Search Results: "Will Hermes"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"A hip, clever, informative look at an unjustifiably dismissed musical era that will have readers scouring iTunes for the perfect accompanying soundtrack."
Readers may assume that a book whose title riffs on a Talking Heads deep cut would be pretty cool; they would be right. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF GUATEMALA by Jules Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 23, 1997

"The portraits of children are strikingly candid, with vignettes that offer pieces of lives rather one way of life; some readers may be inspired to dig up a more comprehensive social history of the region after reading Hermes's work. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Mayan, Cakchiquel, Ladino, and Garifuna children star in this new entry in The World's Children series, in which brightly colored garb and warm, wide smiles fill expressive, full-color photographs of the people of Guatemalan villages. Read full book review >

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SUMMER SECRETS by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"A loving glimpse of a young girl's struggle to understand her world. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Missy tries to cope with the chaos around her by writing in her secret journal about the events of one sweltering wartime Mississippi summer. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Young readers who are ready to read chapter books will appreciate the large font, generous white space, short diary entries, and fascinating history. (historical note) (Fiction. 7-10)"
Hermes's newest addition to the Dear America series continues Joshua's journal begun in Westward to Home (2000), where his beloved grandfather has exhorted him to "Tell it all, Josh, the good and the not-so-good." Read full book review >

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SWEET BY AND BY by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Uneven and almost unbearably sad, this is a tale that drowns in its own good intentions. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Times are hard for Blessing and her elderly grandmother, Monnie, and they're about to get harder. Read full book review >

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EMMA DILEMMA AND THE SOCCER NANNY by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Another winner. (Fiction. 9-11)"
In this third installment of the adventures of boisterous, soccer-playing Emma, the entire O'Fallon household feels the effects of her scheming. Read full book review >

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CALLING ME HOME by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Next to Jennifer Armstrong's Black-Eyed Susan (1995) or Pam Conrad's wrenching Prairie Song (1987), the characters and setting here are only dimly realized, and readers will be let down by the anticlimactic ending. (Fiction. 11-13)"
The death of a brother transforms a preteen's discontent into guilt in this weakly constructed drama, set on the Nebraska prairie in the 1850s, just before the Homestead Act. Read full book review >

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SOMEONE TO COUNT ON by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Nonetheless, Hermes's storytelling makes an effective hook; steer those who relate to this drama on to MacLachlan's compelling, beautifully crafted Journey (1992). (Fiction. 10-12)"
The author of Mama, Let's Dance (1991) takes readers down yet another rocky road in a story of contemporary restlessness. Read full book review >

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EMMA DILEMMA AND THE TWO NANNIES by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"An engaging sequel with a captivating protagonist. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Just when things seem to be working out for Emma, a new dilemma arises for her family. Read full book review >

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WESTWARD TO HOME by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Decent historical fiction aimed at appealing to the reader who would enjoy the sense of reading a diary to learn more about the harsh realities and triumphs of America's westward pioneers. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Another installment in this year's new "My America" series, this is the fictional diary of Joshua, a young boy whose family joins a wagon train to Oregon in 1848. Read full book review >

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MAMA, LET'S DANCE by Patricia Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Unfortunately, her unique voice doesn't compensate for the melodramatic plot or the slight characterizations. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An author accustomed to dealing with serious topics (You Shouldn't Have to Say Good-bye, 1982) takes up the subject of children abandoned by their parents. Read full book review >