Search Results: "Tony Abbott"


BOOK REVIEW

TONY by Ed Galing
Kirkus Star
by Ed Galing, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will hear the 'clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop' in every image of this astonishing book. (Picture book. 2-12)"
Poet Galing (1917-2013) leads Tony, a dairy delivery horse, through the veil of memory, encantatory phrasing—circling and repetitious—calling him plodding from pre-dawn into the present, his sturdy flank barely expanding with the effort. Read full book review >

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WADE AND THE SCORPION'S CLAW by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Mystery and adventure with heart. (Mystery. 8-12)"
After successfully retrieving the first in a series of 12 Copernicus Legacy relics, the Kaplan family sets their sights on retrieving the second. Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE BEGINS by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"A quest just right for readers on the cusp of Percy Jackson. (glossary) (Adventure. 7-10)"
Looking to feed the insatiable appetite of mythology-mad readers comes a new series that brings the legendary characters up close and personal, especially for four elementary students who face off against Greek and Norse monsters. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER OF OWEN TODD by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A horror story based on reality, believably and sensitively constructed in the voice of the young protagonist. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
During the summer between fifth and sixth grades, Owen's best friend is exploited by an adult male babysitter. Read full book review >

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LUNCH-BOX DREAM by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2011

"A laudable attempt to address an unfortunately still-timely subject, this novel feels more like a Modernist experiment than a children's book. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
In 1959 on a Civil War battleground tour, a white northern boy has his own prejudices shaken when he sees Jim Crow in action in a Joycean exploration that seems uncertain of its audience. Read full book review >

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THE POSTCARD by Tony Abbott
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"The characters are annoying (even to each other) and the supposedly compelling mystery Jason finds is a florid, turgid mess. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Jason fears his parents are breaking up. Read full book review >

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TONY BALONEY by Pam Muñoz Ryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"This is likely to soothe the fears of those similarly nervous about their ability to follow the school rules. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Tony Baloney doesn't have to worry about sibling problems today—it's the first day of school. But will he be better able to behave there? Read full book review >

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THE FORBIDDEN STONE by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Equal parts edge-of-your-seat suspense and heartfelt coming-of-age. (Mystery. 8-12)"
Four precocious preteens and a distracted astrophysicist travel to Europe to unravel a mystery that has already claimed several lives. Read full book review >

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FIREGIRL by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"However, Tom's fantasies quickly become repetitive, and several logical inconsistencies keep this from being totally successful, despite its worthy messages. (Fiction 9-12)"
Seventh-grader Tom Bender is nowhere near the in-crowd at St. Read full book review >

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TONY BALONEY by Pam Muñoz Ryan
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"Sage advice well worth offering, as closing scenes of realistically uneasy sibling détente demonstrate. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Stuck between Big Sister and the Bothersome Babies, Tony Baloney the macaroni (penguin, that is) can't help acting out sometimes—which leads to a fast getaway into the cardboard hidey-space in his room "for maybe a year, or maybe twenty minutes" with his best stuffed buddy, Dandelion, followed by a parental admonition to apologize nicely. Read full book review >

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TONY CURTIS by Tony Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Could do very well. (Thirty-five b&w photos—not seen)"
Lippy memoir of actor/painter/novelist Bernard Schwartz, a hard-luck kid from gang-ridden New York who went to Hollywood in his early 20s and became known as Tony Curtis; told with Paris (Louise Brooks, 1989) inserting interviews with Curtis's friends, co-workers, and family members into the otherwise all-Curtis text. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 15, 2006

"A fine companion to Elizabeth Partridge's Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange (1998) and Susan Goldman Rubin's Margaret Bourke-White (1999). (acknowledgments, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Berenice Abbott was a "fierce champion of photographic realism." Read full book review >