Search Results: "Shadra Strickland"


BOOK REVIEW

BIRD by Zetta Elliott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"With unusual depth and raw conviction, Elliott's child-centered narrative excels in this debut. (Picture book. 8-12)"
Nicknamed Bird at birth, Mehkai idolizes his older brother Marcus. 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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A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN by Renée Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 22, 2010

"The characters are fictional, but the impact of the hurricane on people's lives is real as conveyed through these children's eyes. (Picture book. 7-10)"
"We're from New Orleans, a place where hurricanes happen." Read full book review >

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LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A song of love vs. a cacophony of hate—all in a beautiful model of bookmaking. (timeline, bibliography, credits and sources) (Historical verse fiction. 11-18)"
A powerful and riveting account of an American couple in love when that love was ruled illegal in many American states. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Young readers will respond to the voice as well as the predicament, while grown-ups will appreciate the values. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sweet, sassy and mystical, this novel deftly melds an old-fashioned story of princess preparation with the modern twist of body image and self-esteem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLEASE, LOUISE by Toni Morrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"An ode to reading that raises too many concerns. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl sets out on a solitary walk to a surprise destination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE WATER by Michael S. Bandy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Michael's examination of the myths that rule his world should inspire modern readers to do the same. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Young Michael's desire for refreshment at the whites-only water fountain teaches him about truth and the power of imagination. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRIMOIRE by Brad Strickland
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Good start. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Set around—or, rather, within—the pages of a powerful collection of spells, this suspenseful series opener traps the untrained scion of a magical family in a dismal alternate London, where numerous dangers await. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There are enough well-placed frissons to keep readers flipping those pages, even those who know that, in keeping with series formula, all nefarious plans will be nixed. (Fiction. 10+)"
At first, Johnny's most serious problems are right out of the textbook for the budding adolescent: How will he survive the summer without his friend Fergie (he makes a new sandlot pal, Sarah Channing), and what will rescue him from boredom (a job Professor Childermass finds him at the town's Gudge Museum). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WORDLESS by Adrianne Strickland
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 8, 2014

"Sure, it's the start of a trilogy about a foundling who is a destined savior with a prickly love interest from the other side of the tracks—but with a nonetheless intriguing, original science-fantasy setting sure to attract fans. (Science fiction. 14-17)"
An illiterate garbage man is also the 17-year-old hero who'll save the Earth from megalomaniac overlords. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN POINTS by Bill Strickland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2007

"Uncomfortable, but ultimately satisfying."
A promise to his daughter impels the author to revisit his horrific childhood. Read full book review >