Search Results: "Shelley Ann Jackson"


BOOK REVIEW

JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

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THE OLD WOMAN AND THE WAVE by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Artful collage paintings, with snippets of maps to conjure terrae incognitae, allow the text to achieve its oblique promise of transcendence in the sudden, severe breach of routine. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this story of deliverance from Jackson, a curmudgeonly old woman discovers her liquid neighbor has greater things on its mind than raindrops and the occasional proffered fish. Read full book review >

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MIMI’S DADA CATIFESTO by Shelley Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"Completely spectacular. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
This engaging picture book delivers a pleasurable story, dazzling artwork and a fascinating introduction to Dadaism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UPON SECRECY by Selene Castrovilla
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Young readers will find a clearer, more readable account of the Culper network in Thomas B. Allen's George Washington, Spymaster (2004). (Picture book. 8-10)"
"George Washington needed spies." Read full book review >

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SOPHIA, THE ALCHEMIST’S DOG by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Truly magical. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Sophia's master is alchemist to the King, who gives him a yearly allowance to turn lead into gold, something the little brown dog's master has yet to accomplish. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEING SHELLEY by Ann Wroe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"Hallucinatory and quite mad (Shelley would approve): helpful in deciphering his work but hardly his life."
From Economist editor and biographer Wroe (The Perfect Prince, 2003, etc.), a dreamy, decidedly unorthodox biography of the Romantic poet. Read full book review >

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MARY SHELLEY by Miranda Seymour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An evocative, empathetic treatment of what was, in all senses of the word, a difficult life."
A new biography of the author of Frankenstein that aims to comprehend her character rather than assess or advance her literary standing. Read full book review >

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MARY ANN by Betsy James
by Betsy James, illustrated by Betsy James
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A note offers sensible advice on keeping a mantis. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When her best friend moves away, Amy feels bereft: ``I wish there were hundreds and hundreds of Mary Anns,'' she tells Daddy, imagining that it wouldn't matter, then, if one moved away. Read full book review >

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MARY SHELLEY by John Williams
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2000

Most readers know Mary as Percy Shelley's wife and the author of Frankenstein, but many critics feel her writing deserves more attention. British scholar Williams (Romantic Poetry and Revolutionary Politics, 1989) aims to tell her story and evaluate her position in the 19th-century literary canon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KATE SHELLEY by Robert D. San Souci
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A fine alternative to Margaret Wetterer's stiffer, simpler (but no less dramatic) Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express (1990). (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-11)"
The gripping, true story of a 15-year-old Iowan who ventured out into a wild storm to give warning of a wrecked railroad bridge. Read full book review >

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SALLY ANN THUNDER ANN WHIRLWIND CROCKETT by Steven Kellogg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The straight-faced recounting of these far-fetched adventures is paced perfectly for a read-aloud; readers will yearn for Kellogg (who includes a careful source note) to hatch still more eggs from his storytelling basket. (Picture book/folklore. 6-10)"
A perennial favorite follows Kellogg's other tall tales (Mike Fink, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >