Search Results: "Samantha Seiple"


BOOK REVIEW

LINCOLN'S SPYMASTER by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The absorbing subject matter will carry readers past design hiccups. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A Scottish immigrant who came to America on the run from the law established the agency that stopped an early plot against Abraham Lincoln and became the best known detective of his era. Read full book review >

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GHOSTS IN THE FOG by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An enlightening account full of compelling stories of survival and perseverance. Pair this with Karen Hesse's fictional account, Aleutian Sparrow (2003). (sources, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A little-known story from World War II shows the unique role played by a small group of military personal and native civilians in a remote region of the county. Read full book review >

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BYRD & IGLOO by Samantha Seiple
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Man and dog versus nature is a good read, but this one needs better navigation. (index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Framing an explorer's expeditions from the viewpoint of a sidekick pet can engage readers, so long as the animal is not overly humanized. Read full book review >

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DEATH ON THE RIVER OF DOUBT by Samantha Seiple
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A stirring, suspenseful true story of dangerous adventure and remarkable survival. (photos, 'Teddy's Travel Tips,' timeline, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
In this true, thrilling adventure story, 55-year-old former president Theodore Roosevelt joins an expedition to explore an uncharted river deep in the Amazon jungle and barely makes it out alive. Read full book review >

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THE ITSY BITSY SPIDER AND FRIENDS by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2015

"Any small irritations will not bother the intended audience—very young children who need a sturdy collection of nursery rhymes that can be handled and read again and again. (Board book. 2-4)"
A first introduction to some of the best-known nursery rhymes, some shortened to fit the format. Read full book review >

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THE KING OF AMERICA by Samantha Gillison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"Brooding, lyrical, and thoughtful, though the narrative, like Stephen himself, seems slightly distanced from the events it describes so eloquently."
The author of The Undiscovered Country (1998) delicately portrays an alienated scion of America's wealthiest family searching for spiritual solace in the earth's wildest places. Read full book review >

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A SKY FULL OF STARS by Samantha Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2017

"A sweet romance that takes its time to court the reader: classic, thoughtful, and sometimes as lyrical as the stars."
An artist and an astronomer are brought together through admiration of the night sky's beauty. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE A FRENCH FAMILY by Samantha Vérant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"Those looking for a breezy read about a transplanted American in France may be satisfied, but the book dwells more on Vérant's personal life than on observations of the world around her."
A determinedly positive memoir about starting life over as mother to a family in southwestern France. Read full book review >

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NO MORE BOWS by Samantha Cotterill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An enjoyable, repeatable read-aloud with memorable art that will have readers hoping for another outing with Hugo. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog resists playing dress-up with his little girl. Read full book review >