Search Results: "Varian Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREAT GREENE HEIST by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2014

"The elaborate bait and switch of this fast-paced, funny caper novel will surprise its readers as much as the victims. They'll want to reread immediately so they can admire the setup. (Fiction. 10-15)"
Trying to go straight, troublemaker Jackson Greene succumbs to the lure of the con when it appears Maplewood Middle School's student-council election is being rigged against his friend Gaby de la Cruz. Read full book review >

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SAVING MADDIE by Varian Johnson
Released: March 9, 2010

"Unfortunately, the cover condemns this book to Girls Only. (Fiction. YA)"
Five years after Maddie, then a blossoming 13-year-old, left, she's back for the summer in small-town Conway, S.C., all grown up with low-cut dresses to prove it, serving "penance" for the reputation she's acquired. Read full book review >

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TO CATCH A CHEAT by Varian Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A doctored video showing Jackson Greene and his eighth-grade friends sneaking in to clog Maplewood Middle School toilets pulls the former prankster and his crew into an elaborate set of strategies to catch the perpetrator and foil a couple of would-be cheaters in the process. Read full book review >

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THE GATHERING STORM by H.K. Varian
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2016

"A fresh look at a familiar concept, with a consciously diverse approach. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
Makoto "Mack" Kimura is suitably skeptical when his seventh-period independent study is revealed as training for Changers, or shape-shifters. Read full book review >

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HENRY CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Young readers may not understand concepts of tax protest and slavery, but would welcome reading another story about a familiar and unique character whose deep moral convictions are expressed in simple, daily deeds. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In his third book about Henry David Thoreau, Johnson describes a more complex concept: how people can change bad laws without fighting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MOUSE'S TALE by Pamela Johnson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1991

"Unusually appealing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In her first solo effort, an accomplished illustrator (Stolz's fantasies; science books about animals) describes a mouse who, wanting to go to sea, considers many progressively smaller vessels (ship, ferry, rowboat, etc.) before imaginatively constructing her own boat of natural materials. Read full book review >

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FIRE AND SILK by Neil Johnson
NONFICTION
Released: May 1, 1991

``Fire and silk'' is a poetic description of the hot air and polyester that really form these genial giants. Read full book review >

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NOW LET ME FLY by Dolores Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Excellent author's note. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Minna narrates her kidnapping by slave traders as a child in Africa and the rough passage to America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC BEACH by Crockett Johnson
FANTASY
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"As in so much else, she was right—but it does make a handsomely packaged artifact for adult readers of children's literature. (Picture book. Adult)"
Issued with revisions in 1965 as Castles in the Sand, with early 60s-ish illustrations by Betty Fraser, this philosophical tale appears here in its original form, beneath Johnson's own rough, expressive sketches—sandwiched between an eloquent appreciation of both author and art by Maurice Sendak, and a publishing history by renowned scholar Philip Nel. Read full book review >

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ALPHABET SCHOOL by Stephen Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Not only does Johnson once again take something simple and make it extraordinary, but he will inspire readers to do the same. (Alphabet book. 4-8)"
The multiple-award-winning illustrator takes a page from his own book—Alphabet City (1995), that is—and creates a graphic-alphabet book that will have students searching their own schools for letters. Read full book review >

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MAGRITTE'S MARVELOUS HAT by D.B. Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2012

"Arty, amusing and exceedingly clever. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Johnson recasts René Magritte as a dapper, blue-eyed hound and incorporates the painter's surreal iconography into a visual tour de force. Read full book review >

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HENRY BUILDS A CABIN by D.B. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 25, 2002

"Readers will be waiting for more of Henry. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In an effective retelling of Henry David Thoreau's cabin-building project, Johnson relates with light-hearted humor how Henry builds a cabin barely big enough for himself. Read full book review >