Search Results: "Stephanie Spinner"


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QUIVER by Stephanie Spinner
FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Brutal in spots, but lighter than the psychodramas Donna Jo Napoli and others are fond of crafting from the old tales. (afterword) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Spinner (Expiration Date: Never, 2001, etc.) hops aboard the mythological bandwagon, turning the tale of Atalanta into a teenager's coming-of-age. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Readers in search of Arthurian retellings will be better served by those of Gerald Morris or Nancy Springer. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Damosel is the Lady of the Lake, who knows the Rules chapter and verse (The Rule of Unwavering Politesse, A Lady Always Keeps her Promises, etc.) and follows them. Read full book review >

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QUICKSILVER by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2005

"It's good to be a god. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Having given the tale of Atalanta a contemporary voice in Quiver (2002), Spinner proceeds to do the same for several other myths, by viewing them through the eyes of Hermes. Read full book review >

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IT’S A MIRACLE! by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Delightfully funny and touching. (afterword, blessings, glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spinner's stories are of the inventive bedtime variety about family, as told by six-and-half-year-old Owen Block's grandmother. Read full book review >

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THE NUTCRACKER by Stephanie Spinner
adapted by Stephanie Spinner, illustrated by Peter Malone
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"A full-page author's note gives a brief performance history of the ballet, and a fully orchestrated CD of the complete ballet is included. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Children preparing to attend a holiday performance of The Nutcracker will find this a helpful introduction to the beloved ballet. Read full book review >

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EXPIRATION DATE: NEVER by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2001

"Though not a sequel that stands on its own, this will have readers rocking with laughter and rolling in the aisles. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Twins Tod and Tessa face double trouble in a sidesplitting follow-up to Be First in the Universe (2000). Read full book review >

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ALEX THE PARROT by Stephanie Spinner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Bird lovers will be charmed. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Irene Pepperberg's African gray parrot learned to speak and understand English so well he changed both public and scientific beliefs about animal communication and cognition. Read full book review >

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PADDYWACK by Stephanie Spinner
ANIMALS
Released: April 27, 2010

"With an enjoyable story so close to reality (and to the dreams of those who yearn for a pony of their own), this is sure to find readers. (Early reader. 5-8)"
This Step into Reading Level 3 entry tells the story of a young girl named Jane and her pony, Paddywack. Read full book review >

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ALIENS FOR LUNCH by Jonathan Etra
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 7-10)"
In a delightful sequel to Aliens for Breakfast (1988), tiny Aric, Commander of the Interspace Brigade, again needs Richard's help: The greedy Graxians have hijacked his ship and its supply of XTC-1000 (a commodity that keeps a planet's desserts tasty for 11,976 years); if the Threllians don't get their shipment, they'll attack Earth to try to get its XTC-1000. Read full book review >

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BORN TO BE WILD by Stephanie Spinner
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1997

"Spinner and Weiss don't talk down to the audience, and they include plenty of comic touches in their enjoyable tale. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Born To Be Wild (PLB $13.89; $3.95 paper; Mar. 31, 1997; 60 pp.; PLB 0-06-027338-0; paper 0-06-442033-7): In the third installment of The Weebie Zone series (Gerbilitis, 1996, not reviewed, etc.), Garth still has the ability—thanks to a bite from his gerbil, Weebie—to communicate with animals. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Not as seasoned as Anne Garrels's similarly structured Naked in Baghdad (2003), but with some good moments."
A tentative, slight memoir of a sojourn in hell. Read full book review >