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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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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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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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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Time Fall by Timothy Ashby
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"History buffs will delight in the World War II backdrop, but the book's action, style and unremitting pace make it a triumph across-the-board."
Author Ashby's (Devil's Den, 2011) historical actioner follows six U.S. Army Rangers who jump from an aircraft in 1945 and travel nearly 70 years by the time they hit the ground. 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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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 >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Meandering forays into the past that will likely appeal to those yearning for a slice of the old days."
A debut collection of short stories and essays mostly focuses on the author's childhood in rural Kentucky but also strays into fiction. 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 >