Search Results: "Scott Swartzwelder"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2013

"Valuable as encouragement for caregivers to empathize with the turbulent years, but remains uneven and not far-reaching enough as an amalgam of science and parenting advice."
Health scientist administrator White and Swartzwelder (Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience/Duke Univ.; co-author, Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy, 1998) propose that behavioral changes in teenagers are not only hormonal, but due to significant changes in brain wiring and that risk-taking acts during the teen years are essential for achieving independence as well as mastering practical, social and emotional adult skills. Read full book review >

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by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY WHO CRIED BIGFOOT! by Scott Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Entertaining and clever—and that's no lie. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Some boys cry wolf, but to the admiration of one individual, Ben cries Bigfoot. Read full book review >

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HARRY GOES TO DOG SCHOOL by Scott Menchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"An amusing turnabout that is sure to have readers in stitches…as long as they are not chasing their own tails instead. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Menchin introduces readers to a boy who has taken pretending to be a dog to new levels. Read full book review >

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THE HIGH-SKIES ADVENTURES OF BLUE JAY THE PIRATE by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"An imaginative premise, fledged in showy if sometimes overdecorated finery. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
A corvid catastrophe threatens swashbuckling Blue Jay and his mixed avian crew after a treetop shipwreck leaves them to the tender mercies of a murder of crows. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC PICKLE AND THE PLANET OF THE GRAPES by Scott Morse
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers will be smirkin' at the exploits of this gherkin. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
When the whole planet's in a dilly of a dilemma, who ya gonna call? Read full book review >

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HUGO AND MILES IN I’VE PAINTED EVERYTHING! by Scott Magoon
ANIMALS
Released: April 23, 2007

"Though he tried for a fresh vision, the story is predictable, and the blocky pencil and digitally colored illustrations have a forced hipster vibe. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hugo is deep in an "elephunk" because he's already "painted everything!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EDDIE by Scott Gustafson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"An inventive if not quite convincing introduction to the master of the macabre. (Historical mystery. 8-12)"
Accused of having stuffed a cat and a rooster into his pillowcase and hung it on a neighbor's weathervane, young Eddie Poe has only 24 hours to find the actual culprit before being thrashed by his adoptive father. Read full book review >

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MAGIC PICKLE by Scott Morse
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Diverting and dill-ectable. (Graphic novel. 8-10)"
Different plot, different format, same cast: Running in parallel to published chapter-book episodes such as Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes (2007), this scenario-setter introduces the bulked-up cuke superhero. Read full book review >

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ARTICHOKE BOY by Scott Mickelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Artichoke Boy's joy in artichokes seems more a clinical issue than it is a bit of tomfool fun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mickelson takes a bold stab at trying to make the artichoke an object of amusement, but as vegetables go, the spiny globe is more strange than humorous. Read full book review >

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TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR by Steve Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1998

"Children will chant and gesture along with this uncomplicated bedtime rhyme. (Board book. 2-3)"
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear ($9.95; Jun. 30; 24 pp.; 0-694-01162-2): This Growing Tree entry has an easy, familiar verse, and Scott makes sure that even the youngest toddler will be able to follow the actions of a boy and his teddy bear as they touch, dance, point, jump, bow, run, and prepare for bed. Read full book review >

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SHRUNKEN TREASURES by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Children won't get the jokes; adult readers won't laugh at them. (closing notes) (Satire. 10-12, adult)"
With his "Versizer," a literary shrink ray, Nash condenses works of Homer, Shakespeare, Proust, and six other classic authors into illustrated light verse. Read full book review >