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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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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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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STEEL by Carrie Vaughn
ADVENTURE
Released: March 15, 2011

"Through her assertive, appealing protagonist and a satisfying plot that sheds light on lesser-known aspects of pirate life, Vaughn introduces readers to an intriguing sport with an ancient pedigree. (author's note, glossary of fencing terms) (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
In a thoroughly enjoyable take on the historical time-travel tale, Jill Archer, vacationing in the Bahamas with her family and depressed at having just missed qualifying for the Junior World Fencing Championships, uncovers the rusty tip of an old sword in the sand. 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 >

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DISCORD’S APPLE by Carrie Vaughn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2010

"Thin and inane."
A fantasy novel that combines modern apocalypse (or close to it), Greek mythology and Roman domestic life…and doesn't work on any level. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A worthy, rich and thoughtful sequel."
Is covert manipulation a better parental and corporate tactic than overt pressure? Vaughn's superpowered sequel to After the Golden Age (2011) attempts to answer that. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND GUARD by J.D. Vaughn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In the matrilineal monarchy of Tequende, when second-born children reach the tender age of 15, their families must surrender them to be trained as the mightiest soldiers in the land, known as the Second Guard. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE by Carrie Vaughn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2011

"For readers who admire Lois Lane more than Superman."
In this warm homage to and deconstruction of classic comic books, a young woman demonstrates that you don't need superpowers to be a hero. Read full book review >