Search Results: "Wil Clay"


BOOK REVIEW

CLAY by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2001

A powerful novel explores the toll that abduction by a non-custodial parent takes on one girl's identity. Read full book review >

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CLAY by David Almond
FANTASY
Released: July 25, 2006

"A memorable tale that raises provocative questions. (Fiction. 12+)"
What if your wish for revenge against a bully could come true? Read full book review >

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CLAY by Melissa Harrison
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Juxtaposing often-overlooked everyday natural beauty and man-made ugliness makes for some lovely, laudable prose, but there's not enough meat here for a full-length novel."
In a small, inner-city park in England, cycles of life are marked by the turning seasons and the interactions of a handful of characters—a neglected boy, a lonely immigrant, an elderly widow. Read full book review >

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THE REAL McCOY by Wendy Towle
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"With nothing else available on McCoy at this level, this will be useful indeed. (Biography/Picture book. 5-9)"
Concluding a commendable introduction explaining the possibly legendary origins of the eponymous expression in the prolific inventor's most successful device—an ``automatic oil cup, which eventually became standard equipment on most locomotives''—Towle states ``The story of Elijah McCoy's life presented here reflects a composite of existing information we have been able to authenticate.'' Son of former slaves, McCoy was raised in Canada, studied engineering in Scotland, then settled in Michigan, where he invented the oil cup while working as a railroad fireman (discrimination prevented employment more appropriate to his talents); he went on to patent many other inventions, including homely devices like the first portable ironing board and a lawn sprinkler, and to start his own company. Read full book review >

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LITTLE EIGHT JOHN by Jan Wahl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An amusing but flawed rendition of this old-fashioned cautionary tale. (Folklore/Picture book. 6-8)"
When Little Eight John's mother warns that misfortune will follow if he kicks the toad frogs, sits backwards on a chair, or counts his teeth, it only spurs him on; later, he laughs gleefully when the baby gets colic, the cow stops giving milk, and his family goes broke. Read full book review >

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THEMBA by Margaret Sacks
by Margaret Sacks, illustrated by Wil Clay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Not outstanding, but nice. (Fiction. 7-10)"
The author of Beyond Safe Boundaries (1990), an evocative YA novel about growing up Jewish in South Africa, returns to her native land with a story for younger children. Read full book review >

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TAILYPO! by Jan Wahl
adapted by Jan Wahl, illustrated by Wil Clay
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1991

"Galdone's version (1977) is a standard; this fine debut makes an excellent alternate. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
In his first picture book, Clay provides dramatic double- spread paintings for Wahl's lively retelling of this scariest of African-American tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 2008

"A top-notch introduction for schoolchildren of any age. (chronology) (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
Krensky tells the remarkable story of George Washington Carver with humanity and grace. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE IN THE SKY by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The story bounces along at a brisk pace, with just enough dialect to spice it up; Clay's fresh and colorful illustrations include the peculiar details of the narrative (the spirits' backward feet) that children will find funny. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
In a careful source note, San Souci (The Little Seven-Colored Horse, p. 1501, etc.) calls this folktale a ``mix and match'' of several narrative elements in the tradition of Bahamian storytelling. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HENRY CLAY by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"In this lucid, exemplary biography, Unger focuses on not just Clay, but also on the formation of the early republic, a time too little studied today. An excellent introduction to a turbulent era."
A comprehensive biography of the statesman whom Abraham Lincoln called "the ideal politician." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IMPASSIONED CLAY by Stevie Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2000

"Historically fascinating and emotionally gripping: another success for Davies."
A striking seventh novel from British scholar and critic Davies (Four Dreamers and Emily, 1997, etc.) examines the revolutionary passion of two women separated by 400 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I AM ROSA PARKS by Rosa Parks
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"The workmanlike black-and-white illustrations complement the story of a quietly courageous heroine. (Autobiography. 5-9)"
I Am Rosa Parks ($12.99; PLB $12.89; Feb. 1997; 48 pp.; 0- 8037-1206-5; PLB 0-8037-1207-3): In the Easy-To-Read series, Parks and Haskins mold for a younger readership the material in their acclaimed Rosa Parks (1992). Read full book review >