Search Results: "Thomas B. Allen"


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 >

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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 >

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GOOD-BYE, CHARLES LINDBERGH by Louise Borden
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"The lyric style and muted pastel drawings heighten the book's nostalgic mood, for it is far more atmosphere than story; as in the tales that grandparents pass on to their loved ones, this one has the tenor of a personal remembrance that also brings history to life. (Picture book. 5-9)"
If little stories combine to make up history, then this small tale contributes to the legacy of Charles Lindbergh. Read full book review >

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LITTLEJIM'S DREAMS by Gloria Houston
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"Fans of the previous books (Littlejim's Gift, 1994, etc.) will not be disappointed. (b&w illustrations, further reading) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Littlejim Houston is nearly 14 and loves his life in rural Appalachia in 1920, but he dreams of being more than a farmer and logger. Read full book review >

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SUMMER WHEELS by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"An inspiring story with broad appeal and a handsome format. (Fiction/Young reader. 6-11)"
In a neighborhood where few kids own bikes, the "Bicycle Man" (based on a real person) loans out his lovingly renovated collection, with just two rules: the bikes must be returned by four, and if they're damaged, the borrower must help make repairs. 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 >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"An older technology—the magnifying glass—will be necessary for reading the bibliography and source notes. (online resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
According to the authors, Abraham Lincoln was part of the last generation of Americans who didn't expect technology ever to change. Read full book review >

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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 >

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A PLACE CALLED FREEDOM by Scott Russell Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1997

"Allen's trademark pastels are rendered in predominant smoky blues that provide powerful keyhole glimpses of family and farm set starkly against white canvas, accentuating the austerity of the days of frontier homesteading. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Setting his story during a time when antislavery sentiment was gaining momentum, Sanders (Here Comes the Mystery Man, 1993, etc.) tells the story of a Tennessee family of freed slaves who make their way north to begin a new life in Indiana. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"A good read with an interesting historical background. (Fiction. 8-10)"
A child's experience on a whaling ship in 1851 is brought to life in this fictional account based on two real whaling families' journals and diaries. Read full book review >

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GOING WEST by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A fine prelude or companion to Wilder's books, especially the perceptive illustrations. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A seven-year-old narrates the experiences of her family of five: setting out from their home in the East (Mama cries at leaving her sisters and her piano); leading the cow behind their covered wagon; building a log cabin on the prairie; the troubles of a first year (a failed crop and the loneliness before a neighbor moves in); renewed hope in the spring. Read full book review >