Search Results: "Sonia Lynn Sadler"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2010

"Vibrant and accomplished. (author's note, sources, quotation sources) (Picture book biography. 6-11)"
This debut picture biography, idealized and inspiring, draws on Wangari Maathai's autobiographical writing to present an overview of the activist's life from childhood to the present. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The English take on the French: formidably droll with a touch of the wacko."
An outsider attempts to win over his new neighbors with his gardening skills in this pratfall-filled tale of expatriatism. Read full book review >

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"A gentle, comic treat with a subtle lesson about building character."
In this charming picture book, a timid mouse wins the day by using determination and hard work to overcome his fear of performing in public. Read full book review >

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TEN EGGS IN A NEST by Marilyn Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A happy and entertaining tale. (Early reader. 2-5)"
Ten eggs hatch, and the counting begins in this tale aimed at the very youngest readers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Yet another treasure, noble and uplifting, from Britain's Victorian trove."
A thorough compilation of letters that sheds new light on the Scottish writer and minister (1824-1905), a seminal figure in modern fantastic literature. Read full book review >

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BOBO CRAZY by Marilyn Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"No rocket fuel required for this lighter-than-air vehicle. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Introduced originally in a 1996 picture book, then a made-for-TV movie, space-station-dwelling preteen Zenon Kar kicks off her chapter-book series with a slangy girl-meets-robodog tale. Read full book review >

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ALICE FROM DALLAS by Marilyn Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"The clever ending is a yee-haw moment that will rope in readers as quick as tumbling tumbleweeds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Grab your cowboy hat and boots and saddle up for one rootin', tootin' story featuring Alice from Dallas. Read full book review >

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PASS IT ON! by Marilyn Sadler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 22, 2012

"Though it is supposed to be a silent game—and here it is anything but that—this rendering of the childhood favorite captures the essence of its illuminating comedy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sadler gives cockamamie treatment to this barnyard variant on the game of telephone. Read full book review >

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THE GOODNESS GENE by Sonia Levitin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Still, teen readers will enjoy teasing out the historical parallels and wondering 'what if,' making this an excellent choice for book discussions. (Science fiction. YA)"
A didactic dystopia ponders big issues: nature versus nurture, and the existence of souls. Read full book review >

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ANTIQUITY STREET by Sonia Rami
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Despite the claim, this is no competition to Lawrence Durrell's still peerless Alexandria Quartet."
Life in Cairo and Alexandria is vividly evoked in this first novel from Egyptian writer Rami—but not vividly enough to compensate for an improbable protagonist and a theme that, in trying to mean so much, doesn't mean much at all. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2006

"This portrait of poverty and family ties has the potential to reshape American conversations about immigration."
An expanded version of Nazario's Pulitzer Prize-winning articles, originally published in the Los Angeles Times, about the harrowing journey hopeful immigrants take from Central America through Mexico into the U.S. Read full book review >

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PANDEMIC by Sonia Shah
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"This is not fun reading, but it's necessary—one can only hope that it drives more effective surveillance and rapid response to tomorrow's plagues."
Vibrio cholerae was once a species of marine bacteria attached to some plankton in the coastal wetlands of the Bay of Bengal. In grim detail, science journalist Shah (The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years, 2010, etc.) demonstrates how it became the global source of horrendous deaths and how the story of cholera is paradigmatic of how pandemics happen. Read full book review >