Search Results: "Wendy Harmer"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"The net result is an entertaining, thought-provoking read. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
The title says it all: Losing her cell phone triggers a cascade of ever-widening techno-disasters for Elly Pickering, the book's high-functioning Aussie protagonist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"Fits snugly on the shelf of books by European-Americans who acquired native lore, but transcends the category with its prose."
A continuation of Harmer's first memoir (Going Native, not reviewed) and of his apprenticeship to Okanogan Indian elder Clayton Tommy Jr. Read full book review >

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THE CHOLENT BRIGADE by Michael  Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"It's touching to see a town where kindness is no surprise. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This picture book is entirely predictable, and that may be a good thing. Read full book review >

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BOO! IT'S HALLOWEEN by Wendy Watson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"A nicely understated change of pace from the more garish books for this holiday. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Continuing her holiday series (A Valentine for You, 1991), Watson uses here the same appealing characters and New England setting, cozily set forth in an assortment of cartoon-style vignettes and more expansive illustrations; but this time she takes a somewhat different tack with a text that includes less traditional material: While the straightforward narrative describes preparations and kids making their trick-or-treat rounds, the characters (pets, too) in the pictures are asking riddle-jokes that bid fair to steal the show (``What...do ghosts wear?'' ``Boo jeans!''). Read full book review >

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ANTS IN MY PANTS by Wendy Mould
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 17, 2001

"Mould's lovely line-and-wash drawing keep this contest of wills from ever having too sharp an edge. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Talk about imaginary friends—this entire bestiary is conjured to rescue Jacob from a morning of shopping with his mother. Read full book review >

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RABBIT STEW by Wendy Wahman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A book that forgoes the basics of comprehension in pursuit of purposeful misdirection. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A tale of foxes and rabbit goes for a twist ending. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Absolutely no villains—even the witch who cast the spell gets to turn herself into a cat to accompany her feline companion—and a bunch of supportive parents, siblings and buddies make for a squeaky-clean read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A reasonably charming middle-grade version of "Beauty and the Beast" has little bite. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Although this could have used a tighter focus, tweens may actually relate to the playground politics, get caught up with the suspenseful plot and appreciate the accessibility of arithmetic, thanks to Lichtman's lucid descriptions and drawings. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Told in the first person, this debut set in an Oakland, Calif., middle school sacrifices telling details of setting and character to competing plot lines and a tricky premise involving math. Read full book review >

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ALL WE HAVE LEFT by Wendy Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Both a poignant contemplation on 9/11 and a necessary intervention in this current political climate. (timeline, author's note) (Fiction. 13-18)"
This election cycle, with its exacerbated Islamophobia, makes author Mills' (Positively Beautiful, 2015) fictive meditation on 9/11 and the 15 years after especially timely. Read full book review >

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FARM FATALE by Wendy Holden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2002

"Wickedly funny comedy of manners: oddballs, hilarious one-liners, and some very bad puns."
Sophisticated Londoners opt for country chic, in a third farce by Holden (Bad Heir Day, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >