Search Results: "Wes Tooke"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Nourishing fare for Matt Christopher graduates. (Sports fiction. 10-12)"
A boy takes first steps on the road to physical and emotional recovery from a bout with polio, thanks to help from a solid new friend and a baseball hero. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"With no hook to pull young readers in or warmth to cheer them, it reads like an extended and unimaginative exercise in adult nostalgia. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In 1961, the New York Yankees' Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were in competition to see who might break Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a baseball season. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2010

"A testament to the importance of youth mentoring; includes an afterword by Tavis Smiley and a guide to more than 200 youth-service groups nationwide."
A story about two young African-American men who share the same name and grew up on the same inner-city streets, but wound up in vastly different places. Read full book review >

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DISCOVERING WES MOORE by Wes Moore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Though awkward, this adaptation still makes for a hopeful and inspiring story. (Memoir. 12 & up)"
This story, an adaptation for young people of the adult memoir The Other Wes Moore (2008), explores the lives of two young African-American men who share the same name and grew up impoverished on the same inner-city streets but wound up taking completely different paths. Read full book review >

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BALLPARK BLUES by C.W. Tooke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2003

"Maybe not a homer—it gets a bit preachy toward the end—but a ringing double off Fenway's Green Monster."
Savvier than The Natural, almost as sad as Bang the Drum Slowly, Tooke's vastly entertaining debut is, like all good baseball novels, about more than just baseball. Read full book review >

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Parchment by Wes Davies
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Despite some pacing issues, a promising start to a new series."
Three young siblings find themselves transported back in time to the 1453 fall of Constantinople at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the first entry in Davies' YA saga. Read full book review >

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BREAK by Wes Grant
Released: Feb. 19, 2011

"Great potential for a comic-book rendering but still commendable in its novel form and certain to appease superhero buffs."
A young man uses his newfound ability to readily access his adrenaline to stop injustice and protect the innocent in Jersey City, in this first of a proposed series. Read full book review >

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THE ARIADNE OBJECTIVE by Wes Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An exciting, earnestly narrated World War II story."
Davis (editor: An Anthology of Modern Irish Poetry, 2010) tells the story of the Cretan soldiers who struck a blow to German morale during World War II. Read full book review >

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VAPORS by Wes DeMott
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 1999

"DeMott (Walking K, not reviewed) has little to offer thriller aficionados other than implausible characters, clumsy dialogue, unlikely plot twists, and violence, violence, violence. (First printing of 40,000; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
It's about corruption in high places, it's about the FBI, it's about undying love, but most of all it's about people shooting other people. Read full book review >

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LOGAN'S LEAP by Wes  Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"Fans of Westerns will enjoy this unusual, if flawed, contribution to the genre."
In Barry's debut novel, a billionaire playboy trades a luxurious but ultimately meaningless life for one filled with adventure when a scandal tarnishes his reputation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"Of interest to the legions of Carolina fans, but others should wait until the season starts to get their basketball fix."
Former Tar Heel basketball player chronicles his senior season. Read full book review >