Search Results: "Steven B. Duke"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 7, 1994

A harshly critical but trenchant look at the war on drugs, the ``failure'' of which leads the authors to propose realistic, achievable solutions that go beyond mere legalization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE by Steven B. Frank
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Unforgettable, well-drawn titular characters are the heart of this deeply moving and laugh-out-loud funny story about family, friendship, integrity, and navigating differences. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two sixth-grade boys from different worlds are brought together by school desegregation in 1970s Los Angeles. Read full book review >

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ONE GUINEA PIG IS NOT ENOUGH by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The numerals appear as big as life in the middle of the scenes, in a book that is warm and playful from beginning to end. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This is not a counting book, but an adding book; Duke (Archaeologists Dig for Clues, 1997, etc.) uses number-driven events to introduce simple addition, thereby reinforcing the learning of numbers, and in the process creating an interesting story that shows off the personality of each character. Read full book review >

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TWENTY IS TOO MANY by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2000

"Duke doesn't disappoint, characteristically lavishing the book with her carefree and fun-filled watercolors of irresistibly cute critters in whimsical situations that can't but inspire chuckles while teaching a thing or two. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In this sequel to One Guinea Pig is Not Enough (1998), Duke serves up a romp with subtraction instead of addition concepts. Read full book review >

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AUNT ISABEL TELLS A GOOD ONE by Kate Duke
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"All in all: an entertaining production, with a light touch that saves it from preachiness; the playful introduction to the elements of fiction is especially intriguing, and should be invaluable to creative-writing programs for young children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's a lot going on here: a story within a story—Aunt Isabel, a bohemian-looking mouse, pauses in her artistic endeavors (her drawings and paintings are informally hung around her snug home) to tell little Penelope a spur-of-the-moment story explicitly designed to demonstrate the construction of a plot. Read full book review >

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IN THE RAINFOREST by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A fascinating and solid introduction. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
This new entry in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series is a Stage 2 title exploring the busy and diverse world of the rain forest. Read full book review >

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THE STRIP by E. Duke Vincent
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Granted, it has no pretensions to great literature, but even by the standards of books with dollar signs in the titles, this is flimsy stuff."
Vincent (Black Widow, 2007) spins a caper involving the mob in Vegas—is that redundant? Read full book review >

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS DIG FOR CLUES by Kate Duke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 1997

"1398, etc.) ensures that this eye-opening field trip will inspire dirt diggers and treasure-seekers everywhere. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Readers will feel as if they're taking an active part in an archaeological dig in this informative entry in the Let's-Read-and- Find-Out Science series, reminiscent of Aliki's Digging for Dinosaurs and entries in the Magic School Bus series. Read full book review >

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THE DANCE HALL AT SPRING HILL by Duke Klassen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1996

"Hits and misses, then, though all touched at least somewhere with the genuine breath of life."
As part of the Minnesota Voices Project, newcomer Klassen offers 15 stories varying in quality, originality, and polish—all set in small-town and farmland Minnesota. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"Despite the relative shortness of her stint, Duke discerns some of both the truthful kernels and sweeping ramifications—economic, political, social, cultural—of what independence has brought to parts of southern Africa."
Reporter Duke, who covered Africa for the Washington Post in the 1990s, sheds her journalist's mantle to give a personal, emotive account of those extraordinary years. Read full book review >