Search Results: "Virginia Wright-Frierson"


BOOK REVIEW

A DESERT SCRAPBOOK by Virginia Wright-Frierson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Exemplary science writing. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)"
Subtitled ``Dawn to Dusk in the Sonoran Desert,'' this is a fascinating personal introduction to the ecology of a desert. Read full book review >

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WE'RE GROWING TOGETHER by Candice F. Ransom
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1993

"Likable and useful. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little girl describes the year or so after her mother's remarriage, in incidents that signify her growing relationship with her stepfather. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ORCHESTRA PIT by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"Back at the right pit, the snake twists into a treble clef—a charming endnote. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A snake meandering into "the wrong pit" leads readers through this appealing introduction to an orchestra and its instruments—brass, wind instruments, strings and percussion. Read full book review >

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BUNNIES ON ICE by Johanna Wright
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A healthy if impersonal dose of self-affirmation delivered by a cast with long, fetching bunny ears. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Bursting with confidence, a young skater describes what it takes to be a champion (at least in her own mind) in this wobbly but amusing manifesto. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BANDITS by Johanna Wright
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"An enjoyable take on a nocturnal, urban animal's habits in an accessible story that, with illustrations in better sync, might have resulted in a refreshing outcome. Unfortunately, the result here is pedestrian. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rascally raccoons plunder and play in the night without consequence in Wright's (The Secret Circus, 2009) latest work. Read full book review >

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PLAIN CITY by Virginia Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Subtle, wise, complex— superb. (Fiction. 9-13)"
At 12, Bulaire has reason to ponder her identity; a bright, prickly loner, she wonders if her looks—changeable blue-green eyes, "golden Rasta twists," pale skin that summer tans "to near-chocolate lightly washed in burnt orange"—are why she's at odds with her darker friends and relatives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUISH by Virginia Hamilton
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The three children in Leo and Diane Dillons' jacket painting are misleadingly grave, but the designs in their knit caps and scarves evoke the author's poetic, richly textured prose. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A child coming off chemotherapy wins new friends and acceptance from her class in this short, upbeat tale from Hamilton (Second Cousins, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEVEN SPIELBERG by Virginia Meachum
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, most readers will find this no-frills, serviceable biography worth perusing. (chronology, filmography, footnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11+)"
An entry in the People to Know series about the film director and producer, from his childhood as a Jew in non-Jewish communities through his establishment of DreamWorks SKG. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2003

"Engaging, even while some of the author's ideas fail to coalesce."
An examination of the nature of decoration and adornment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BROWN-EYED GIRL by Virginia Swift
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 2000

"It's inspiring to drink in her passionate view of middle age and her insistence that one's character outlasts one's youth and indiscretions."
A soaring debut from Swift, who combines a bittersweet romance, resumed after a 20-year hiatus, with academic infighting, paramilitary paranoia, and a puzzle dating back to WWII. Read full book review >