Search Results: "Shana Mlawski"


BOOK REVIEW

HAMMER OF WITCHES by Shana  Mlawski
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Though set in the 1490s, this provocative blend of fantasy and history offers loads of contemporary appeal. (Historical fantasy. 11-15)"
An engaging, magical adventure set against the historical backdrop of Columbus' westward voyage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"As popular natural histories go, Alexander's is a yeoman's work, with enough telling details to give the elephant a justly unique, mesmeric image. (16-page photo insert, not seen)"
An entertaining albeit at times overengrossed portrait—cultural, physiological, historical—of the elephant. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT by Shana Norris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"If one can get past that unlikely scenario, this is amusing and Libby is a character to whom younger girls may relate. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Libby Fawcett has a few issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Welcome homage to the founding mothers of the new Poland."
A scholarly account of the work of hitherto-unacknowledged women in the labor and civil rights movement that eventually unseated Communism in Poland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"All in all, an unusual book that should do much to illuminate the legends of an important ancient culture. (Folklore/Picture book. 7-10)"
An ancient Aztec creation myth, explaining the origin of the sun, retold and illustrated for a grade-school audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LAUGH WITH THE MOON by Shana Burg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2012

"Ultimately, Burg's lyrical prose will make readers think about the common ground among peoples, despite inevitable disparities. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Melding the colors of heartache and loss with painterly strokes, Burg creates a vivid work of art about a girl grieving for her recently deceased mother against a Third World backdrop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A THOUSAND NEVER EVERS by Shana Burg
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2008

"Addie Ann's story will help young readers realize that 'You're never too young to speak up for justice and lead by your own example.' (author's note, afterword, chronology) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Until now—1963—in Kuckachoo, Miss., Addie Ann Pickett never thought much about how unfair things are. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE AND LET SPY by Shana Galen
ROMANCE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The fun, ebullient spy-driven plot is gratifyingly over-the-top in a Bond-movie way, while the romantic arc remains authentic and affecting."
Despite her success as a spy, Jane Bonde is still beholden to strict social mores, so when her spymaster uncle pressures her to marry enigmatic Dominic Griffyn, she's totally conflicted. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTER PARADE by Shana Corey
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 28, 2009

"A happy change of pace for beginning readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Simple rhymes celebrate Halloween in solid, easy-to-read fashion: "Monsters munching, / monsters crunching, / monsters chomping, / monsters stomping!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYERS IN PIGTAILS by Shana Corey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

This upbeat but uneven book draws from the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and the famous song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Horus has the real fears of any entering first grader, and this story will be popular with kindergarten and first-grade teachers and students, who will be waiting for Episode 2. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Horus wears jeans, a striped shirt, and a backpack like any other first grader, but he travels to school in a flying cup (flying saucers are so last century), because his school is on Mars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TICKTOCK BANNEKER'S CLOCK by Shana Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Of greater use in STEM units than in American history studies. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
An African-American inventor of the 18th-century designs and builds a new-style clock. Read full book review >