Search Results: "Ursula Dubosarsky"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOLDEN DAY by Ursula Dubosarsky
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Read this slender mystery for the meticulous prose and characterization, not for the plot. (Historical mystery. 12-18)"
Eleven schoolgirls are haunted by their teacher's inexplicable disappearance during a field trip in this atmospheric mystery set in Vietnam War-era Sydney. Read full book review >

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THE RED SHOE by Ursula Dubosarsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

Three sisters growing up in an isolated area of Sydney have to cope not only with significant world and local happenings but also their largely absent and mentally unstable sailor father; his brother, who seems to visit mostly when Dad is away; and their possibly unfaithful mother. Read full book review >

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REX by Ursula Dubosarsky
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Young readers, dinophiles and (if there are any) otherwise, will be eager to answer the closing question: 'What would you do if Rex came to visit you?' (Picture book. 6-8)"
A small, shy-looking chameleon is transformed into a giant dinosaur each night in this imagination-stretching import. Read full book review >

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THE TERRIBLE PLOP by Ursula Dubosarsky
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"Again!' (Picture book. 3-6)"
"Six little rabbits / Down by the lake / Munching on carrots / And chocolate cake"—until they hear a dreadful plop! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WORD SNOOP by Ursula Dubosarsky
Released: July 1, 2009

"Riddle's simple cartoons, often visual puns, enhance the playful nature of this thoroughly engaging, well-crafted primer. (timeline, glossary, code key) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Fascinating facts about words and the English language abound in this giddy Australian import (The Word Spy, 2008), narrated by the exuberant "Word Snoop," who discloses her discoveries to her "dear readers" in a chatty, conspiratorial style. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

URSULA, UNDER by Ingrid Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2004

"Wildly uneven, awesomely ambitious: a mess, in fact, but you can't help but be impressed by the author's commitment and boldness."
Hill (Dixie Church Interstate Blues, stories, not reviewed) lards 2,500 years of history and misery onto the 17-hours-and-27-minutes-long drama of a little girl's rescue from a mineshaft. Read full book review >

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DONNY AND URSULA SAVE THE WORLD by Sharon Weil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2013

"A fun, raucous eco-novel."
A comic novel in which an unlikely pair foils a dastardly government plot. Read full book review >

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CASTLE HANGNAIL by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"An appealing protagonist, lots of action, clever, witty writing, witchcraft and evildoers who get nothing but what they deserve—what's not to love? (Fantasy. 10-16)"
Castle Hangnail is in desperate need of a new Master; 12-year-old budding Wicked Witch Molly might be just the person to fill the position. Read full book review >

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GIANT TROUBLE by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Clever wordplay, wonderful character banter, and stinky humor make this outing another giant success. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 7-12)"
Hamster princess Harriet faces a big problem in this "Jack and the Beanstalk" retelling. Read full book review >

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HARRIET THE INVINCIBLE by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Creatively fresh and feminist, with laughs on every single page. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 8-12)"
This new series from Dragonbreath's Vernon puts a wild spin on "Sleeping Beauty." Read full book review >

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NIGHTMARE OF THE IGUANA by Ursula Vernon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"'It's impossible! It's unnatural! It's weird!' exclaims Suki. Readers will echo Danny's response: 'Good enough for me!' (Graphic hybrid fantasy. 8-11)"
Tasked with driving a fearsome Dream Wasp away from Wendell, their nerdy reptilian buddy, Danny Dragonbreath and Suki the salamander crawl into his sleeping brain. Eeeww. Read full book review >

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LAIR OF THE BAT MONSTER by Ursula Vernon
ADVENTURE
Released: March 17, 2011

"Cool!' (Graphic hybrid fantasy. 8-11)"
More charged up than daunted by encounters in previous episodes with vampire squid, ninja frogs and a fearsome were-wiener, irrepressible dragonling Danny charges off into the Mexican jungle to visit Cousin Steve, a feathered lizard and bat scientist. Read full book review >