Search Results: "Wes Tooke"


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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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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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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 >

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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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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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FOUNTAIN SOCIETY by Wes Craven
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"You probably won't be missing much if you wait for the movie."
A nifty premise and several imaginative unforeseen developments are the chief pleasures of this otherwise fairly generic biomedical thriller, the first novel from horror-film director Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, etc.). Read full book review >

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JUST DUST by Wes Choc
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"A philosophical, anecdotal, and engaging account about an unlikely veteran."
An author details his varied duties as a Marine during the Vietnam War in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

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THE WORK by Wes Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"An inspired story of a passionate American who has delved into a variety of livelihoods and made a distinctive mark on each."
Moore further explores his life's accomplishments and struggles and the everyday significance of "fate and meaning." Read full book review >

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CARRY MY BONES by J. Wes Yoder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2006

"Framed around the Auburn-Alabama football season, the novel possesses a Faulknerian thrust, yet feels emotionally listless and lyrically deflated."
A mismatched trio of male friends take off on the lam in Yoder's quietly moving first novel, set in rural Alabama. 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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THIS WAY HOME by Wes Moore
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A taut, haunting tragedy. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Lifelong best friends and basketball teammates Elijah, Dylan, and Michael become reluctantly entangled with a Baltimore street gang. Read full book review >