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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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 >

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WHEELS AROUND by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A sparkling contribution to a popular subject. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Paint-box bright photographs of wheeled transportation cover the gamut from skateboards and wheelchairs to fire trucks and backhoes. Read full book review >

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GROW! RAISE! CATCH! by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"This volume may even lure children (and adults) back to the farm. (glossary) (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Engaging color photos depict smiling farmers and fishermen (and fisherwoman) and gleeful children eating their products. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE by Shelley Coriell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"As true as the blue streak in her hair, Rebel will encourage readers to follow their own hearts and dreams. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A teen fills a bucket list. The problem is, it belongs to a dead girl. 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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TOMORROW WENDY by Shelley Stoehr
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1998

"Though the cast's adults are negligent or completely clueless, Stoehr gives her young narrator a saving sense of irony, and displays a keen appreciation for love's ambiguities and complexities. (Fiction. 14+)"
A Long Island teenager develops a crush on her boyfriend's twin sister in this steamy tale of emergent sexuality from the author of Wannabe (1997). Read full book review >

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A PATRON SAINT FOR JUNIOR BRIDESMAIDS by Shelley Tougas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Wedding-prep comedy balances serious questions of morality in this sweetly perceptive book. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A girl from a devoutly Catholic family prays to as many patron saints as she can find, but she can't find the one she needs when she becomes a junior bridesmaid for her shy cousin. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"Wachsmann writes in an attractive style, at once narrative, personal, and scholarly, with humor and fascinating excursions into ancient myth and history mingling with detailed descriptions and drawings of how boats were built in ancient times."
A compelling story of the discovery of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat in the Sea of Galilee, told by nautical archaeologist Wachsmann (Biblical Archaeology/Texas A&M Univ.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 9, 1996

This hit parade of psychological and mythical views of a basic family bond teems with good intentions but fails to spark with originality or humanistic warmth. 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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I'M ADOPTED! by Shelley Rotner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2011

"A valuable resource to help explain their backgrounds to adopted children or to introduce the concept to anyone wondering about adoption. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
This introduction to adoption for very young children stands out in its clear, accessible approach to a topic that many adults may still find difficult to address, despite increasing societal openness. Read full book review >