Search Results: "Thomas B. Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 1993

"One can't blame Blatty for sleazing up Robbie's plight, but it's good to have Allen's levelheaded account, which allows the apparent facts of this influential case to speak for their own—and compelling—selves."
The 1949 exorcism that inspired William Blatty to write The Exorcist, recounted in admirably restrained and documented fashion by an unlikely source: military-expert Allen (Merchants of Treason, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"The war's bitterness memorably recaptured."
Veteran historian Allen (Remember Valley Forge: Patriots, Tories, and Redcoats Tell Their Stories, 2007, etc.) offers a lively account of the colonists who remained loyal to King George during the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Includes Web sites, bibliography, index, and a foreword by the diver Robert D. Ballard. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Allen skillfully blends background information and eyewitness accounts from Japanese pilots, American servicemen, and nurses in this copiously illustrated addition to the canon of books commemorating December 7, 1941. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"The lesson the New Deal government took home: avoid ticking off discontented veterans, whence the GI Bill. A lively, engaging work of history."
Here a demonstrator is clubbed and tear-gassed, but there real reforms are won: thus unfolds this memorable story of a now-forgotten episode in 20th-century history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"The authors' masterful marshalling of the evidence prompts relief that the invasion of Japan never took place, but it's unlikely to put to rest historical speculation about the morality of Truman's decision. (photos, not seen)"
This grim and painstaking analysis of plans for operations Olympic and Coronet (the invasions of Kyushu and Honshu) argues that dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a military necessity that hastened the end of WW II and saved possibly millions of Japanese and American lives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLEJIM'S GIFT by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"Life is tough, and even good deeds demand a sacrifice. (Fiction/Picture book. 6-10)"
It's Christmastime. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANDMA’S GENERAL STORE by Dorothy Carter
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 16, 2005

"Let's hope a sequel will reveal what happens to Grandma in Florida and to Prince and Pearl when they rejoin their growing family in Philadelphia. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When their father loses his job and heads north for a better life, Prince and Pearl stay in Florida with their caring grandmother in her general store, The Ark. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER BACK by Beverly Major
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"A nourishing picture of one child's pleasure in the natural world. (Picture book. 5-10)"
A young African-American shares her joy in the world out beyond her family's barn, where there are blueberries to eat, walls to climb, and sweet-smelling arbutus so fragrant that ``You have to smell the flowers and smell them again, the way you have to keep looking at a rainbow until it's gone.'' A creek for wading, frogs' eggs, and a ``slow and lumpy, bumpy'' cow to ride home all add up to a lyrical idyll of country life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

B by Jonathan Baumbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Amusing but short of hilarity: too few pages, though immensely detailed, build and release."
"I'm angry at you because you don't know why I'm angry at you, she said. I'm not really angry, I'm disappointed . . . Invisible flames emanated from her on all sides." Read full book review >

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MOUNTAIN VALOR by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 1994

"A taut, unusually authentic novel. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
Valor's father is away fighting for the South when raiders come through their farm; clutching his medal (for which she was named) the girl hides, but her mother miscarries as a result of the raid. Read full book review >

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UP THE TRACKS TO GRANDMA'S by Judith Hendershot
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"An agreeable, well-wrought book. (Picture book. 4-8)"
From the author and illustrator of In Coal Country (1987, ALA Notable), another look at life in rural America two generations ago. Read full book review >