Search Results: "Valerie Mih"


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THE THREE PANDAS by Valerie Mih
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2011

"But the design is clever, and the visuals (along with the unfailingly adorable pandas themselves) make it worth a look. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
A modern take on "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" features a charming style of animation and a lovable family of pandas. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BEST DAYS OF SUMMER by Valerie Hobbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2010

"Engaging and thoughtful, if a trifle overdetermined. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lucy's last-week-of-August visits to her grandmother Luz, a potter, at the lake have long been a highlight of her summers. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

This well-documented resource, designed to support the social-science curricula in elementary- and middle-school classrooms, offers clear instructions on how to make 54 hands-on activities that celebrate the beauty and diversity of the Latino culture in the United States. Read full book review >

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SHEEP by Valerie Hobbs
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 2006

"The attitude that carries Jack through adventure after adventure to nothing short of a fairy-tale ending—complete with sheep—will win readers over and keep them rooting for him all the way. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A Border collie, down on his luck, searches for his life's work: a few good sheep. Read full book review >

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FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The characterizations are solid, and while the narrative seems to amble, all the elements converge in an ending that will leave readers thoughtful and shaken. (Fiction. 12+)"
In the late 1950s Bron Lewis sees her life as over when her family, nearly broke, moves from New Jersey to the sleepy California town of Ojala after her father's failed suicide attempt. Read full book review >

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SEARCH PARTY by Valerie Trueblood
Released: July 16, 2013

"Trueblood (Mary or Burn, 2010, etc.) is a writer to follow."
An uneven collection that contains a few outstanding examples of the art of the short story. Read full book review >

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THE UNEXPECTED DUCHESS by Valerie Bowman
ROMANCE
Released: April 29, 2014

"A fun, smart comedy of errors and a sexy, satisfying romance."
Sharp-tongued Lady Lucy Upton is determined to save her friend from an unwanted courtship by the newly minted Duke of Claringdon, but she never expects that standing up to him will draw the arrogant—and handsome—man her way. Read full book review >

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SURVIVORS by Valerie Nieman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A potentially powerful work that fails itself through lack of focus."
A slim novel, both in its emotion and construction, set in 1972, centering on a family coming to grips with the death of a son and the closing of their small town's factory. Read full book review >

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THE UNLIKELY LADY by Valerie Bowman
ROMANCE
Released: May 5, 2015

"But overall, Bowman keeps her prose and characters fresh and interesting; her book is an entertaining renewal of a classic plotline and well worth reading."
A bookish young woman tries to convince her mother she's just not marriage material in this Regency romance inspired by Much Ado About Nothing, but her mother has the last laugh. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 19, 1993

"Solid historical fare, then, with a nice balance of reconstructed history and invented characters, along with their domestic turmoil."
A third entry in Anand's chronicles of conflicts in high and low places in English history (Crown of Roses, 1989; The Proud Villeins, 1992). Read full book review >

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Released: March 25, 1993

"As usual, Anand stages history nicely, though her books seldom compel as fiction."
The second installment in Anand's Bridges Over Time series (launched last year with The Proud Villains), which does Medieval English history from the points of view of its lowliest—a passel of serfs in East Anglia, who, here especially, look at a person as though they ``wanted to rob you, or eat you.'' That's what can be seen in the eyes of Isabel of Northfield, wife of Alfred Plowman as the story commences. Read full book review >

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THE CHERISHED WIVES by Valerie Anand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Closeted, claustrophobic domestica, but with convincing historical Indian detail."
Book five in the author's Bridges Over Time series wherein beset men and women confront history's buffets and bounty—from 1036 on. Read full book review >