Search Results: "Siobhan Roberts"


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GENIUS AT PLAY by Siobhan Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"While nonmathematicians may have trouble comprehending Roberts' mathematical achievements, they will enjoy this entertaining portrait of a charismatic genius."
A biography of the brilliant mathematician John Horton Conway (b. 1937). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A winning, enlightening investigation into wind engineering and the man who made the airwaves speak."
A richly drawn portrait of Alan Davenport (1932-2009), the maestro of "balancing the wind's fickle forces." Read full book review >

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CRUMBLE! CRUMBLE! by Siobhan Dodds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The simple narrative and repetitive text can't be said to possess incantatory qualities, but they do convey an instant familiarity, warmth, and mellow humor, as do Dodds's (Grandpa Bud, 1993) earth-toned, cartoon illustrations. (Picture book. 1-4)"
This sturdy book designed for toddlers comes with an equally sturdy story about a young kangaroo that skips the most important meal of the day and is haunted by the absence of food in her belly. Read full book review >

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THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"The message, grippingly delivered, is that kids, even differently abled ones, are worth paying attention to. (Fiction. 9-14)"
When Ted's cousin Salim visits London, he insists on riding "The London Eye," an immense observation wheel. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 26, 2016

"The almost-dystopian setting of post-flood Aberdeen makes a beautifully surreal setting, even if Keeley's journey can't quite carry the narrative. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When disaster strikes a working-class town, the class clown learns her coping mechanisms don't help anyone. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2012

"The issue is seldom front and center in books for teens, but Vivian refuses to falsify or avoid the uncomfortable realities that looks alone confer status, and their power is greatest when obscured by the pretense that 'looks don't matter.' (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This riveting exploration of physical appearance and the status it confers opens a cultural conversation that's needed to happen for a long time. Read full book review >

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SOLACE OF THE ROAD by Siobhan Dowd
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A last gift from Dowd. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Holly, a 15-year-old ward of the state, is placed with foster parents who, though they try very hard, can't break through the barrier she has constructed around herself, mostly to forget her early life with her uninterested mother. Read full book review >

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THE COLD THAT BURNS by Siobhan Campbell
Released: Sept. 4, 2000

"Lackluster poesy."
Many of the poems in Campbell's second collection coolly examine the potentially "hot" subjects of religion and family. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA BUD by Siobhan Dodds
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"The engaging cartoon-style illustrations are just right. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Little Polly is coming for the night, and (she confides by phone) she's hoping Grandpa Bud will bake her favorite cake. Read full book review >

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BOG CHILD by Siobhan Dowd
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Pitch-perfect in capturing the often futile struggles for the many victims of Irish independence over the millennia. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This haunting, suspenseful novel follows the parallel stories of Fergus, facing the final high-school exams that will decide his future, and a murdered Iron Age "bog child" he names Mel after he discovers her well-preserved body in a peat marsh. Read full book review >

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SAME DIFFERENCE by Siobhan Vivian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2009

"Emily's achingly real struggles, heartbreaks and triumphs. (Fiction. YA)"
Emily isn't sold on spending the summer commuting from her wealthy suburban enclave to the Philadelphia College of Fine Arts, but she might as well: Her lifelong best friend "Meg got a boyfriend and I got a hobby. Read full book review >