Search Results: "Ted McClelland"


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HORSEPLAYERS by Ted McClelland
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"Amusing, opinionated, rambling and filled with a dizzying array of handicapping formulas—in short, everything a horse-racing book should be."
A Chicago journalist spends a lively year playing the ponies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Intelligent, witty and downright shameless: the Great Lakes for better or worse."
Idiosyncratic look at the culture of the Great Lakes, from Green Bay cheese-heads to Polish sailors. Read full book review >

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IRRITABLE HEARTS by Mac McClelland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"McClelland's candor and empathy are admirable, but this would have benefited from more editorial shaping."
Sprawling memoir of an adventurous journalist's experiences with PTSD. Read full book review >

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UPLOAD by Mark McClelland
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"A thoughtful tale resembling a sci-fi video game viewed in a funhouse mirror."
McClelland's ambitious debut novel envisions a future in which the vanishing line between virtual reality and "organic life" causes an antisocial genius to conduct the ultimate evolutionary experiment. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"An engaging overview of the president's early political education."
Journalist McClelland (The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes, 2008, etc.) looks at the effect of President Obama's years in Chicago. Read full book review >

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Released: May 21, 2013

"Though McClelland offers few solutions for industrialized urban centers, his book is admirably long on explanation and empathy."
Chicago journalist McClelland (Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President, 2010, etc.) examines the decline of urban industrial centers in the Midwestern United States and portions of the Great Lakes region. Read full book review >

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THE BITE OF THE MANGO by Mariatu Kamara
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"An essential purchase for most collections. (Memoir. 13 & up)"
This moving autobiography never minimizes the brutality of the civil war that wracked Sierra Leone from 1991 to 2002. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"A courageous tale of physical and mental endurance sure to bring to further light conditions in North Korea."
One woman's life in, and desperate escape from, North Korea. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This fast-paced story will likely compel its readers to learn more about North Korea after finishing it. (Memoir. 12-18)"
A pampered son of the elite survives a nightmarish ordeal in this page-turner of a memoir. Read full book review >

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CRISPIN AND THE 3 LITTLE PIGLETS by Ted Dewan
ANIMALS
Released: March 11, 2003

"Any child who's ever had to make room for siblings will sympathize with Crispin and recognize themselves as he eases into the role of big brother. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A privileged piglet adjusts to life with triplets in Dewan's sequel to Crispin: The Pig Who Had It All (not reviewed). Read full book review >

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IDITAROD DREAM by Ted Wood
by Ted Wood, photographed by Ted Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 30, 1996

"An attractive volume that captures the thrill of the race and comes with a bonus—Dusty takes first place. (map) (Picture book/nonfiction. 8-12)"
A detailed, carefully written account of a 15-year-old boy's participation in the Junior Iditarod in Alaska, with large, colorful, action-packed photographs of the race. Read full book review >

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TOP SECRET by Ted Dewan
by Ted Dewan, illustrated by Ted Dewan
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Aim at older readers: The pages are often divided into comic-strip panels, and can be confusing; Dewan's rendering of the child is less adept than his other images, so that the hoisting up of the sleeping girl looks awkward and a little frightening. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Written in prose reminiscent of a spy or detective novel, Dewan reveals the secrets behind the tooth-fairy legend. Read full book review >