Search Results: "Roger B. Swain"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 1991

"All in all, comforting reading for the hammock or the back porch."
More brief encounters in the wild and not-so-wild outdoors by Swain, Horticulture magazine's science editor (Field Days, 1983, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOTTY INVENTIONS by Roger McGough
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

With help from her robot Digby, young scientist Dotty Dabble enters such ill-conceived inventions as nasal floss, voice-activated socks, and thermal dentures in a competition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"An older technology—the magnifying glass—will be necessary for reading the bibliography and source notes. (online resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
According to the authors, Abraham Lincoln was part of the last generation of Americans who didn't expect technology ever to change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOPE AND TEARS by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A poem in the voice of a National Park Service worker today says it best: 'The sense that, / after all these years, / spirits live here, / along with all their hopes and tears.' (source notes, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Readers are invited to recite the thoughts, fears and dreams of all those who came to Ellis Island as immigrants, workers and visitors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHIG AND THE SECOND SPREAD by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Endearing—and not one bit cloying—faultlessly paced, and rich in colloquialisms real or invented, Chig is a textured, sympathetic look at rural life during the Depression and at a champion of a girl. (author note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Tiny Chig ("That girl ain't any bigger than a little red chigger") Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAKE DREAMS THE SKY by Swain Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"The story soars off into an astonishing climax, nicely mingling the mundane and marvelous and once again demonstrating Wolfe's stirring, original power as a storyteller."
Rock-ribbed Montana love story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMILING by Gwenyth Swain
Released: April 13, 1999

"An index provides further information on the locations and settings of the photographs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest addition to the Small World series, which shows children around the world engaged in similar activities, focuses on the very human act of smiling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUSCIOUS LEMON by Heather Swain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A second coming-of-ager from Swain (Eliot's Banana , 2003) but, for obvious reasons, this heartfelt tale isn't exactly entertaining."
Can a young Manhattan chef find happiness? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELIOT’S BANANA by Heather Swain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2003

"Romance fiction right on target for rocker girls with a little therapy under their belts."
Engaging debut about death, modern romance, and growing up. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO INVENTED SKIING by Swain Wolfe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2006

"A unique vision, presented in rough-hewn prose."
Novelist Wolfe (The Parrot Trainer, 2003, etc.) recalls a childhood growing up poor in Colorado and Montana during the 1940s and '50s, a time when he was deeply unhappy but fully occupied. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST LADIES by Susan Swain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though presented in a stilted fashion, all the portraits are rendered with sympathy and detail."
Selections from the popular yearlong C-SPAN series exploring the lives of the first ladies, each offering conversational, somewhat truncated viewpoints by various historians. Read full book review >