Search Results: "Steve Vander Ark"


BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: Jan. 16, 2009

"Nonetheless, stealing a march on all competitors by treating The Tales of Beedle the Bard (2008) as a separate title, this wins points for currency, and all but the most obsessive readers will find it unexcelled for ease of use as a quick reference guide. (source list) (Reference. 10-adult)"
His publisher having lost 2008's courtroom battle against J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers over an initial print version of his popular fan site's encyclopedia of everything Potter, Vander Ark offers a revised second take. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY
by Poornima Apte

Long before “We Need Diverse Books” gained momentum as a movement towards inclusivity in children’s literature, writer and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats made history. Peter, the star of his groundbreaking picture book, The Snowy Day, was black.

Children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney reminds us what a big deal this was in 1962 when the book was first published. The ...


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DOGGONE by Arabella Ark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"An overly long yet honest account of a family ensnared by tragedy."
In Ark's (Pants on Fire!, 2013) novel, an artist in Hawaii loses her philandering husband to a younger woman, then two of her children to suicide. Read full book review >

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NEXT YEAR by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Stunning. (author's note) (Picture book. 8-14)"
An early adolescent boy who lives with his parents on their farm during the Dust Bowl tells his story in this picture book. Read full book review >

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THE LAST, THE FIRST, THE BEST
by Julie Danielson

Because it’s the holidays, I had some down time this week to look through some early-2017 picture book releases. At the same time, however, 2016 isn’t quite over yet, so today I’m going to tell you about two expertly crafted picture books – one out this week in the last gasp of this year and one that hits bookshelves just ...


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ELI REMEMBERS by Ruth Vander Zee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"While its message is universally significant, its use will be most effective in introductory Holocaust discussions and curriculum. (Picture book. 12-15)"
On each Rosh Hashanah eve, Eli watches his great-grandmother light seven memorial candles, say a prayer and shed a tear over the blessing. Read full book review >

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MR. MCGINTY'S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"An appealing and appropriate addition to the nature shelf in the preschool and early elementary grades. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
Mr. McGinty and his dog, Sophie, perform a heroic monarch rescue. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 2017

"A compact and detailed plan for understanding—and mitigating—largely unpredictable episodes in the markets."
An in-depth series of strategies focuses on managing long-term survival in the business world. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS WITH YOU by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Includes an author's note regarding Kim's travels to the U.S. for surgery and eventual adoption, as well as a general background on the Vietnam War. (Picture book. 8-12)"
"Kim, come to me." Read full book review >

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MISSISSIPPI MORNING by Ruth Vander Zee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Readers end with sympathetic feelings for James William—not only for the shaking of his social foundations, but the trauma of his father's lies. (Picture book. 8-11)"
Racial prejudice and equal doses of a boy's naïveté and experiences collide in a coming-of-age moment that calibrates his moral compass. Read full book review >

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9 NEW BOOKS TO WATCH FOR IN JANUARY 2017
by Leila Roy

PHEW! I finally finished listing my favorites of 2016, and now it’s time to start the merry-go-round up again and look at the new releases of January 2017.

Here are a few of the titles that I’m planning on picking up:

Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson

After a court case that was covered nationally, fifteen-year-old Mary is in “baby jail” for ...


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BETTY GOES BANANAS by Steve Antony
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"Teachers and parents of short-fused toddlers will read this over and over. Serve with bananas. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Betty's hunger gets the better of her when she faces a banana she cannot open. Read full book review >