Search Results: "Willow Frog"


BOOK REVIEW

WILLOW by Julia Hoban
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"However, Willow's acknowledgment of the cause of her grief—that she'll never be anyone's daughter again—is a sharp insight, and Hoban's appropriately complex portrayal of cutting makes this a good choice on a crucial subject. (Fiction. YA)"
Diluted by an expository and inconsistent narrative voice, this standard-issue problem novel will nonetheless appeal to readers interested in the topic of self-harm. Read full book review >

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WILLOW by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Pair this with Peter Reynolds's The Dot (2003) and Paul Zelinsky's Doodler Doodling (2004) for an outside-the-lines art experience. (Picture book. 6-10)"
In dictatorial Miss Hawthorn's cheerless art room, students sit "in their rows, silent and still, like eggs in a carton" producing cookie-cutter busywork. Read full book review >

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WILLOW by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A gripping but uneven exploration of the anguishing impact of slavery. (Historical fiction. 14-17)"
An educated slave girl struggles against the confines of race and gender in this coming-of-age story set in 1848 on the Pennsylvania-Maryland border. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FROG by Susan Cooper
by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Jane Browne
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2002

"It is lovely to see so much about family dynamics, respect for the natural world, and learning skills packed into one sun-filled tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A pellucid small story with an economy of words and a lot of meaning. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GLOW by Jennifer  Bucheit
by Jennifer Bucheit, illustrated by Jarrod Becker, developed by Willow Frog
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2012

"Skip. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
A firefly finally gets the hang of glowing by thinking of "his favorite thing to do in the world"—flying. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOW FINDS A WAY by Lana Button
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"There is meanness and bullying at every level in schools, and it needs to be addressed in stories as well as in real life, but they must be honest stories in which the lesson does not outweigh the tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shy Willow stands up to a mean girl in her primary-grade classroom. Read full book review >

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WILLOW RUN by Patricia Reilly Giff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2005

"Spam and spies, 1940s songs and Victrolas and a lively cast of characters make wartime America pop to life in this finely wrought story of cowardice, courage and digging deep. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This is a rare, vivid glimpse of the wartime sacrifices of American families who stayed behind during WWII. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREEN WILLOW by Eileen Dunlop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"Too neat, perhaps, but it makes an entertaining yarn, with convincing characters and plenty of mystery and suspenseful incidents along the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From the author of The House on the Hill (1987, ALA Notable), a well-crafted ghost story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Third Willow by Lenore M. Skomal
Released: March 23, 2013

"A haunting reminder about the loss of innocence."
In Skomal's (Bluff, 2012, etc.) YA novel, a group of children in a small Midwestern town learns about the harsh realities of life after the Korean War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOW KING by Chris Platt
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1998

"Horse-crazy readers will find themselves immersed in the racing world, and will root for Willow King and for Katie all the way. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Platt's first novel is a lively girl-and-horse story set in Oregon that is full of fascinating detail about how these animals are trained to be champions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLOW VALE by Alethea Williams
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A poignant story of loss, love and family."
Two people broken by World War I look to start over and take refuge in each other in this unique historical romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIAMOND WILLOW by Helen Frost
ANIMALS
Released: April 10, 2008

"Flawed, but not fatally so. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Diamond Willow, a young Alaskan of Athabascan and European descent, doesn't have many friends; she's happiest when she's sledding her father's dogs and visiting her grandparents. Read full book review >