Search Results: "Wendy Popp"


BOOK REVIEW

ONE CANDLE by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Grandpa's comment would be problematic in any event, but out of the mouth of the husband of a Holocaust survivor it is troubling indeed. (Picture book. 6-8)"
This Hanukkah story about a family's ritual reenactment of Grandma and great-aunt Rose's Hanukkah spent at Buchenwald many years ago during the "bad time" propounds a disturbing view of the Holocaust. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE THE SUNRISE BEGINS by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 18, 2010

"Readers probably already know if they will love this or not. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It may be that knowing this is another offering from the author of Old Turtle (1992, illustrated by Cheng-Khee Chee) is all one needs for a decision to buy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"Despite labored storytelling and fairly pedestrian prose, this is an important book because it helps readers understand the false-confession phenomenon, which accounts for a significant percentage of wrongful convictions."
True-crime story with an unusual—and inspiring—angle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

POSITIVELY BEAUTIFUL by Wendy Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 3, 2015

"A heartfelt, three-hankie exploration of a topic all too many teens must confront. (Fiction. 14-16)"
High school junior Erin Bailey's whole life changes when her mother is diagnosed with late stage breast cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE IGUANA by Wendy Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2014

"Readers with a ferocious love of animals will know they've found a kindred spirit. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-14)"
Hypersensitive Clarice isn't just vegan—her empathy for animals runs so deep that she becomes physically ill after witnessing their injury. Read full book review >

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THE SUNDOWN RULE by Wendy Townsend
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Unfolding with the implacable clarity of the natural world Louise reveres, the novel proves that a quiet story can be as gripping as the busiest action-packed narrative—and with more staying power. (Fiction. 8-12)"
This spare, lovely novel concerns that moment in childhood, at once universal and utterly lonely, when one is forced to recognize that all life is mortal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIZARD LOVE by Wendy Townsend
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2008

"While readers warm up to Townsend's cold-blooded creatures, they never really warm up to Grace. (Fiction 11-14)"
Grace loved running wild in her grandparent's woods, playing with frogs and marveling at snakes, until she moved to New York City and left childhood behind. Read full book review >