Search Results: "Shawn Decker"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Stoked by the author's boundless, good-natured charm, his story pops with an effervescent sense of humor that never falters."
Think you've got it rough? Hemophiliac Decker contracted hepatitis B at four, was given an HIV-positive diagnosis at 11—and he can still crack a smile. Read full book review >

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RUN FAR, RUN FAST by Timothy Decker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A gripping episode, though the plot comes to such an abrupt end that it reads like the opening chapter of a longer work. (Graphic fiction. 10-12)"
"Every year was the same until her tenth summer. The Pestilence entered the girl's world like a tide." Read full book review >

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FOR LIBERTY by Timothy Decker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"By March 5, 1770, it was dangerous to be a soldier in Boston." Read full book review >

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THE LETTER HOME by Timothy Decker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"This elegant work powerfully conveys the slow crawl of war from a soldier and father's perspective. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Though this quiet tale of war is set in 1918 Europe, the story itself could reflect any modern war. Read full book review >

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THE PUNK ETHIC by Timothy Decker
Released: May 1, 2012

"Funny and unusually freeform, but then, maybe rigid narrative structure is for losers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A month in the life of a blunt, cynical punk-rock guitarist. Read full book review >

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PYONGYANG'S RECRUIT by Lyman Decker
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"Decker's first effort is an easy read with a twist ending, but it lacks bite."
When FBI counterintelligence specialist Lane McCormick is awakened in the middle of the night and summoned to investigate the suicide of a CIA agent, he finds himself caught in a maelstrom of espionage, alcoholism and sex. Read full book review >

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BECAUSE I STUBBED MY TOE by Shawn Byous
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"An eye-tickling, cacophonous vocabulary builder. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Byous explores the domino theory—and they all fall down—to comic effect. Read full book review >

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WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORWOOD by Shawn Sheehy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2015

"An auspicious debut, imparting a worthy message in playful language and harmonious, sophisticated paper design. (Informational pop-up book. 6-9)"
Seven big, multileveled pop-up versions of animal-built homes or other structures highlight nature's interconnectedness. Read full book review >

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THE BLOCK MESS MONSTER by Betsy Howie
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"The little girl's priceless quips will have both parents and children in stitches, and the solution just might work with other children who are loath to clean up. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Calpurnia narrates her tale of woe in this debut, chronicling her battle against the Block Mess Monster. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN KNEES by Shawn Wong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 1995

"Sadly, the reader has no such blinders on. (An excerpt appeared in the anthology Charlie Chan is Dead, 1993.) (Author tour)"
Seattle poet/essayist Wong's second novel (after Homebase, 1991, not reviewed): a satirical exploration of ethnic-American love whose characters' addiction to sociological rhetoric gets in their (and their readers') way. Read full book review >

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DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH by Shawn Colvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2012

"Ultimately, there's too much 'Of Meds and Men' and too little of the music that made Colvin popular."
A chatty, but only occasionally enlightening, life story from the confessional singer-songwriter. Read full book review >