Search Results: "Valerie Coulman"


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SINK OR SWIM by Valerie Coulman
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Ralph's example could mooooove readers to take on preconceived limitations with like optimism and determination. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Carping critics may object to Coulman's use of the word "cows" to describe two bovines of the male persuasion, but young readers in search or need of empowerment stories will enjoy this splashy sequel to When Pigs Fly (2001). Read full book review >

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MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >

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SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

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THE GLORY WIND by Valerie Sherrard
CLASSICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"This haunting depiction of small-mindedness will leave readers wondering, as Luke comes to, about Gracie's true nature: heavenly child—or angel? (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
Set on the Canadian prairie, as was Tumbleweed Skies (2009), Sherrard's latest movingly documents 11-year-old Luke's coming of age in 1946 as he comes to deeply love his new neighbor, Gracie, also 11. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2008

Many of her peers and relations no doubt would have referred to Electra Havemeyer Webb as a woman "with more money than sense." Read full book review >

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CAROLINA CROW GIRL by Valerie Hobbs
Released: March 19, 1999

"It's an unusual story, with interesting characters and a strong plot, and it's fair to say that Crow steals the show, teaching Carolina how to accept change and to fly in spite of it. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Carolina's life is not a perfect one, but she's content. Read full book review >

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STEFAN’S STORY by Valerie Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2003

"Hobbs raises interesting issues regarding Stefan's disability, but even the Zach subplot can't jumpstart this one. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Stefan Crouch, 13 and an amateur naturalist, journeys to Oregon to visit his best friend Carolina, whom he has not seen for two years. Read full book review >

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WAS IT SOMETHING I SAID? by Valerie Block
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"From the peculiar angst of the rich and workaholic to the pinball rhythms of America's eternally boyish men, Block has taken the pulse of love in the '90s with verve and panache."
Miracles do happen: an urban love story, Manhattan-set, in which the fact that two lovers have everything stacked against them—insanely controlling parents, manic workplaces, and their own confused selves—results in a brilliantly funny and even wise first novel. Read full book review >

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WRAPPED IN RAINBOWS by Valerie Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2003

"Brings one of the most pivotal figures in 20th-century literature brilliantly to life. (25 b&w photos, not seen. Published in conjunction with the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities in Eatonville, Florida.)"
From Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor and critic Boyd, a definitive biography of the groundbreaking novelist, playwright, and anthropologist. Read full book review >

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TRESPASS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A brilliant must-read from Martin (The Unfinished Novel and Other Stories, 2006, etc.), who captures the zeitgeist of contemporary America within a deeply personal context."
What seems at first a tightly focused domestic drama about a middle-aged couple's reaction to their son's new girlfriend broadens onto a large socio-political canvas as liberal values run smack into fear of foreign invasiveness. Read full book review >

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SEVEN LOVES by Valerie Trueblood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2006

"A masterful work—its emotional range and the poetry of its language evoke Virginia Woolf, and its attention to detail will remind readers of Anita Brookner's work."
Unconventionally structured debut novel about a conventional, but moving, life. Read full book review >

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