short stories. 12-14)"
Ellis (Out of the Blue, 1995, etc.) offers middle-schoolers more than a chill or two in her collection of short stories, featuring a variety of teenage narrators. Read full book review >