Search Results: "Stephanie S. Sanders"


BOOK REVIEW

GOOD CURSES EVIL by Stephanie S. Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Amusing fare for readers who aren't quite up to more sophisticated halfhearted antiheroes like Artemis Fowl or Catherine Jinks' 'Evil Genius' Cadel. (Light fantasy. 10-12)"
Some people just make terrible villains. Read full book review >

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HERO IN DISGUISE by Stephanie S. Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"An airy school story beneath a veneer of fantasy, low both on violence and actual villainy. (Light fantasy. 10-12)"
Master Dreadthorn's School for Wayward Villains again (Good Curses Evil, 2011) lives up to the "Wayward" as some of its more challenged students keep rescuing captives and saving the day. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2005

"A refreshing portrait of wine not as an elite mystery, but as a product wrung from the earth by honest labor."
With great respect and admiration, Sanders (From Here, You Can't See Paris, 2002, etc.) pores over the convivial and welcoming wines of southern France. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Sanders depicts the works as part of a remarkable and increasingly rare industry that fuses technological innovation with proud craftsmanship and a work ethic that makes a shipfitter's affectionate patting of a 9,000-ton hull a very natural gesture. (photos, not seen)"
An unhurried, meticulous, character-rich portrait of the Bath Iron Works, where the navy's destroyers are built, is the subject of Maine writer Sanders's first book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"A good and leathery year abroad, an honest and deeply enjoyed experience that avoids skimming off only the fruity bonbons while neglecting the ruck of daily life."
A French village, a good restaurant, and a year's worth of time to spend in both add stock to the lives of Sanders and his family. Read full book review >

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LISTEN! by Stephanie S. Tolan
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2006

"Touching and heartwarming. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In the hands of a less-talented author, the story of a half-wild dog and the heartbroken girl who tames him might have descended into saccharine sentimentality. Read full book review >

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APPLEWHITES AT WIT'S END by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Readers who liked the first book will appreciate this one, too, and the glimmerings of a few romances on the horizon will satisfy. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In Newbery Honor-winning Surviving the Applewhites (2002), Jake Semple, the big-city "bad kid," didn't know how he'd manage a year with that irrepressible clan. In this sequel Jake's back, but it's the Applewhites who don't know how or if they'll make it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FACE IN THE MIRROR by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Tolan (Welcome to the Ark, 1996, etc.) painlessly incorporates information about staging, interpretation, and Shakespeare; young thespians may like this even more than mystery fans will, for the emphasis on ghosts and theatrics often outstrips plotting and motives. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fascinating details about the workings of a theater and the art and craft of acting are woven into this story of a complicated family and an even more complicated ghost. Read full book review >

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FLIGHT OF THE RAVEN by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Only for committed fans of part one. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A slow-moving sequel to Tolan's Welcome to the Ark (1996) in which Elijah, a young African-American empath who has escaped from a juvenile mental health facility in the Adirondacks, becomes entangled in a domestic terrorist organization. Read full book review >

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ORDINARY MIRACLES by Stephanie S. Tolan
Released: Sept. 29, 1999

"The characterization of Mark is both well-rounded and believable; readers will identify with this down-to-earth teenager as he struggles to find his own identity, understand the values of his parents, and come to his own conclusions about the merits of faith and science. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Raised in a Christian family by a father who is a staunch fundamentalist minister, twins Matthew and Mark Filkins come to terms with their religious beliefs when a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist returns to the town of Bradyville, Ohio. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH OF MAPLE PARK by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"The blend of ancient and contemporary healing arts (along with the witchy touches) leads to some funny altercations; quick pacing makes this a prime candidate for readers, including reluctant ones, who enjoy a frothy mystery. (Fiction. 9-13)"
After her sobering Plague Year (1990), Tolan returns to lighthearted themes. Read full book review >

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SAVE HALLOWEEN! by Stephanie S. Tolan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Though Tolan opens up the issue of group hysteria without exploring it in depth, that's a minor flaw in a book with several nicely realized characters of quiet courage, refreshingly committed to their faith. (Fiction. 9- 14)"
When Johnna's teacher enlists her to script the sixth-grade Halloween pageant, the loner is caught between her fundamentalist family's beliefs and the truth her research reveals. Read full book review >