Search Results: "Shelagh Armstrong"


BOOK REVIEW

ARMSTRONG by Torben Kuhlmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"'One Small Step for a Mouse' indeed. (Illustrated fiction. 8-11)"
A furry genius with eyes on the skies goes where no one has gone before. Read full book review >

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ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE by Steven B. Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Unforgettable, well-drawn titular characters are the heart of this deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny story about family, friendship, integrity, and navigating differences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two sixth-grade boys from different worlds are brought together by school desegregation in 1970s Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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NEIL ARMSTRONG by Jay Barbree
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"A wholly admiring assessment of Armstrong the aviator and Armstrong the man."
A longtime NBC News space correspondent looks back on the aviation career of the first man to set foot on the moon. Read full book review >

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A NARROW ESCAPE by Jessica Scott Kerrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A tough but realistic view of the inner workings of a rather nasty boy. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Norris is a boy kids love to hate—with good reason. Read full book review >

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IF AMERICA WERE A VILLAGE by David J.  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The premise isn't new, but it's never been used to better effect for deepening the understanding that children have about the 306 million (and counting) other people with whom they share this land. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Smith and Armstrong follow up If the World Were a Village (2002) with a similarly eye-opening portrait of the United States as a "village" of 100 people (roughly one per 3,000,000). Read full book review >

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SPIT FEATHERS  by Jessica Scott Kerrin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This concluding volume in an interesting concept series is strengthened by colorful characters. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Norris' obnoxious, bullying behavior makes Ferguson just want to "spit feathers" in this conclusion to the Lobster Chronicles trilogy. Read full book review >

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Louis Armstrong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"This collection transcends jazz and conventional grammar, revealing the humor and spirit of a legendary entertainer. (29 halftones)"
These writings from jazz great Louis Armstrong swing with the same warmth, rhythms, and inventive phrasing that made his music so popular. Read full book review >

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1997

"The presence of Armstrong's unique voice turns what might have otherwise been a routine biography into a grand success. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This look at the life of one of this century's great personalities eschews meticulousness in its musical analysis in favor of a complete look at the man himself. Read full book review >

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THE ARMSTRONG TRILOGY by Roy Heath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 1994

"The result is harrowing in its simplicity and cumulative force."
A spare, bleak saga of two generations in the life of a Guyanese family struggling for respectability but unable to snatch any but the most fleeting moments of happiness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Also real is the fact that Tammy's tenacity is never fully appreciated, even as she softens her principles and becomes slightly more understanding than seemed possible in the beginning. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the summer of 1969, when astronauts land on the moon, and Tamara Ann Simpson is not having a good time. Read full book review >

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SAINT LOUIS ARMSTRONG BEACH by Brenda Woods
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A small gem that sparkles with hope, resilience and the Crescent City's unique, jazz-infused spirit. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
This gripping addition to the growing body of fiction portraying Katrina's profound effect on children and families pits an 11-year-old boy, a neighborhood dog and an elderly woman against the hurricane and subsequent devastating flood. Read full book review >

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG, MASTER OF MODERNISM by Thomas Brothers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A masterful performance that displays the author's vast archival research, musical knowledge, familiarity with cultural history and profound sensitivity to America's vile racial history."
The author of Louis Armstrong's New Orleans (2006) continues his stellar account of the great trumpeter's life (1901-1971), focusing on the 1920s and '30s. Read full book review >