Search Results: "Tamara Schmitz"


BOOK REVIEW

MALLORY ON THE MOVE by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A flat effort at depicting a familiar life passage. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Eight-year-old Mallory is moving away from her best friend Mary Ann in this predictable effort for chapter-book readers. Read full book review >

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MALLORY VS. MAX by Laurie Friedman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Printed in widely spaced lines of type and illustrated with plenty of black-and-white wash cartoons, Mallory's diatribe (her third so far) should draw, if not excite, fledgling chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Punctuated by pointed family discussions on attitude correction and the importance of team play, this unsubtle sibling-tiff tale should please fans of Junie B. Jones and similar whiny fare. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Meeting a real need, this is an excellent choice for the preschool set. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A simple, clearly worded text about divorce for the youngest children, this will help parents hammer home the twin messages that it is not the child's fault and that the child is loved very much by each parent, no matter what happens. Read full book review >

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THE SHIPWRECKED SAILOR by Tamara Bower
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Budding Egyptologists as well as lovers of well-told, multi-layered folktales will treasure this outstanding debut. (bibliography, map) (Picture book/folktale. 7-11)"
For all its brevity, this sailor's yarn, possibly 4,000 years old, positively vibrates with wonder, danger, joy, and deeper meaning. Read full book review >

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HOW THE AMAZON QUEEN FOUGHT THE PRINCE OF EGYPT by Tamara Bower
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"A rare tale, as enjoyable for its authoritative, scholarly appurtenances as for its vivid retelling. (bibliography) (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
As in her Shipwrecked Sailor (2000), Bower gives a little-known ancient tale fresh life without robbing it of its distinctive cultural milieu. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WINDFLOWERS by Tamara McKinley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2002

"Narrative sweep and an evocative sense of place keep this from sinking under the weight of its contrivances. The Australian-born McKinley (Matilda's Last Waltz, not reviewed) is no Colleen McCullough, but this is fine even so."
Stouthearted men and plucky young women take on the Australian outback. Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE A MAN by Tamara Linse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2013

"A slim volume packed with rugged tales and smart, brawny characters."
Short storieson ranching and relationships. Read full book review >

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EARTH'S IMAGINED CORNERS by Tamara Linse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"An overly expository but moving tale of love and marriage."
A young couple tries to make their marriage work under the trying circumstances of the American West during the1880s. Read full book review >

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DOG POEMS by Dave Crawley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The cartoon-style illustrations done in pen-and-ink and watercolor provide additional comic touches and show dog owners of varying ethnicities. (Poetry. 7-10)"
Crawley and Petrosino team up again for a sequel to their previous collaboration, Cat Poems (2005). Read full book review >

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STREET OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS by Rob Schmitz
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2016

"Probing human-interest stories that mine the heart of today's China."
A study of vastly changing China from the perspective of one busy street in the center of Shanghai. Read full book review >

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DARKEST DESIRE by Anthony Schmitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 26, 1998

"An artful, ironic updating of venerable material, done with zest and great originality."
A mordantly witty, slyly intelligent take on the Brothers Grimm and their folktales, as seen from the viewpoint of a man-eating (or, more precisely, child-eating) wolf that they attempt to subdue. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2011

"A tertiary and not-terribly-sympathetic character tells her side of this modern-day Shakespearian tragedy."
Cringingly sad account of the fall of the house of Madoff by the second wife of the eldest son. Read full book review >