Search Results: "Ruth Ashby"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2009

"Labeled an early reader by the publisher, the vocabulary and complexity better suit upper-elementary and middle-school readers, despite its slenderness. (map, author's note, bibliography, suggested reading) (Biography. 10-14)"
Finding its niche neatly in this Season of Darwin, this slim volume recounts the world-changing voyage of the Beagle and what its young naturalist found while on it. Read full book review >

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MY FAVORITE DINOSAURS by Ruth Ashby
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Purchase for young dinosaur lovers, who may pore over paintings looking for their favorites. (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
Dinosaur artist Sibbick presents 29 of his favorite dinosaurs with full-color double-paged paintings that pitch the viewer into the midst of action-filled dinosaur landscapes. Read full book review >

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PTERANODON by Ruth Ashby
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Concludes with a map of the Late Cretaceous, glossary, bibliography and notes. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Imagine a furry, flying dinosaur with a 28-foot wing span, soaring on leathery wings, catching a fishy supper and avoiding fatal battles with T. rex, Elasmosaurus, Tylosaurus and an unnamed raptor. Read full book review >

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CAEDMON’S SONG by Ruth Ashby
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A bit bland, all in all—but the episode is a significant one in our cultural history, and it's been many a year since any other version of it has been offered for young readers. (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
Ashby embroiders the medieval tale of England's first known poet but lightly, downplaying its religious elements without losing them entirely. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT AMERICAN DOCUMENTS by Ruth Ashby
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2014

"The cartoon approach helps refresh history and make it come alive. A good primer for students and a refresher course for their parents."
An illustrated history of the early United States, narrated by Uncle Sam. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1995

"With a sprinkling of b&w photographs and prints, this should be useful in most collections; it is well done and supports modern history curricula. (indices) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The presence of an introduction by Gloria Steinem makes this fascinating book's feminist outlook clear. Read full book review >

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SEA GIFT by John Ashby
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2003

"Though friendship with a local Mi'kmaq boy and success following his grandmother's advice come too easily, this story of adventure, coming of age, and moral ideas has much to offer. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 14-year-old Lauchie convinces his mother to let him work on a lobster boat for the summer, little does he know he's in for the "absolute best" summer of his life. Read full book review >

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FAIRY BAD DAY by Amanda Ashby
FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2011

"Give this lighthearted and lightly satirical book to younger teens and those preteens who won't be put off by the length. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)"
Teens with a taste for the paranormal school story and a tolerance for raucous humor will be involved with and amused by this romantic fantasy. Read full book review >

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DEMONOSITY by Amanda Ashby
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 15, 2013

"The message never overwhelms the fun in this frothy paranormal romp. (Paranormal adventure. 12 & up)"
With her usual wit and humor, Ashby (Fairy Bad Day, 2011) takes on the question of how to make the right decision. Read full book review >

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DEVIL'S DEN by Timothy Ashby
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 21, 2011

"Real people, real events and the still-charged reverberations of the Civil War provide a provocative framework for a 1920s-era mystery neatly told with meticulous historical detail and enjoyable twists."
In a mystery by former U.S. Department of Commerce official Ashby, the 1923 murder of a Civil War veteran leaves a trail of conspiracy, cover-up and corruption stretching from the Battle of Gettysburg to the halls of the Harding-era Congress and the fledgling Bureau of Investigation (precursor to the FBI). Read full book review >

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COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Begins with vivid characters and solid worldbuilding bones but doesn't entirely hang together."
A teenage genius and his bodyguard uncover unpleasant corporate secrets and face a potentially otherworldly threat in this near-future sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

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In Shadowland by Timothy Ashby
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A highly readable series installment that weaves real-world history into a deft, dynamic historical thriller."
In this suspenseful mix of fact and fiction, a disillusioned agent for the Bureau of Investigation journeys to post-World War I France and Germany to search for the remains of Theodore Roosevelt's war-hero son. Read full book review >