Search Results: "Ryan Blair"


BOOK REVIEW

BONNIE BLAIR by Cathy Breitenbucher
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"A rewarding read for kids interested in sports. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Breitenbucher, for ten years a sportswriter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, records the amazing career of speed skater Bonnie Blair, who trained in Milwaukee. Read full book review >

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RYAN WHITE by Ryan White
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1991

"Illustrated with photos. (Biography. 12+)"
Written with a producer of a TV special about Ryan White, this freewheeling account captures what endeared him to so many. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"This inspiring true story of survival, friendship and activism is never preachy, and the text, dotted with color photographs, carefully preserves a child's eye view throughout. (Nonfiction. 7-12)"
When Ryan Hreljac's first-grade teacher explained that it would cost only $70 to build a well to supply clean water for an entire village in Africa, Ryan, with his parents' encouragement, decided to raise the money himself by doing household chores. Read full book review >

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THE BETRAYAL OF MAGGIE BLAIR by Elizabeth Laird
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"If Maggie sometimes seems oddly naïve for a person of such an age at that time, her point of view will resonate with teenagers today, as will her death-defying journey, her scrappiness and determination in the face of extreme poverty and little love. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Sixteen-year-old Maggie lives a poor life in 17th-century Scotland with her Granny, whose ill temper, foul mouth and skills at healing make her an easy target for the witch-hunting church. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Readers may never attain the author's heights, but his advice should help nascent entrepreneurs skirt at least some of the pitfalls ahead."
With veteran co-author Yaeger (with Rex Ryan: Play It Like You Mean It, 2011, etc.), millionaire entrepreneur Blair tells his compelling story: a troubled street kid overcomes a broken home and a drug-addled father to amass a vast fortune before the age of 30. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEFENDING BILLY RYAN by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 1992

"So, though short on Victories-like shape and substance, this is shaggily entertaining—and another distinct, if minor, confirmation of Higgins's unique command of rueful language and rude incident."
Higgins produces a novel just about every year whether he's got a great idea for one or not. Read full book review >

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A MARY BLAIR TREASURY OF GOLDEN BOOKS by Mary Blair
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"For Boomers, a nostalgic trip back to their diaper-clad days, and if not exactly multicultural (despite some song lyrics in German and French), still enjoyable for today's young children. (introduction) (Picture book collection. 3-5, adult)"
Despite the art's distinctly retro look and coloring, the five Golden Books in this gathering—four complete, one excerpted—only rarely come off as period pieces. Read full book review >

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DEAR MRS. RYAN, YOU'RE RUINING MY LIFE by Jennifer B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"They'll be rooting for Henry as he deals with the unexpected curve balls life throws him. (Fiction. 9-11)"
All's fair in love and war as a young boy conspires to set his mom up with his school principal in this engaging debut from Jones. Read full book review >

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RYAN QUINN AND THE REBEL'S ESCAPE by Ron McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"With a fast pace, familiar characters, plenty of action, and little testing of the envelope, this trilogy opener is calculated to please genre fans. (Thriller. 10-14)"
Move over, Alex Rider: Ryan Quinn has come to town. Read full book review >

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RYAN QUINN AND THE LION'S CLAW by Ron McGee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Hits the spot for adventure junkies. (Thriller. 10-14)"
In his second novel, McGee follows up on Ryan Quinn and the Rebel's Escape (2016) with another high-action adventure that reads much like the screenplays of his television movies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A mesmerizing, rarely mentioned piece of labor history, crackingly told. (10 b&w photographs, not seen)"
A stunning re-creation of the great West Virginia uprising of 1921, when some 10,000 armed miners confronted coal operators and their hired guns in an attempt to unionize. Read full book review >