Search Results: "Sabina I. Rascol"


BOOK REVIEW

THE IMPUDENT ROOSTER by Sabina I. Rascol
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Berry echoes richly colored Romanian folk-art designs throughout the stylized illustrations that reflect the humor, magic, and power of the tale. (source note) (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
Rascol adapts a classic Romanian tale originally told by Ion Creanga as "The Pouch with Two Coins." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TALES OF THE NEW WORLD by Sabina Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Murray's writing is chilly, but she is astute about the addictive nature of adventure and the unnerving relationship between the explorer and those he explores/hunts."
In 10 stories by Murray (Forgery, 2007, etc.), historical figures adventure into new worlds largely because they feel excluded in their old ones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

“I” by Jack Olsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"True-crime entertainment at its best."
Veteran true-crime author Olsen (Hastened to the Grave, 1998, etc.) explores the crimes and motivations of a truck-stop murderer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Sentimental of plotline but informative and breathlessly paced. (Q&A, annotated reading list) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
The seventh (chronologically earliest) entry in the series pitches a young former slave into the middle of the Civil War's pivotal battle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCHOOL SHIP <i>TOBERMORY</i> by Alexander McCall Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An accessible, unpretentious story full of timeless values and goodness. (nautical glossary) (Fiction. 7-12)"
Adventure and derring-do abound on the Tobermory, a sailing-ship boarding school based off the coast of Scotland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALIANT GENTLEMEN by Sabina Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Not at all bad, but given that Mario Vargas Llosa covered much of the same ground in his superior 2010 novel, The Dream of the Celt, Murray's version of the Casement story seems superfluous."
A long yarn recounting the life of Irish revolutionary Roger Casement and real-life best friend Herbert Ward, the British writer and artist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORGERY by Sabina Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"Doesn't deliver anything it aims for."
From Murray (A Carnivore's Inquiry, 2004, etc.), a disappointing novel set in a politically-charged Greece, mainly on the fictionalized island of Aspros in 1963. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CARNIVORE’S INQUIRY by Sabina Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Slack, thin, with alienating details and characters."
Another tedious road journey across America as a tiresome narrator searches for spiritual nourishment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Following the main text are 'After the Storm: Questions about Katrina' and 'Facts about Hurricane Katrina,' both ideal for setting young readers who have been enthralled by Barry's story on a path to discovering more about the true story of Katrina and its aftermath. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, 2010, etc.) again transforms a historical event into a fast-paced adventure story appropriate for lower elementary students. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I SEE A CAT  by Paul  Meisel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Another successful addition to the I Like to Read series: 'I see a winner!' (Early reader. 4-8)"
Ten words may be all it takes to convince some young children to try reading. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PROMISES I MADE by Michelle Zink
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Riveting. (Thriller. 12-18)"
In this sequel to Lies I Told (2014), Grace tries to atone for the major theft she helped her adoptive parents commit.Read full book review >