Search Results: "Shelley Tanaka"


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NOBODY KNOWS by Shelley Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A tale without a tidy end, all the more tragic for being told in such a simple, low-key way. (Fiction. 11-14)"
The spare, heartbreaking tale of four children struggling to make do after their mother abandons them in a Tokyo apartment. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Well-endowed with close-up photos and fresh insights, this makes an unusually gripping (so to speak) study of the ever-popular topic. (bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Tanaka takes readers on a riveting tour of the mummified world, from Europe's prehistoric Iceman and a 7000-year-old South American child that is the world's oldest artificially created mummy, to glimpses of Lenin, Chairman Mao and a touring collection of icky modern examples created through a process called "plastination." Read full book review >

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A DAY THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Shelley Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The slight bibliography includes Jim Murphy's Inside the Alamo (p. 393), a better choice for a slightly older audience. (epilogue, glossary, index, Web sites) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
The battle at the Alamo in 1836 fueled events leading to statehood for Texas in 1845, and by the end of the Mexican-American War in 1848, Mexico had lost half of its vast empire. 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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I DON'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE by Gabi Kreslehner
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Powerful and deeply resonant. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl tries to cope with her parents' divorce and her own developing friendships and romance. Read full book review >

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BROKEN MEMORY by Élisabeth Combres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Still, readers interested in the topic or engaged in a class setting will find this brief work approachable and evocative, and the dearth of materials on the Rwandan genocide for this age makes it stand out. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Emma is a Tutsi orphan living with the Hutu woman who took her in, at risk of death, during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. 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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AMELIA EARHART by Shelley Tanaka
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Earhart's comment that 'I want to do it because I want to do it' will resonate strongly with both girls and boys who claim adventure as their own. (references, source notes, index) (Biography. 8-12)"
Tanaka desensationalizes a spectacularly fascinating life with clear, understated prose. Read full book review >

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NEW DINOS by Shelley Tanaka
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Concluding with an annotated map, plus lists of books and Web sites, this will rivet young readers while bringing them up to speed on the latest news from the paleontological front. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
"Like giant gaffing hooks, these claws could spear a fish the size of a grown man. Once Suchomimus had shoveled the prey into its mouth, its one hundred hooked teeth would clamp down like huge pinking shears." Read full book review >

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ON BOARD THE TITANIC by Shelley Tanaka
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The book will more than satisfy those for whom this voyage is an apparently unlimited source of fascination. (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
In this work subtitled ``What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank,'' the powerful, detailed, and realistic paintings by Marschall will enthrall readers and draw them into the mystery of the famous ocean liner's fate. 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 >