Search Results: "Sal Murdocca"


BOOK REVIEW

DANGER IN THE DARKEST HOUR by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"It appears there is nowhere Osborne's Magic Tree House cannot take readers, as this successful foray suggests. (Adventure. 7-10)"
Jack and Annie go to Normandy on June 4, 1944. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURS BEFORE DARK by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-9)"
In classic E. Nesbit tradition, Jack's wishes go awry while he and his sister Annie, seven, are time traveling. Read full book review >

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SUNFLOWER SAL by Janet S. Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Put this next to Barbara Cooney's Miss Rumphius (1982) and the Johnny Appleseed tales, about other characters whose horticultural labors of love transformed landscapes. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sal desperately wants to make a quilt, but her big hands just don't seem to have the knack of doing such small, fussy work. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING SAL by Carol Molski
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Though Sal may be the 'swimmingest dog in the world,' the plot's formulaic structure drags her down. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Sal has a serious doggy dilemma. Read full book review >

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SAL MINEO by Michael Gregg Michaud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"The facts are here, but readers seeking a nuanced portrait of the actor should look elsewhere."
The short, shocking life of the Switchblade Kid. Read full book review >

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STAGECOACH SAL by Deborah Hopkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Based on the real Delia Haskett Rawson, the first and possibly only woman to carry the U.S. mail by stagecoach in California, the story has a wonderful energy and verve. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sally, so small her feet don't reach the floorboards of her Pa's stagecoach, loves to ride and sing (and she can shoot, too). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ON SAL MAL LANE by Ru Freeman
Released: May 14, 2013

"Lovingly written, historically rich and compassionate to all sides of the turmoil, this tale is also frustratingly distant, leaving the reader sympathetic but not fully engaged."
Sri Lanka erupted into violence in the 1980s, with people identifying themselves as Tamil or Sinhalese, Hindu or Buddhist, Burgher or Muslim—the conflicts brewed over language policies, territories and curfews. Read full book review >

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BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL by Robert McCloskey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 17, 1948

"They eventually untangle-and it's the grown up bear and the grown up mother who are just aw bit scared and disconcerted."
McCloskey has a beguiling way of telling a very simple story (witness his Make Way for Ducklings — and the slightly older Lentil and Homer Price). Read full book review >

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BRING ME THE BRAIN OF NIKOLA TESTA by Sal Restivo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2007

"Hyper-indulgent and random, but also, often enough, gleamingly chromatic, providing mild entertainment."
An international thriller devolves into a fitful intellectual digression in Restivo's rapidly changing story. Read full book review >

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A PEBBLE CAST by Sal Biondello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Well-meaning but awfully depressing (and amateurish) debut novel."
Disabled child works minor miracles. Read full book review >

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DANCING GRANNY by Elizabeth Winthrop
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Lighthearted and fun, Winthrop's whimsical tale will set little toes to tapping. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A grandmother in purple sneakers and a waltzing bear trip the light fantastic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Millionaire's Cross by Sal Nudo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2014

"Like a familiar roller-coaster ride; readers may see where the story's headed but that doesn't make it any less exhilarating.
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In Nudo's (Phantom Reunions, 2005, etc.) thriller, three men need only do a small favor to win a big fortune; unforeseen consequences ensue.Read full book review >