Search Results: "Travis Foster"


BOOK REVIEW

FOSTER CARE by Nancy Millichap Davies
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1994

"B&w photo insert; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
In The Changing Family series, a journalist surveys the history and current status of foster care and the issues involved in placing children outside their immediate families. Read full book review >

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THE PRINCESS AND...THE PEAS AND CARROTS by Harriet Ziefert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Too finicky by half to have its day in court. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"The Princess and the Pea," courtesy of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.Read full book review >

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DON'T MESS WITH TRAVIS by Bob  Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"A freewheeling political satire that does for politics what Texan Dan Jenkins' antic fictions did for golf and football. Smiley's first novel disproves the notion that conservatives can't be really funny."
In this debut novel, Ben Travis, a lowly state senator in Texas, has stumbled into the job of governor. Read full book review >

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AFTER TUPAC AND D FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Walkmans and bootleg tapes solidify the setting of the previous decade, bringing added authenticity to Woodson's satisfying tale of childhood friendship. (Fiction. YA)"
The summer of 1995 brings D Foster away from her foster home to the block where 12-year-olds Neeka and the unnamed narrator reside. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S NEW AT THE ZOO? by Adolph Green
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Fresh and vintage at the same time; an accompanying CD would have made it perfect. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Can't all the animals just get along? Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Think Mission: Impossible meets Gordon Korman's Son of the Mob (2002), with interwoven family issues providing just the right amount of ballast. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Hatching an ill-considered scheme to escape financial woes by striking it rich in Las Vegas, preteen best buds—one an extreme jock, the other an equally extreme geek—discover, in this breezy debut, that Vegas is nothing like Walla Walla. Read full book review >

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TRAVIS AND THE BETTER MOUSETRAP by Deborah Dennard
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The evolutions of this tale are arbitrary and mechanically carried out; neither Dennard nor Burns, with her pale illustrations, settles into either pure fancy or droll matter-of-factness, but hovers somewhere in between. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When young Travis Jay MacArthur builds a super mechanical trap to eliminate his Aunt Millie's mouse problem, he is amazed to discover that it captures a ``Better Mouse''—a talking, bespectacled mouse almost as tall as he is. Read full book review >

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THE NINE LIVES OF TRAVIS KEATING by Jill MacLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2008

"Not a complicated tale, but not heavy-handed either. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A grieving middle-grader suffers repeated encounters with a vicious bully while finding both solace and allies in efforts to rescue a group of feral cats. Read full book review >

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THE LEGACY OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE by Samuel Cohen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 31, 2012

"The eyes of general readers will glaze reading the lit-crit, blaze (and redden) reading the writers' eulogies."
A potpourri of a literary collection—from exegeses to eulogies—all in memory and honor of Wallace (1962-2008). Read full book review >

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THE LIFE ALL AROUND ME BY ELLEN FOSTER by Kaye Gibbons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Ellen's fortune has improved, but her charm has curdled into self-congratulatory superiority."
After six intervening novels (Divining Women, 2004, etc.), Gibbons returns to the eponymous heroine of her first, Ellen Foster (1987), still plucky and brilliant but no longer beset by hard luck. Read full book review >