Search Results: "Rob Buyea"


BOOK REVIEW

SAVING MR. TERUPT by Rob Buyea
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 14, 2015

"A warmly gracious invitation to a convincing middle school world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Seventh-graders Alexia, Anna, Danielle, Jessica, Jeffrey, Luke, and Peter struggle to hold on to the bonds formed in Mr. Terupt's class in fifth and sixth grade and to their favorite teacher, whose job is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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MR. TERUPT FALLS AGAIN by Rob Buyea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Moving and real. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Looping with his students into sixth grade, Mr. Terupt continues to surprise them with challenging projects and perfect reading suggestions, but there are still aftereffects from the snowball Peter threw. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT SCORE by Rob Buyea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An introduction to teen social and emotional issues that takes care not to delve too deeply into the darker side of things. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Middle school students contend with standardized tests. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE OF MR. TERUPT by Rob Buyea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
During a school year in which a gifted teacher who emphasizes personal responsibility among his fifth graders ends up in a coma from a thrown snowball, his students come to terms with their own issues and learn to be forgiving. Read full book review >

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AW, NUTS! by Rob McClurkan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"A thin rendering of an uninspired story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
What self-respecting squirrel wouldn't take off in hot pursuit of the Platonic acorn? Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH WEASELS by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Standard-issue knockoff, with personal and racial issues presented in mildly provocative ways, some gross bits and a few amusingly tweaked folk-tale tropes. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
A Web cartoonist and graphic novelist (Monster on the Hill, 2013) climbs aboard the crowded Wimpy Kid bandwagon with this tale of a middle schooler who belongs to a despised minority: He's a troll. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPLAT THE CAT by Rob Scotton
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2008

"Sure to stir things up at storytime. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Splat is terrified of his first day at Cat School and "his tail wiggle[s] wildly with worry." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUSSELL’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC by Rob Scotton
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Kids will like the shiny, red roadster-sleigh, which has much more style than the standard model. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In the third story in a series about Russell the sheep, he comes to Santa's aid and saves Christmas through his inventiveness and hard work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TROLL WHO CRIED WOLF by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A most admirable troll, notwithstanding the big floppy ears and flyaway orange hair. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
Beleaguered middle school troll Zarf gets a chance to show his true mettle when the Big Bad Wolf's motorcycle-riding minions take the Littlepig family hostage in this sequel to The Trouble with Weasels (2014). Read full book review >

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RUSSELL THE SHEEP by Rob Scotton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Quite a contrast to the usual run of ovine-driven snoozers, like Phyllis Root's Ten Sleepy Sheep, illustrated by Susan Gaber (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Scotton makes a stylish debut with this tale of a sleepless sheep—depicted as a blocky, pop-eyed, very soft-looking woolly with a skinny striped nightcap of unusual length—trying everything, from stripping down to his spotted shorts to counting all six hundred million billion and ten stars, twice, in an effort to doze off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TROLL OVERBOARD by Rob Harrell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A series that began as a Wimpy Kid wannabe moves up to a cabin in first class. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 10-12)"
Zarf, middle school troll, is tricked into a quest for magic beans that takes him into—and then out of—the belly of the beast. Blech. Read full book review >