Search Results: "Ruth Freeman Swain"


BOOK REVIEW

BEDTIME! by Ruth Freeman Swain
Released: Sept. 15, 1999

"Children will be up all night poring over her scenes, which are packed with informative details, settings, and props. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children, to whom the questions of where and how people sleep are so important, will snuggle right up to this fascinating study of "beds." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"An average American eats 25 pounds of candy per year—indeed, how sweet it is! (brief bibliography) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Kids and candy naturally go together and this brief history of types of candies and chewing gum is cunningly sweetened with O'Brien's finely crosshatched, stippled illustrations. Read full book review >

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UNDERWEAR by Ruth Freeman Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"EWSLUGp1998 uncovers the basics better than any. (Informational picture book. 7-9)"
Swain doesn't really delve into her topic, but does provide a snappy general overview that is animated by O'Brien's big, tongue-in-cheek cartoon illustrations. Read full book review >

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HAIRDO! by Ruth Freeman Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2002

"A cut above. (hair facts, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Moving on from Bedtime (1999), Swain and Smith turn to hair as a cultural statement. Read full book review >

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ONE GOOD THING ABOUT AMERICA by Ruth Freeman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"A touching if incomplete fictional glimpse at one immigrant girl's experience. (glossary) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Congolese immigrant Anaïs adjusts to her new home in Maine over the course of one school year. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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HUNGRY by H.A. Swain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"Emotionally satisfying dystopia with a generous helping of forno. (Dystopian romance. 14-17)"
An alluring adventure in a future without food. Read full book review >

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FUNNY MONEY by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Despite an improbably high villain count, even for Atlantic City: solid, spirited second case from an author who dishes out professional anecdotes as generously as Edna Buchanan."
Most of the mechanics who try to cheat the house take a powder the minute clouds of suspicion rise. Read full book review >

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SHADOW PEOPLE by James Swain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"A fine read for lovers of escapist fiction."
Swain's latest thriller featuring magician and psychic Peter Warlock. Read full book review >

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MR. LUCKY by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"A wall-to-wall adrenaline rush as potent as a gambler's high. Tony's fifth is his biggest and just possibly his best."
Gambling expert Tony Valentine tackles the case of the small-town bettor who just can't lose. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT RAMBLER by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Even so, Jack's likely to be a hit with readers who fantasize about noble roughnecks, and a sequel, maybe even a series, seems assured."
The creator of casino expert Tony Valentine (Mr. Lucky, 2005, etc.) produces a suspense crossover with plenty of good news and bad for both private eye Jack Carpenter and his readers. Read full book review >