Search Results: "Trudy Krisher"


BOOK REVIEW

UNCOMMON FAITH by Trudy Krisher
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"A cast of drunken husbands and wise or foolish or compassionate older women round out a tale that opens with a tragic barn fire and closes with the origins of Mount Holyoke and the hidden courage of the Underground Railroad. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Krisher's mesmerizing read takes place from the summer of 1837 to the fall of 1838 in Millbrook, Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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SPITE FENCES by Trudy Krisher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Through Krisher's (Kathy's Hats, 1992) stunning narrative and achingly real characters, Maggie's pain and redemption are brought to vivid life. (Fiction. 12+)"
Maggie Pugh, a 13-year-old white girl, lives in the ironically named town of Kinship, Ga., in 1960. Read full book review >

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FALLOUT by Trudy Krisher
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A rich novel full of topics for discussion and a good match with Ellen Levine's Catch a Tiger by the Toe (2005) and Karen Cushman's The Loud Silence of Francine Green (August 2006). (timeline) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Opening with Hurricane Carol and closing with Hurricane Hazel, Krisher explores the storms of human nature and the "human tendency to factions and cliques, to whisperings and rumors, to control and power." Read full book review >

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KINSHIP by Trudy Krisher
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Returning to the small Georgia town in which she set her memorable debut, Spite Fences (1994), Krisher explores the difference between kin and family in a painful story rich in local flavor and authentic feeling. Read full book review >

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KATHY'S HATS by Trudy Krisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An author's note sets the book in this context and explains that it is based on her own daughter's experience; Westcott's perceptive, freely drawn illustrations are painted in cheerfully attractive colors. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Kathy describes the hats she's worn since she was a baby- -winter cap, sunbonnet, Easter finery—until the year she gets cancer and chemotherapy leaves her with a new need for hats that makes her dislike them for the first time. Read full book review >

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MANETTE'S CAFE by Trudy Gray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2013

"An engaging historical tale of self-discovery in the early 20th century."
An inspiring(Flax Flower, 2006)historical novel about a woman determined to survive life's challenges at any cost. Read full book review >

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TABLE OF EVERYTHING by Trudy White
FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Young creative writers and fans of the unconventional will be amused, entertained—and maybe even inspired by—these quirky vignettes. (Short stories. YA)"
In a hard-to-categorize debut, Australian White lets her imagination run free with 17 short first-person . . . well, pieces, for lack of a more specific term: one introduces a friend who adds a wing to her house for her pencil collection; another pictures memory as a labyrinthine archive run by scurrying sugar ants; in another, she presents the sounds on her street as a "Concerto For Autumn" ("Section two is punctuated by sudden door slams—house and car . . ."), then describes the "concerto's" CD cover. Read full book review >

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DEADLY EMBRACE by Trudy Labovitz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A fussy narrative style and an oversupply of extraneous characters and plot lines mire the author's attractive heroine in details a lot less rewarding than she is."
Think little Russell Creek, West Virginia, offers little scope for a budding sleuth? Read full book review >

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THE ROYAL TREASURE MEASURE by Trudy Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Though it is regrettable that in neither story nor note is the metric system, the international standard, mentioned, still, save about half an inch (or roughly 1 cm) on your shelves for this one. (Math picture book. 4-8)"
A clever princess and a simple man solve a measurement problem and find true love in this fairy-tale-like math story. Read full book review >

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SAY SOMETHING, PERICO by Trudy Harris
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A welcome, if a little long, tale of belonging and bilingualism. (Spanish glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Bored with a parrot's life in a pet store, Spanish-speaking Perico wants a permanent home. Read full book review >

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TROUBLE TALK by Trudy Ludwig
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"While it's unlikely to be any child's favorite read-aloud, an above-average presentation makes it a surprisingly successful picture book. (author's note, discussion questions, additional resources) (Picture book. 5-8)"
This purposive tale about gossip has great potential as a discussion starter. Read full book review >

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SPLITTING THE HERD by Trudy Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Julian's illustrations are bright, with cattle faces as friendly and expressive as the humans' and the occasional playful background detail, and a good fit with Harris's bouncy rhyming text, which is packed with lessons that go down easy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Neighboring ranchers Emma and Kirby use simple arithmetic to keep their cattle sorted out. Read full book review >