Search Results: "Sharon Creech"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOY ON THE PORCH by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A graceful, profound story for all ages that speaks well beyond its intended audience. (Fiction. 8 & up)"
In a book world crowded with overwrought shock-fluff stories, this quiet novel sings. Read full book review >

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THE UNFINISHED ANGEL by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Brimful of grace and cheer; moving, funny and sweet—and begging to be read aloud. (Fiction. 8-11)"
A small village in Switzerland's Italian-speaking region of Ticino provides the perfect background for this endearing contemporary fable, told in 44 brief, often comical chapters. Read full book review >

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REPLAY by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

"By the end, Leo knows life can't be scripted, that he wouldn't want it to be, that 'dorky, little nobody kids' (not that he is one) can become 'amazing grown-ups' and that improvisation is key. (complete script of the school play) (Fiction. 8-12)"
One of four children in a large, chaotic Italian-American family, 12-year-old Leo is nicknamed "sardine" because he once said he felt squished like one, and occasionally "fog boy" because he slips into thoughtful trances where he "replays" life's disappointing scenarios. Read full book review >

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HEARTBEAT by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Still, Annie leaves an impression of a cherished, familiar friend. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Creech's brief, light, gracefully constructed portrait of Annie, who loves running and who never seems to miss a step, is readable and appealing in poetry form. Read full book review >

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CHASING REDBIRD by Sharon Creech
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1997

"A bundle of contradictions, Zinny is at her prickly, individualistic best when fending off the overtures of 16-year-old Jake Boone, whom she (mistakenly) suspects of using her to get to her older sister. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A teenager lost in the maelstrom of her large Virginia- mountain family devises a personal walkabout when she takes on the project of single-handedly rehabilitating a 20-mile-long wilderness trail. Read full book review >

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HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Teachers will welcome both Jack's poems and Creech's embedded writing lessons. (appendix, bibliography) (Fiction/poetry. 9-12)"
Newbery Medalist Creech continues the story of budding poet Jack in this sequel that, as is often the case with sequels, never quite captures the magic of the initial volume, 2001's Love That Dog. Read full book review >

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RUBY HOLLER by Sharon Creech
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2002

"Still: an altogether engaging outing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The trouble twins, Dallas and Florida, are given the opportunity to take a three-month vacation from the horrible orphanage that has been home. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Tightly written, nary a word out of place, by turns sarcastic, tender, and irreverent, this a real piece of comedy about contemporary teen life from one funny writer. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Creech's first children's novel, published in England but never before in the US, will quickly make its way into the hands of readers who loved Walk Two Moons (1994). Read full book review >

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WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1994

"Still, its revelations make a fine yarn. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
During the six days it takes Sal's paternal grandparents to drive her west to Idaho in time for her mother's birthday, she tells them about her friend Phoebe—a story that, the 13-year-old comes to realize, in many ways parallels her own: Each girl had a mother who left home without warning. Read full book review >

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BLOOMABILITY by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

"Metaphors mixed in several languages, dream images of snow and distance, and the bittersweet terrors of adolescence will keep readers turning the pages and regretful to reach the last one. (Fiction. 9-14)"
Creech (Chasing Redbird, 1997, etc.) plies the threads of love and loss, separation and belonging, into another deeply felt novel; while it is no sin for a writer to repeatedly explore such themes, a certain sameness is descending upon her books. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT UNEXPECTED by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"An enchanting tale to treasure in which ordinary folk find fairies' gold, run across crooked bridges and mend their broken hearts. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Finn falls out of a tree and into the life of Naomi, he brings more than a touch of Ireland's magic. Read full book review >

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LOVE THAT DOG by Sharon Creech
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"This really special triumph is bound to be widely discussed by teachers and writers, and widely esteemed by Creech's devoted readers. (Fiction/poetry. 9-13)"
Versatile Newbery Medalist Creech (A Fine, Fine School, p. 862, etc.) continues to explore new writing paths with her latest, written as free verse from the viewpoint of a middle-school boy named Jack. Read full book review >