Search Results: "Sally Wern Comport"


BOOK REVIEW

LOVE WILL SEE YOU THROUGH by Angela Farris Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A heartfelt sermon, but useful only as a supplement. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
Lessons for life presented by Dr. King's niece. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2012

"Much has been written for children about Mount Rushmore. While this isn't a must-have, it offers a new approach to this landmark. (Picture book/biography 7-10)"
You're a dutiful son; your father, renowned sculptor Gutzon Borglum, designed the presidential monuments on Mount Rushmore. You finish the job when your father dies, but history will ignore you. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NILE CROSSING by Katy Beebe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2017

"A beautiful, flawed story that rings true even if set thousands of years ago. (historical note, bibliography, author's note, illustrator's note, glossary) (Picture book. 6-9)"
A starting-school story set in the Egyptian New Kingdom (c. 1550-1070 B.C.E.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEARWALKER by Joseph Bruchac
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

"Despite a plot that runs on slasher-film logic and an inconsistent use of the convention of the tale told in a journal, fans of Bruchac's short, Native American legend-inspired horror will enjoy this latest entry in the series. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Thirteen-year-old Baron Braun has enough to deal with: new school, bullies, being short, a missing father and a mother in Iraq. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADA'S VIOLIN by Susan Hood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Pair with the suggested video links to experience the music of a remarkable, resilient cultural community. (author's note, websites, videos, quotation sources, photographs) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
Hood presents the story of a Paraguayan youth orchestra whose instruments are fashioned from garbage collected in the local landfill. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRST KIDS by Gibbs Davis
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 22, 2009

"New readers who want to know about young White House residents will have a good-enough start here. (Informational early reader. 4-8)"
Capitalizing on the interest in the Obama girls, Step into Reading has reissued an updated version of their familiar First Kids (2004) with Malia and Sasha on the cover. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHISPER IN THE DARK by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Final art not seen. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Fourteen year-old Maddy, who is half Narragansett Indian, is still dealing with the deaths of her parents in an accident that damaged her left arm when she begins to suspect she is being stalked by a monster from tribal folklore. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO’S SAYING WHAT IN JAMESTOWN, THOMAS SAVAGE? by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"Though Comport's low-angle illustrations have a distractingly flat, over-painted look, and the closing bibliography is composed of adult sources and hard-to-find journal articles, the narrative here is easily vivid enough to compensate. (Fictionalized nonfiction. 8-11)"
Commemorating the 400th anniversary of Jamestown's founding, Fritz's latest venture into America's past sketches the career of a teenaged cabin boy who joined the beleaguered colony at the beginning of 1608. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT WINGS by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"An off-kilter effort from the author of Bearwalker (2007), Skeleton Man (2001) and other more effective terror tales. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Bruchac's not at his best in this weak, predictable tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"In this first-person narrative, as recorded by Edwards, Reubin is a companionable guide, and the inviting format, lively prose, and dramatic illustrations make this one of the better offerings for the bicentennial of the grand event. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Reubin Field and his brother Joseph were two of the "nine young men from Kentucky" who joined the famous Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RETURN OF SKELETON MAN by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The addition of Central-American mythology might add a little interest, but it's likely even fans of the first will be left wondering why Skeleton Man bothered to return. (Fiction. 9-14)"
It's been one year since seventh-grader Molly Brant rescued her parents and escaped from a tall, skeletal man posing as her great uncle. Read full book review >