Search Results: "Tom Leonard"


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BECOMING BACH by Tom Leonard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An imaginative look at what sparked a musical genius.(Picture book/biography. 4-8)"
Johann Sebastian Bach's early years come to life in a delightful salute to the 17th-century German composer. Read full book review >

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HERE IS THE CORAL REEF by Madeleine Dunphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"The artist varies perspectives, giving viewers the impression that they are not only underwater at eye level with the reef's inhabitants, but sometimes at tooth level. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Set beneath the coral sea of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, this forceful cumulative rhyming tale introduces some of the striking residents of the coral reef ecosystem: "Here is the coral/of all colors and shapes/that lives in clear waters/in this vivid seascape." Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SEA by Kate Riggs
Released: March 7, 2017

"Don't be surprised when toddlers plead for follow-up trips to the aquarium. (Board book. 2-4)"
A board book shows the ins and outs of sea life. Read full book review >

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HERE IS ANTARCTICA by Madeleine Dunphy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Teachers will welcome this appealing introduction but should supplement it with other information. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
A rhythmic, cumulative text and detailed acrylic paintings emphasizing the pinks, blues and grays of the icy sea and sky introduce the relationships among animals in the Antarctic ecosystem. Read full book review >

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ONE SMALL PLACE IN A TREE by Barbara Brenner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"Leonard's bright illustrations match the text well—detailed, but not overly so, with a good sense of movement and life. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)"
Brenner shows young readers two different ways of looking at nature. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 4, 1990

This biography of the volatile basketball coach profits from the author's sense of fairness and objectivity but, lacking Thompson's cooperation and input—and that of friends, associates, and players—fails to get to the man behind the great teams and bitter controversies. Read full book review >

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Released: March 29, 1989

Cullings from the "Missing Links" column that paleontologist Khrishtalka writes for a bimonthly Carnegie Institution magazine. Read full book review >

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TIME’S FOOL by Leonard Tourney
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2004

"The Bard comes off poorly in this faddish incarnation. He fails to use either his imagination or even rudimentary logic to uncover obvious clues, demonstrates no sense of humor (where did those comedies come from?), and is all too similar to his own creation, the mopey, indecisive Hamlet."
Or, "The Dark Lady's Revenge," as characters from William Shakespeare's past revisit him at the peak of his career as England's leading dramatist. Read full book review >

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MY BRAIN ON FIRE by Leonard Pitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"From start to finish, Pitt's memoir is a lively autodidactic romp through a life well-lived in both mind and body."
A theater actor's memoir of a life and way of thinking permanently altered by the seven years he spent as a young man living in 1960s Paris. Read full book review >

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UP IN HONEY’S ROOM by Elmore Leonard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"Despite constant threats of violence and occasional doses of same, the lazy plot is almost an afterthought to the spectacle of a bunch of 'useless spy ring guys' as compulsive as windup toys, and about as consequential."
Tulsa deputy U.S. Marshal Carl Webster, his hell-raising reputation secured by The Hot Kid (2005), tangles with Nazis in a slow-motion dance in wartime Detroit. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1956

"Flying fists and bullets."
A prisoner at Five Shadows, a territorial penal institution, is offered the chance, by Karla, to try for acquittal by law, or to gamble on escaping, by Lizann, with a gun. Read full book review >