Search Results: "Ru Freeman"


BOOK REVIEW

ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman
Released: May 14, 2013

"Lovingly written, historically rich and compassionate to all sides of the turmoil, this tale is also frustratingly distant, leaving the reader sympathetic but not fully engaged."
Sri Lanka erupted into violence in the 1980s, with people identifying themselves as Tamil or Sinhalese, Hindu or Buddhist, Burgher or Muslim—the conflicts brewed over language policies, territories and curfews. Read full book review >

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A DISOBEDIENT GIRL by Ru Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2009

"An earnest, worthy, well-crafted debut."
Human-rights activist Freeman considers selfhood, desire and social status in her first novel. Read full book review >

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EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION by Ru Freeman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 3, 2015

"A vibrant, high-spirited collection that will appeal to those on one side of this complex geopolitical conundrum."
An anthology calling upon American writers to address the plight of the Palestinians. Read full book review >

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NEWSPRINTS by Ru Xu
by Ru Xu, illustrated by Ru Xu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Despite a few rough edges, a promising start. (Graphic science fiction. 11-13)"
An escalating war unites a ragamuffin with a secret and two fugitives with secrets of their own in this steampunk-tinged opener. Read full book review >

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WATERCOLOR TALE by Ru  Osika
by Ru Osika, illustrated by Nana Demenkova, developed by Zhe
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2012

"Natural history concerns aside (Tangerines? In a pine forest?), a visually appealing story with an easy-to-grasp emotional base and uncomplicated interactive effects. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)"
A young fox undertakes a (mildly) scary journey to help an unusual friend in this simple, if wordy, original tale. Read full book review >

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PET OF THE MET by Lydia Freeman
Released: April 3, 1953

"In the nick of time Mefisto is bewitched, dances too, and cat and mouse become friends."
Backstage animal life at the Metropolitan Opera House, a little on the sentimental side but with lavish colored pencil drawings by the authors that have humor and provide a nice setting for a run through of "The Magic Flute" as part of the story. Read full book review >

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HOORAY, I’M FIVE TODAY! by Tor Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Simply written, this happy tale sparkles with pure fun that will have readers yearning for their own special day to arrive. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In celebration of her fifth birthday, Dinah's buddy arranges an impromptu, animal-filled fiesta for her. Read full book review >

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OLIVE AND THE EMBARRASSING GIFT by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"The too-simple resolution and final act of revenge blunt the impact of the story's message. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Joe's gift of matching hats, one pink, one purple, both sporting a heart design, heart tassels and pompoms, and reading "Best Friends" across the front, is pretty embarrassing. But is it worth throwing away a friendship? Read full book review >

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OLIVE AND THE BIG SECRET by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Though the story is slight, some young listeners may enjoy tracing the path the secret travels, while parents will appreciate the opportunity to talk about friendship and trust. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A simple story of a secret that slips out. Read full book review >

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EARL THE SQUIRREL by Don Freeman
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Preschoolers will love Earl's stumbling-but-steady journey towards independence, as nothing tastes as sweet as the first acorn a child procures on his or her own. (Picture book. 3-6)"
From unnamed origins springs a wonderful, never-before-published book by Freeman, creator of Corduroy. Read full book review >

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CORDUROY by Don Freeman
by Don Freeman, illustrated by Don Freeman
Released: March 1, 1968

"Corduroy and Lisa break the spell by talking to each other but otherwise it's the sort of predicament that children recognize, made more poignant by the plea in Corduroy's eyes."
A bear missing a button looks shopworn, so Corduroy sets out after the department store closes to find his. Read full book review >

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OLIVE AND THE BAD MOOD by Tor Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Unfortunately, the realistically petty temper tantrum and unhealthy coping mechanism overshadow the slight humor and seem likely to leave young listeners and their parents even less enchanted with Olive than her friends are. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Olive the (anthropomorphic) orange cat is back—and she's still oblivious to the impact of her actions (Olive and the Big Secret, 2012). Read full book review >