Search Results: "Shelley Sommer"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"The result is a multilayered portrait of a man who was content being remembered as a great Jewish ballplayer. (source notes, bibliography, resources) (Biography. 10-14)"
Hank Greenberg was an anomaly who challenged the stereotypes of his era. Read full book review >

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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 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 >

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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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GO AWAY, SHELLEY BOO! by Phoebe Stone
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Children will still identify with Emily's anxiety about a new neighbor and share her relief when she finally does meet the infamous 'Shelley Boo,' who is really named Elizabeth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Emily Louise is certain that the new girl moving in next door will be simply awful. Read full book review >

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HANG ON IN THERE, SHELLEY by Kate Saksena
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2003

"Saksena offers hope that things will get better and portrays the ups and downs of living with an alcoholic, but in the whole, this is simply unrealistic. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Ostensibly about Shelley's trying to deal with school bullies and a mother with a drinking problem, this epistolary novel consists of Shelley's letters to rock star Ziggy and his postcards in return. Read full book review >

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NIEN CHENG by Robin Langley Sommer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Bibliography (general works, plus Cheng's book); index. (Biography. 9-14)"
In ``The Library of Famous Women,'' the experiences of a wealthy Chinese woman, imprisoned (1966-73) during the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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A 52-HERTZ WHALE by Bill Sommer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This briefest of novels might have been more satisfying as a robust short story. (Epistolary novel. 12-15)"
An open-ended meditation on loneliness and connection, told in crisscrossing email threads. Read full book review >

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THE VAMPIRE IN LOVE by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 1991

"The series (My Friend, the Vampire, 1984, etc.) may be contrived and formulaic, but this features some undeniably funny scenes and a shrewd, plucky main character. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Once again, young Tony has to hop to stay in the good graces of his vampire friends while keeping his parents blissfully ignorant of their true nature. Read full book review >

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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 >