Search Results: "Stephanie Hale"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ALPHA BET by Stephanie Hale
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Rounding out this sunny story are a sweet romance with a fellow science geek and social justice for the mean girl. (Fiction. YA)"
Thanks to her diligence in studying, Grace Kelly Cook is able to enroll in college at 16 and flee her helicopter mom. Read full book review >

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STEPHANIE POWELL WATTS
by Maya Payne Smart

Ominous and timely, No One Is Coming to Save Us explores the sense of displacement and dispossession that burrows within communities—and individuals—when work vanishes. The novel follows residents of Pinewood, a declining North Carolina factory town, as they ponder the twin perils of staying stuck in the stubborn red clay beneath them or moving earth to cut their own new ...


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ELIZABETI’S SCHOOL by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Together, the talented team offers up another winning peek at a life that's different but the same. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the beginning there was Elizabeti's Doll (1998), then, Mama Elizabeti (2000). Read full book review >

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THE HAMSTER OF THE BASKERVILLES by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Clever, good fun. (Fiction. 9-11)"
For a box of jelly doughnuts and two Get-Out-of-Detention-Free cards, fourth-grade gumshoe Chet Gecko takes on his most baffling case yet: someone—or something—is trashing the classrooms of Emerson Hicky Elementary, leaving huge footprints, claw marks on the walls, and an aroma of peanut butter. Read full book review >

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SQUIRREL MEETS WORLD by Shannon Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite a rough start, Doreen's story offers a heroine it's easy to go nuts over. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
A middle-grade origin story for Squirrel Girl, one of Marvel Comics' wackiest superheroes. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF THE WERE-HYENA by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A series kickoff with a promising mix of chills and chortles. (Light horror. 8-10)"
Monterrosa seems like an ordinary small town—until a resident is bitten by a strange-looking dog one night while taking a stroll past the graveyard. Read full book review >

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YELLOWBELLY AND PLUM GO TO SCHOOL by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"EWSLUGp1998. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Hale makes a common premise uncommonly appealing with illustrations that feature a gloriously multi-species cast. Read full book review >

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MAMA ELIZABETI by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"After supper, as Mama cradles Flora, Elizabeti rocks Obedi to sleep in her arms—a peaceful end to a trying, important day in her life. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Lightning doesn't strike twice, but this sweet sequel to the wonderful, award-winning Elizabeti's Doll (1998) will hit a chord in any child who has had to care for a younger sibling. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETI'S DOLL by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Stuve-Bodeen's debut is quirky but believable, lightly dusted with cultural detail, and features universal emotions in an unusual setting. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Charmed by her new baby brother, Elizabeti decides that she wants a baby of her own; she picks up a smooth rock, names it Eva and washes, feeds, and changes her, and carries her about in her cloth kanga. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD IRONCLAD! by Nathan Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Livelier than the typical history textbook but sillier than the many outstanding works on the Civil War available for young readers, this will appeal to both history buffs and graphic-novel enthusiasts. (Graphic historical fiction. 8-12)"
Travel with Nathan Hale back to 1861 for the famous Civil War battle between the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia, the war's first ironclad ships. Read full book review >

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THE MALTED FALCON by Bruce Hale
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The sleuth with the smart mouth shows no signs of slowing down (or graduating, for that matter), and should continue to draw fans like fleas to a dog show. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The metaphors fly thicker than flies on ripe garbage in fourth-grade gumshoe Chet Gecko's seventh schoolyard caper. Read full book review >

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BABY COLORS by Rachael Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"The subtlety of some of the color differentiations (orange and yellow are awfully close in hue) and busyness of other compositions demonstrates, however, that the board-book dollar would still be better spent on the fortuitously timed reprint of Margaret Miller's I Love Colors. (6-12 mos.)"
Adorable babies (is there any other kind?), mostly white but some with darker skin, cavort on different-colored backgrounds to a pretty standard doggerel praisesong: "Lovely baby, / wiggly toes, / stops to smell / a sweet RED rose." Read full book review >