Search Results: "Rebecca L. Johnson"


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REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier
Released: Sept. 23, 1938

"Should be easy to sell — easy to rent."
A brilliant piece of writing, with the atmosphere and suspense and pace that made Jamaica Inn an absorbing and thrilling story — and it has besides a depth of characterization and soundness of psychological conflict that makes it a finer and more penetrating book. Read full book review >

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CHERNOBYL'S WILD KINGDOM by Rebecca L. Johnson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"An important story clearly and engagingly told by an experienced science writer. (author's note, glossary, source notes, bibliography, further resources, index) (Nonfiction.12-16)"
To the surprise of many, some wildlife flourishes in Chernobyl, Ukraine, more than 25 years after the explosion at the nuclear power plant there. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 29, 1997

"Despite the -100¯F temperatures and dangerous conditions in Antarctica, readers will sense the pioneering spirit of all those attracted to this frozen white wilderness. (map, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In this astute look at female grit in ``one of the most unspoiled and challenging environments on earth,'' Johnson (Investigating the Ozone Hole, 1994, etc.) recounts how, for 150 years after men first set foot on it, Antarctica remained something of a ``man's world.'' That changed in 1969, when the first female participants in the US Antarctic Program arrived on the continent. Read full book review >

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MASTERS OF DISGUISE by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"From an assassin bug's 'Coat of Many Corpses' on, a truly astonishing look at some of nature's most ingenious predatory or survival strategies. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Disguises are common in nature, but here, Johnson puts the spotlight on nine creatures who take mimicry or camouflage to a whole different level. Read full book review >

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WHEN LUNCH FIGHTS BACK by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2014

"Thrilling reading for budding biologists. (source notes, multimedia resource lists) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Here's blood in your eye. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Rich, revealing and rewarding. (glossary, source notes, selected bibliography, suggestions for further learning, index, acknowledgements) (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
This strikingly illustrated book takes its readers on a series of research voyages exploring the ocean from its shallow edges to unfathomable depths during the recently completed ten-year International Census of Marine Life. Read full book review >

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NANOTECHNOLOGY by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Nevertheless, like Dianne Maddox's Nanotechnology (not reviewed), this latest entry in the 'Cool Science' series may fire up some interest in this trendy topic and impel readers to check out the websites and other resources listed at the end. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
From clear sunscreen to space elevators, nanotechnology promises big changes in our daily lives. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Science writing at its grossest and best, though as the title (not to mention the blood-spattered pages) warns, not for the squeamish. (author's note, glossary, notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
Solid (sometimes writhing) proof that the scariest zombie flicks have nothing on Nature. Read full book review >

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INVESTIGATING THE OZONE HOLE by Rebecca L. Johnson
NATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Since the author, a journalist and museum curator, has spent time in Antarctica with research teams investigating the ozone loss above the South Pole, her account of the problem includes some entertaining first-hand vignettes of life at 40 degrees below zero. Read full book review >

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JOURNEY INTO THE DEEP by Rebecca L. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2011

"A fascinating step-by-step descent into the still largely unexplored 'living minestrone' in which our planet is enfolded, with special features that enhance rather than distract. (iPad informational app. 10-13)"
Well-designed digital bells and whistles boost Johnson's already first-rate print dive past marine biology's frontiers (2010) to the next level. Read full book review >

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SHELTERING REBECCA by Mary Baylis-White
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Not very deep, but pleasant as the story of a friendship and authentic as far as it goes. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Rebecca arrives in Sally's class after being smuggled out of Germany in 1938, Sally knows little about Hitler's persecutions; but when she is given special responsibility for the young Jewish refugee, the two quickly become close friends. Read full book review >

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REBECCA WEST by Carl Rollyson
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"All of the juice has been squeezed out of the details of a long, rich, unique life. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Rollyson (The Lives of Norman Mailer, 1991, etc.) piles on the details but never gets to the novelist, critic, and essayist known as Dame Rebecca West, born Cecily Fairfield (she borrowed her pen name from an Ibsen character). Read full book review >