Search Results: "Virginia Frances Schwartz"


BOOK REVIEW

4 KIDS IN 5E AND 1 CRAZY YEAR by Virginia Frances Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"An inspiration to writing teachers and to those who struggle with life or literacy. (Fiction. 4-6)"
A stimulating class environment that will change their lives is the last thing the four put-upon narrators in 5E expect when they are reassigned, along with a group of their culturally diverse fifth-grade classmates, to a more intimate class with a new teacher, Miss Hill. Read full book review >

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MESSENGER by Virginia Frances Schwartz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Readers who stay the course will be rewarded with an affecting tale of hardships overcome. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Schwartz (If I Just Had Two Wings, not reviewed, etc.) draws on family history for this ponderous but lyrically written tale of a growing clan of Croatian immigrants struggling to get by in Depression-era Canada. Read full book review >

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NUTZ! by Virginia Frances Schwartz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2012

"A sometimes-funny animal tale with an appropriately feel-good ending, sure to please feline fanciers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A fat feline faces a depressing diet and the addition of a tail-less squirrel to his household. What's a cat to do? Read full book review >

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BERMUDA SCHWARTZ by Bob Morris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"The sunken-relic plot is serviceable, the Trimmingham subplot rather better. Zack himself remains an anti-authoritarian guy with attitude to spare who's just not as funny as he thinks he is."
Zack Chasteen, ex-football-playing ex-con, continues his tour of the Caribbean with a Bermuda idyll that mixes three parts rum to one part Da Vinci Code. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCES DANCES by Ilene Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 1991

"Illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 9-11)"
An entry in the ``Frances in the Fourth Grade'' series, which begins in a companion volume when the heroine's best friend moves away in Frances Takes a Chance (also 7/3/91). Read full book review >

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VIRGINIA HAMILTON by Julie K. Rubini
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2017

"A biography worthy of the larger-than-life Virginia Hamilton. (Biography. 10-16)"
If the children you know think biographies are boring, this one will make them reconsider. Read full book review >

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CONCORD, VIRGINIA by Peter Neofotis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"A patchy collection—sparse in places, repetitive in others."
Uneven debut offers a nod to the Southern tradition of oral storytelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WEST VIRGINIA by Joe Halstead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"No Look Homeward Angel this; rather a hapless family and road-trip blues."
In Halstead's debut, young Jamie Paddock is pulled home to the hard-worn, poverty-stricken West Virginia mountains by the apparent suicide of his father. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VIRGINIA WOOLF by Julia Briggs
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"A sober, sympathetic profile that amply fulfills the author's goal: 'to lead readers back to [Woolf's] work with a fresh sense of what they might find there.'"
Exemplary literary biography eschewing Bloomsbury gossip and psycho-sexual speculation in favor of what really matters: the English writer's groundbreaking writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCES AND BERNARD by Carlene Bauer
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Disappointing."
Debut novelist Bauer pens an epistolary novel whose protagonists lead insular, self-absorbed and very dull lives. Read full book review >