Search Results: "Tracy Vaughn Zimmer"


BOOK REVIEW

SKETCHES FROM A SPY TREE by Tracy Vaughn Zimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 27, 2005

"Of special interest to readers who may themselves be facing a shift in family structure. (Poetry. 8-11)"
Readers are never told why Dad—cut from a photo "with five quick snips / crumple his face / like an empty gum wrapper, / which is just what he deserves"—left his family two years before, but his departure seems to spur 11-year-old Anne Marie's sometimes-angry musings. Read full book review >

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REACHING FOR SUN by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Readers living with a disability or trying to understand others seem like the target audience, but Josie's voice has a universal appeal. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Josie's cerebral palsy has made her an outsider at school, but at home she is one of three strong women with a rewarding routine. Read full book review >

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SPENCER TRACY by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A monumental, definitive biography of one the finest film actors in the history of the medium."
Spencer Tracy (1900-1967), warts and all. Read full book review >

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THE FLOATING CIRCUS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

This rousing adventure set in 1852 Pittsburgh introduces readers to Owen and Zach, two boys from a poor white family who have been abandoned into the care of an orphanage. Read full book review >

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POLLY VAUGHN by Barry  Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A mostly successful attempt to clothe a classic tale in new attire. (Fiction. 8-14)"
As he did with Andersen's The Tinderbox (1990), Moser transplants a traditional British ballad with interesting parallels to Romeo and Juliet to Appalachia, a likely enough setting for the tragedy of a young man who, mistaking his beloved for a deer, shoots her and then is hanged for murder. Read full book review >

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STEADY HANDS by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2009

"Compiled photographs, papers and household objects create multifaceted collages and textured backdrops, and the result is an intriguing, albeit offbeat, examination of the world of work. (Picture book/poetry. 9-13)"
Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" receives an invigorating revival in this poetry collection that illuminates the pressures and pleasures of work, including some 34 career choices. Read full book review >

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42 MILES by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2008

"Embellished with Clayton's scrapbook-like black-and-white illustrations, the free-verse text traces the hopes and fears of a thoughtful teen who optimistically merges the best of her two lives into an even better 'new me.' (Fiction/poetry. 9-12)"
Living separate lives to please her divorced parents, a young girl struggles to define herself. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF TRACY BEAKER by Jacqueline Wilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"By the end, Cam has still not come around—but readers may be too annoyed by Tracy's rude, aggressive character to care. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Wilson pushes so much pain between the lines of this portrait of a foster child with the personality of a steamroller that it comes off less a lightweight tribute to human resilience than a pathos-ridden tale of children acting out as they nurse profound inner wounds. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2009

"The many indifferent, sophomoric essays here will give Tracy fans information about his early work; the best ones will give them reasons to see it."
The obscure, often deservedly so, early films in which Spencer Tracy forged his screen persona are dusted off in this uneven collection of essays from the New England Vintage Film Society. Read full book review >

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MARION ZIMMER BRADLEY’S ANCESTORS OF AVALON by Diana L. Paxson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2004

"For die-hard fans."
Another prequel to Bradley's bestselling feminist take on Arthurian legend. Read full book review >

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BANNERLESS by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2017

"A slight but well-crafted and heartfelt effort."
Vaughn, who's competent in many subgenres, eschews werewolves (Kitty Saves the World, 2015), superheroes (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014), dragons (Refuge of Dragons, 2017), and spacefarers (Martians Abroad, 2017) for a smaller-scale story, an intimate post-apocalyptic mystery. Read full book review >