Search Results: "Sally Derby"


BOOK REVIEW

KYLE’S ISLAND by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"A poignant coming-of-age story rooted in realistic family relationships and lovingly glossed with the wonders of summer on a lake. (Historical fiction. 10-13)"
When his family returns to their Michigan lakeside cottage for the summer of 1974, "almost" 13-year-old Kyle's usual excitement quells as he confronts the realities of change. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DERBY GIRL by Shauna Cross
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Exuberant and insightful, until Cross solves everything in the final pages. (Fiction. YA)"
Sharp humor dominates this entertaining debut from Cross, who weaves her own experience with roller derby into the fun and traumas of a small-town girl experiencing major rebellion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEMON DERBY by Carrie Harris
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 8, 2014

"A paranormal adventure with both style and heart (on wheels). (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
A resolutely tough cancer survivor winds up battling more than just the opposing team when she goes out for roller derby and comes face to face with supernatural enemies in this fast-paced, often funny offering about demon hunters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNDAY SHOPPING by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2015

"Both old-fashioned and fresh-feeling, this book is thoroughly worthy of a shopping trip. (Picture book. 5-8)"
As comfortable as a Sunday afternoon with Grandma, Derby's picture book sneaks a wee bit of financial literacy into her story of playtime and imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING KENRICK'S SPLINTER by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 10, 1994

"Amusing, especially to anyone who has faced the unhappy tweezers. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-7)"
King Kenrick jumps out of bed on Hero's Day morning, only to get a splinter in his toe. Read full book review >

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THE WACKY SUBSTITUTE by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2005

"A sweet addition to large collections, but strapped budgets won't miss this one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Unfortunately, Mr. Wuerst starts his day by dropping his glasses in the frying pan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TAIKO ON A WINDY NIGHT by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"The cover is unfortunately rather dark (depicting a black cat at night, after all), but the story itself is full of warmth, and it will blend nicely into story hours with themes of wind, night, or cats. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Taiko, a jet-black cat with four white feet and a white vest, is a free spirit who ventures off on a midnight prowl one windy night. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A NEW SCHOOL YEAR by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2017

"Diverse in so many ways, this could be a springboard to readers' own poems about school. (Picture book/poetry 4-10)"
At the start of a new school year, six children tell of their worries, hopes, and growth in 24 free-verse poems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JUMP BACK, PAUL by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"While the author is otherwise quite respectful toward this beloved black poet, as many grandmas of various races and ethnicities would say, it's not what's said but how it's said. (timeline, source notes, selected bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-12)"
Paul Laurence Dunbar's words serve as a cornerstone for much of black literature and everyday lit-dropping conversations among black folks. But when they cross the color line…. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWO FOOLS AND A HORSE by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"The blend of words and illustrations make this a not-to-be-missed offering. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Derby's clever and foolish literary tale is destined to become a classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MOUSE WHO OWNED THE SUN by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"The gentle, understated humor of Henstra's pen and watercolor illustrations is nicely in tune with the rather long, tongue-in-cheek story; lively dialogue makes this an especially good choice for sharing aloud. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The mouse is lucky indeed: it's pure coincidence that, at each critical juncture, the sun does exactly what he tells it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO MUSH TODAY by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Overall, a delightful book. (Picture book. 3-7)"
After her baby brother's arrival, young Nonie must cope with the reality that she is no longer her parents' only priority. Read full book review >