Search Results: "Sherry Garland"


BOOK REVIEW

LETTERS FROM THE MOUNTAIN by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An intriguing supporting cast goes to waste in a weak, uneven story. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a clumsy take on a well-used premise (see also the review of Winifred Morris's Liar, below), an at-risk city teenager is sent to his country relatives for attitude correction. Read full book review >

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SONG OF THE BUFFALO BOY by Sherry Garland
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"Glossary. (Fiction. 12+)"
An Amerasian born 17 years ago—an outcast in her Vietnamese village—dreams of the American soldier who appears with her mother in an old photo. Read full book review >

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CABIN 102 by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The encounter with Tahni is the heart of the piece; it's ironic that the ghostly element is the most believable and compelling part of the story with the rest just convoluted constructions around it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Against his will, Dusty, 12, finds himself on a Caribbean cruise ship with his father and stepfamily. Read full book review >

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VOICES OF THE ALAMO by Sherry Garland
Released: March 1, 2000

"A detailed note provides facts left out of the narrative, while Himler's engrossing watercolors draw readers into this true tale of struggle over rights and territory. (glossary, bibliography, further reading) (Picture book. 7-12)"
This picture book of history-through-poems follows on the heels of Garland's novel, A Line in the Sand (1998, not reviewed), an intimate portrait of a girl's experience during the Alamo. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOW OF THE DRAGON by Sherry Garland
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Honest; well written; depressing. (Fiction. 12+)"
A pessimistic YA novel, full of conflict: interethnic (Vietnamese immigrants vs. skinheads); intergenerational (old- fashioned matriarch vs. children and grandchildren struggling to assimilate and prosper); and intrapersonal (traditional values of self-sacrifice for the family's good vs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEST HORSE ON THE FORCE by Sherry Garland
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1991

"A simple story with distinct characters, an exciting chase, and some minor problem solving. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Skyjacker, the new horse that Brandon's Uncle Roy is testing for Houston's mounted police, looks like a natural—until Brandon's reckless friend Wayne puts a burr under his saddle and an officer is hurt in the ensuing fracas. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SILENT STORM by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Still, the story's thrust—like the approaching storm—is strong, and makes for absorbing reading. (Fiction. 9- 12)"
Though she once loved stories about the hurricanes around Galveston Island, Alyssa, 13, has been mute ever since her mother drowned and her father disappeared three years ago during a storm; convinced that she's somehow responsible, Alyssa can't remember for sure that traumatic day—but as another hurricane approaches and danger looms, she has flashbacks.... Read full book review >

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THE LAST RAINMAKER by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"The book is enlivened by the behind-the-scenes life of the Wild West show and some insights into what it was like to be a Native American in white society in the 1800s. (Fiction. 10-16)"
The usually understated Garland (Letters from the Mountain, 1996, etc.) resorts to melodrama throughout this tale of a girl's search for identity. Read full book review >

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I NEVER KNEW YOUR NAME by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

New to the apartment complex, a boy troubled by his own losses observes an older youth's loneliness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY FATHER'S BOAT by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Beautiful and compelling. (Picture book. 6-10)"
From Garland (The Last Rainmaker, 1997, etc.), a treasure for readers to open again and again, for the beauty of the lyrical prose, and the powerful, bittersweet story of family love. Read full book review >

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THE BUFFALO SOLDIER by Sherry Garland
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Himler's full-bleed western scenes add proper amounts of drama, touches of humor and natural-looking details to this engrossing tribute. (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-10)"
Eloquent for all its brevity, this fictional soldier's reminiscence traces nearly the whole real history of the Buffalo Soldiers, from the Indian Wars to WWII, and is reinforced by both a meaty introduction and a closing bibliography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOTUS SEED by Sherry Garland
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"Historical note. (Picture book. 5-10)"
``My grandmother saw the emperor cry the day he lost his golden dragon throne,'' begins a young Vietnamese-American, whose lyrical narrative tells how the girl took a seed from the Imperial garden to remember the emperor by, then kept it as a talisman of hope through all the events of her life—marriage, raising her children alone after her husband went to war, crossing the sea in a flimsy boat, making a new life in America. Read full book review >