Search Results: "Sharon E. McKay"


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PRISON BOY by Sharon E. McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 15, 2015

"Another gut-wrenching tale from McKay (War Brothers, 2014, etc.) focusing on children victimized by war and poverty. (Fiction. 12-14)"
What chances have abandoned children to survive the hazards of life on the mean streets of an unnamed developing country riven by civil war? Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE LINE by Sharon E. McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"This is a solid addition to one of the most uneven collections of literature for children: Holocaust-related historical fiction. (foreword, afterword) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Two kindhearted, confirmed-bachelor brothers take in an endangered little Jewish girl during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. Read full book review >

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WAR BROTHERS by Sharon E. McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 1, 2014

"This gripping story will have readers questioning humanity in the midst of evil and death. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
"My story is not an easy one to tell, and it is not an easy one to read." Read full book review >

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WAR BROTHERS by Sharon E. McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2013

"Powerful storytelling based on documented experiences; despite being set in 2002, it's as relevant as ever since the LRA is still all-too-active. (afterword) (Graphic historical fiction. 12-15)"
A graphic format adds heart-rending images to McKay's violent 2008 tale of children kidnapped and forced to become soldiers in Uganda. Read full book review >

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ENEMY TERRITORY by Sharon E. McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Slim but powerful. (map, notes, postscript) (Adventure. 10 & up)"
Two boys who have been taught to hate each other are thrown together in a Jerusalem hospital. Read full book review >

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THUNDER OVER KANDAHAR by Sharon E. McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Readers will be caught up—though it's so misanthropic that many will wonder how anyone, especially women, could tolerate living in that country. (glossary, timeline) (Fiction. 11-13)"
This suspenseful tale of two young women on their own in modern Afghanistan makes riveting reading. Read full book review >

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PRECIOUS GOLD, PRECIOUS JADE by Sharon E. Heisel
ADVENTURE
Released: April 15, 2000

"Although somewhat formulaic and slow in spots, Heisel's colorfully written story, textured with exuberant, punchy dialogue, will give face to a little known aspect of the gold rush. (author's note) (Historical Fiction. 10-12)"
Prejudice leads to tragedy in Heisel's (Eyes of a Stranger, 1996) preachy, but perceptive, cross-cultural tale about a friendship between two girls, one a white Christian, the other a non-Christian Chinese in a rough and tumble mining community. Read full book review >

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EYES OF A STRANGER by Sharon E. Heisel
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1996

"Heisel's first YA novel is a little pulpy, occasionally purple, and sometimes predictable, but it combines swift plotting and some especially horrible scenes to provide breathless entertainment to the end. (Fiction. 14+)"
For Marissa, the ticket booth at her uncle's carousel is the only place where she can forget her crippled leg and the subsequent taunts and jeers of her classmates and strangers. Read full book review >

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WRAPPED IN A RIDDLE by Sharon E. Heisel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Readers will enjoy the riddles throughout; they may also find themselves suddenly interested in reading Mark Twain. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A jim-dandy of a mystery. Read full book review >

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Shelly's World! Goes to Japan by Sharon E. Gatlin
Released: March 7, 2013

"An amusing educational story to help kids see the Land of the Rising Sun."
An imaginative fourth-grader dreams of flying a plane to Japan with her family, while the family dog has his own secret adventures abroad. Read full book review >

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VILLAIN KEEPER by Laurie McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising new series gets off to a shaky start; here's hoping subsequent volumes smooth out the ride. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Determined to gain both his father's approval and the title of Elite Paladin, 12-year-old Prince Caden embarks on a quest to slay a dragon—and ends up in a different and very strange universe. Read full book review >

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INDIGO’S STAR by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Readers submerged in the happy din of the family's conversations will wish they could be adopted by the Cassons. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It might be eight-year-old Rose who steals readers' hearts in McKay's delightful companion to Saffy's Angel (2003). Read full book review >