Search Results: "Sheila Hirtle"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A thoughtful history of, and popular guide to, the great African desert. (Maps, photos throughout)"
A fully versed and admiring portrait of the Sahara, by travel-writer de Villiers (Water, 2000, etc.) and Hirtle (with de Villiers, Into Africa, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Another finely etched portrait of a strange, romantic place from this accomplished duo. (15 b&w photographs, 3 maps, not seen)"
The longtime Canadian collaborators (Sahara, 2002, etc.) outline the natural and chronological history of a 30-mile crescent of peach-colored sand that still eats an occasional ship for supper. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Fascinatingly recondite, but also fairly deadening: scarcely useable or even readable for most pleasure travelers."
De Villiers and Hirtle (Sable Island: The Strange Origins and Curious History of a Dune Adrift in the Atlantic, 2004, etc.) team up again to tackle the long, knotty history of a metropolis famed as the home of fabulous wealth and Islamic scholarship. Read full book review >

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ABCD by Sheila Moxley
ABC BOOKS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Children just peering over the edge of literacy may chuckle, but there are many other simple alphabets—Flora McDonnell's ABC (1994), to name one—that will leave a more lasting impression. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"Aa. Arnold is an amazing aviator. Read full book review >

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PEACE CRANE by Sheila Hamanaka
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"They may question Hamanaka's statement that Sadako folded a thousand paper cranes; as the story goes, Sadako died before she was done, and other childrenin tributecompleted her work. (Picture book. 8+)"
The African-American narrator of this apostrophic verse has heard the story of Sadako's thousand paper cranes; the crane, traditional Japanese symbol of longevity, represents her hopes for peace, both in her violent urban milieu and the world. Read full book review >

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SPARROW ROAD by Sheila O'Connor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Readers finding themselves in this quiet world will find plenty of space to imagine and dream for themselves. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The mystery of why her mother suddenly took a job at a summer artists' refuge far from home is solved when 12-year-old Raine meets Gray James, the father she never knew. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2006

"Sweet and fun and remarkably timely given the current spate of faux memoirs. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The assignment on the chalkboard is to write about the most interesting person in your family, but what if you are the most interesting person? Read full book review >

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MY FABULOUS NEW LIFE by Sheila Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Lively characters, even precocious ones, can't make up for the false steps in this disappointing offering. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The summer before sixth grade, Alison is experiencing first- degree culture shock. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"With contemporary black-and-white photographs. (index) (Biography. 12-15)"
This well-constructed if somewhat overwritten collective biography profiles eight Jewish women of this century. Read full book review >

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ROSY COLE by Sheila Greenwald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A good time from Greenwald (My Fabulous New Life, 1993, etc.) and a painless lesson in the true meaning of beauty. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Witty, engaging Rosy Cole has discovered real beauty in her new friend, Christi McCurry. Read full book review >