Search Results: "Wil Clay"


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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 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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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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BLOOM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Despite some conceptual problems, an ingenious yarn with challenging ideas, well-handled technical details and plenty of twists and turns: a whopping improvement on Murder in the Solid State (1996), though the sophomoric narrative voice is dismayingly similar. (Author tour)"
By the early 22nd century, artificially created life-forms—mycora—that can dissolve stone, metal, flesh, anything, with terrifying speed, have taken over the Earth, the Moon, and Venus; the only human survivors cower behind biological barriers far away in the asteroids (the Gladholders) or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn (the Immunity). Read full book review >

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MURDER IN THE SOLID STATE by Wil McCarthy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"Even the nanotechnology offers no thrills."
McCarthy's third novel and first hardcover is set in a near- future Philadelphia dominated by the Gray Party, which is rapidly turning the US into a police state under the pretext of providing law and order. Read full book review >

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THE COLLAPSIUM by Wil McCarthy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Brilliantly, breathtakingly inventive superscience—along with sophomoric sociology and a promising plot that languishes undeveloped."
Far-future yarn involving gravity engineering, programmable matter, electromagnetic grapples, and whatnot, from the author of Bloom (1998), etc. Supergenius Bruno de Towaji now lives alone on a private planetoid in the Kuiper Belt; having engineered the Iscog, or interplanetary telecom network capable of transmitting, or "faxing," human patterns, out of collapsium, structured diamond-coated microscopic black holes, he's fabulously rich. Read full book review >

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IN BLACK AND WHITE by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"An American life considered with art and understanding in a major work of biography. (40 photos in text)"
Robust update and emendation of the entertainer's well-known autobiography. Read full book review >

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THE HAYGOODS OF COLUMBUS by Wil Haygood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1997

"With an unpretentious eloquence and humor, Haygood shows a deft ability to convey complex lives, a past era, and a memorable place. (20 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Here is an unsentimental family memoir that also elegizes Mt. Read full book review >