Search Results: "Valerie Sherrard"


BOOK REVIEW

TUMBLEWEED SKIES by Valerie Sherrard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2010

"Quiet moments like that abound and effectively convey a remarkable level of feeling, making this a worthy and moving purchase. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
During an economic downturn in 1954, ten-year-old Ellie's father is forced to leave her for the summer with her maternal grandmother and Uncle Roger, people she's never known. 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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FIGHT BACK by Brent R. Sherrard
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Hard-won insight neatly depicted. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A boy who has survived years of neglect and abuse get his chance to fight back by becoming a boxer. 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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THE ACCIDENTAL COUNTESS by Valerie Bowman
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Bowman is one to watch."
A group of friends performs a complicated ruse to help Lady Cassandra Monroe woo her cousin's intended in this Regency romance that borrows liberally from The Importance of Being Earnest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"But she moves too quickly from one generation to the next, resulting in cartoony characters and a historical backdrop that flies by like a movie on fast forward."
Herein, the commencement of a series by the author of such historical divertissements as Crown of Roses and King of the Wood (both 1989). Read full book review >

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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Well researched, well crafted: sure to be welcomed in women's-studies programs."
A myth-dispelling look at the work of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, illuminating their debt to the unrecognized female storytellers who provided them with most of the tales in their collections. Read full book review >