Search Results: "Scott Dawson"


BOOK REVIEW

I SURVIVED THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Sentimental of plotline but informative and breathlessly paced. (Q&A, annotated reading list) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
The seventh (chronologically earliest) entry in the series pitches a young former slave into the middle of the Civil War's pivotal battle. Read full book review >

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I SURVIVED HURRICANE KATRINA, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Following the main text are 'After the Storm: Questions about Katrina' and 'Facts about Hurricane Katrina,' both ideal for setting young readers who have been enthralled by Barry's story on a path to discovering more about the true story of Katrina and its aftermath. (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Tarshis (I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, 2010, etc.) again transforms a historical event into a fast-paced adventure story appropriate for lower elementary students. Read full book review >

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THE ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Though not yet born in 2001, the intended audience will come away feeling more connected to the tragedy and aware of its historical significance. (afterword, timeline) (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
A terrified 11-year-old gets an "extremely loud and incredibly close" view of the World Trade Center attacks in this disaster series' latest entry. Read full book review >

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I SURVIVED #1 by Lauren Tarshis
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"The plot involves too many convenient coincidences, but the fast pace and intrinsically fascinating disaster story will keep readers turning the pages to the unexpectedly sentimental ending. (author's note, additional facts) (Historical fiction. 7-10)"
Returning from England with his aunt and little sister, ten-year-old George Calder explores the Titanic and revels in the luxury of their first-class suite—until the night the ship hits an iceberg and his explorations and determination save their lives. Read full book review >

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BODY OF KNOWLEDGE by Carol Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Once again, Dawson proves herself an astonishingly accomplished novelist very early in her career. (Author tour)"
Dawson (The Waking Spell, 1992) masterfully incorporates her central Texas characters into a magical, multigenerational, utterly mesmerizing struggle between good and evil. Read full book review >

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THE WAKING SPELL by Carol Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A nearly perfect first novel—courageous, revelatory, and, in the end, deeply moving."
First fiction that explores the simmering rage passed through four generations of emotionally stunted southern ``ladies''—an unusually confident and original debut that unveils the spiritual anesthetization behind the gracious feminine smile. Read full book review >

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THE WOLF-BIRDS by Willow Dawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An interesting, contemplative addition to the nature shelf. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A pair of hungry ravens helps wolves hunt during the winter starving time. Read full book review >

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FREDDIE & ME by Mike Dawson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Dull and uninspiring—could definitely use some of Freddie Mercury's camp to liven things up."
Graphic memoir by a British lad who grew up obsessed by Queen and never grew out of it. Read full book review >

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THE TEAM by Dawson Perkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Moving, funny, and warm: executive-level African-American chick lit in which love helps put the past to rest."
Perkins debuts with an engaging romance about buppies slowly confronting and ultimately healing the scars of a violent, sexually irresponsible past. Read full book review >

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WATER SIGNS by Janet Dawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2017

"The amiable heroine (Cold Trail, 2015, etc.) is easy to like, but Dawson hasn't given her much of a mystery this time, and the minutely detailed look at Oakland, which considerably slows the story's pace, is most likely to interest house hunters."
An Oakland PI works to discover whether a former fellow worker's death was accident or murder. Read full book review >