Search Results: "Roberta Brandes Gratz"


BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY BASEBALL by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"But the relatively few fine baseball moments are surrounded by what seems like stuffing right out of the Patchwork Girl, while the meaning of Alex's sojourn in Ever After is obscured by the crowd. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Baseball enthusiast Alex finds himself thrust abruptly into the midst of an otherworldly baseball series in which his team, the Cyclones, includes pitcher Dorothy Gale, Tik-Tok, Br'er Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING ROTTEN by Alan Gratz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"However, this well-crafted mystery has appeal for readers familiar with both Raymond Chandler's novels and Shakespeare's masterpiece. (Fiction. YA)"
Gratz is cornering the niche market of novels containing dissimilar topics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD  by Kate Brandes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"An expertly paced, moving exploration of grief and responsibility and an eloquent portrait of a small town struggling with compromise."
A small-town family, torn apart by tragedy, must find a way to overcome their grievances when they face a common threat in Brandes' debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAN THIS BOOK by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Contrived at some points, polemic at others, but a stout defense of the right to read. (discussion guide) (Fiction. 9-11)"
A shy fourth-grader leads the revolt when censors decimate her North Carolina school's library. Read full book review >

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REFUGEE by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 25, 2017

"Poignant, respectful, and historically accurate while pulsating with emotional turmoil, adventure, and suspense. (maps, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In the midst of political turmoil, how do you escape the only country that you've ever known and navigate a new life? Parallel stories of three different middle school-aged refugees—Josef from Nazi Germany in 1938, Isabel from 1994 Cuba, and Mahmoud from 2015 Aleppo—eventually intertwine for maximum impact. Read full book review >

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SAMURAI SHORTSTOP by Alan Gratz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"The graphic opening chapter makes this for older readers, who will find it an unusual take on the American (and Japanese) pastime. (author's notes, bibliography) (Fiction. 14+)"
Commodore Perry sailed into Yokohama harbor in 1853, and only a few years later, in 1870, baseball was introduced into Japan, along with many other Western influences. Read full book review >

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PROJEKT 1065 by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A rare insider's glimpse into the Hitler Youth: animated, well-researched, and thought-provoking. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The son of the Irish ambassador to Germany poses as a member of the Hitler Youth in order to support the Allies during World War II. Read full book review >

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CODE OF HONOR by Alan Gratz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Quibbles aside, Kamran is a smart and sympathetic narrator, and readers will be happy to spend time with him in this action-packed thriller. (Adventure.14-18)"
An Iranian-American teen's faith in his beloved brother is pushed to the limit when it appears that he may be involved in a terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy in Turkey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BROOKLYN NINE by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"The fictional voice is sure and engaging, polished without being slick—an entertaining and compelling look at the deep roots of our national pastime. (author's notes) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Nearly nine generations span the years from Alexander Cartwright's 1840s Knickerbocker Base Ball days to the present, and Gratz places a young character from a fictional family of Brooklynites in each, threading their stories together with the development of the American bat and ball game. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Although it makes for a plot stretch, the author pulls the many threads together for a satisfying remake of one of the Bard's most familiar works. (Mystery. YA)"
Horatio Wilkes returns for a second mystery set in Tennessee, and Gratz (Something Rotten, 2007) has again loosely based his plot on a Shakespearian play, this time Macbeth. Read full book review >