Search Results: "Shelley Pearsall"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Luminescent, just like the artwork it celebrates. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Traumatized by his father's recent death, a boy throws a brick at an old man who collects junk in his neighborhood and winds up on probation working for him. Read full book review >

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JUMP INTO THE SKY by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"The dawdling pace and obvious, militaristic similes combine to undercut its top-notch research and compelling premise for a disappointing conclusion. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
The tone is as welcoming as warm honey over corn bread. Ah, if only a coming-of-age novel could live by bread alone. Read full book review >

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ALL OF THE ABOVE by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Smart and fast-paced, this story inspires as well as entertains. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cynical inner-city seventh graders are challenged by an odd idea from a math teacher. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE DON’T LAST by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"This succeeds as a suspenseful historical adventure with survival at stake and makes clear that to succeed Harrison and Samuel, as well as others, must never give up even while combating manhunters, bloodhounds, mental illness, disease, hunger, cold, and their own despair. (Fiction. 11-14)"
At fellow slave Harrison's insistence, young Samuel is catapulted into an escape attempt from a Kentucky plantation that has been his whole world. Read full book review >

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CROOKED RIVER by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"As Reb tries to sustain a life, Pearsall brings a snapshot of history to life. (bibliography) (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
Humanity and justice don't always join hands as 13-year-old Rebecca Carver painfully discovers; especially when it's 1812 in a small frontier settlement and a young Chippewa Indian is being held captive for the crime of murdering a white trapper. Read full book review >

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ALL SHOOK UP by Shelley Pearsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2008

"Boys especially will identify with Josh's struggle to escape the stigma of an embarrassing parent. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Since his parents split when he was five, 13-year-old Josh Greenwood is accustomed to dividing his time between Boston with his orderly mother and Chicago vacations with his forgetful, shoe-salesman father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1998

"Lots of scientific jargon—there's even a glossary of technical terms—to dress up a familiar New Age message about getting in touch with oneself and becoming one with the cosmos. ($75,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild alternate selection; author tour)"
Pearsall, the prolific guru of self-help advice combining scientific theories with New Age spiritualism (Sexual Healing, 1994; Ten Laws of Lasting Love, 1993; etc.), finds evidence in the experiences of heart transplant recipients to support his claim that the heart thinks and the cells remember. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"A clear case of overkill."
Another miraculous prescription for mental and physical health, this time with sex as the cure-all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

"Though laden with pseudoscientific jargon and a dash of egomania, Pearsall's latest missive may provide inspiration and insight to many troubled people who seek meaning—and miracles—in their lives."
A somewhat self-aggrandizing prescription for finding secular salvation within crucifying life experiences. Read full book review >

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TEN LAWS OF LASTING LOVE by Paul Pearsall
Released: May 6, 1993

"Pretty standard self-help, dressed up in the language of nuclear physics but with New Age jargon peeping through."
How to achieve the blessed state of ``High Monogamy'' by following principles allegedly derived from quantum physics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SENSES AT THE SEASHORE by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"To every sense, there is a provocation at Rotner's seashore. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Say what you will about the seashore, it is a stimulating place, a sensual extravaganza. Read full book review >

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THE BACHELOR AND THE BEAN by Shelley Fowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2003

"A much-used theme with a clever twist that will bring smiles during each reading. (Picture book/folktale. 4-10)"
Fowles illustrates her first picture book, a magic-pot variant, with luminous watercolors that simply glow on the page like stained glass. Read full book review >