Search Results: "Sally Derby"


BOOK REVIEW

DERBY by John McHenry

"An entertaining romp with a complex emotional core."
A mid-20th-century, coming-of-age novel follows two fraternity brothers. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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WHOOSH WENT THE WIND! by Sally Derby
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Lively charcoal-and-acrylic illustrations and sprightly text portray this adventurous young student on a most unusual day. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A boy is late to school, but he has an explanation: It was the wind! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JACOB AND THE STRANGER by Sally Derby
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 1994

"An elegant piece of bookmaking; an enchanting, simple-seeming tale that contrasts provocatively with Aiken's The Shoemaker's Boy (above). (Fiction/Young reader. 6+)"
An intriguing, beautifully honed allegory concerning Jacob, known by his actions as kind, honest, even smart—yet lazy: ``I don't like to work,'' says he. ``I like to do as I please, to...lie in the grass watching the clouds.'' Still, he finds enough odd jobs to support himself, and one day a mysterious stranger offers him the easiest of tasks: to care for his potted plant for a florin a day, but ``You must return to me all that is mine. Read full book review >

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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 >