Search Results: "Wilson Swain"


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ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Between the rhyme and the ease of opening, this should prove popular with piratically minded preschoolers. (Pop-up/picture book. 3-6)"
Suitably rollicking verse describes the travails of a crew of pirates whose boat has sprung a leak. Read full book review >

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A NUTTY NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS by Ralph Covert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Here's hoping it works as a performance piece, because it sure doesn't make the grade as a book. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This long and confusing story is based on a children's musical, and the book comes with a CD with both songs from the musical and a read-along of the text. Read full book review >

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HOPE AND TEARS by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A poem in the voice of a National Park Service worker today says it best: 'The sense that, / after all these years, / spirits live here, / along with all their hopes and tears.' (source notes, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Readers are invited to recite the thoughts, fears and dreams of all those who came to Ellis Island as immigrants, workers and visitors. Read full book review >

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CHIG AND THE SECOND SPREAD by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Endearing—and not one bit cloying—faultlessly paced, and rich in colloquialisms real or invented, Chig is a textured, sympathetic look at rural life during the Depression and at a champion of a girl. (author note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Tiny Chig ("That girl ain't any bigger than a little red chigger") Read full book review >

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THE LAKE DREAMS THE SKY by Swain Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"The story soars off into an astonishing climax, nicely mingling the mundane and marvelous and once again demonstrating Wolfe's stirring, original power as a storyteller."
Rock-ribbed Montana love story. Read full book review >

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SMILING by Gwenyth Swain
Released: April 13, 1999

"An index provides further information on the locations and settings of the photographs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest addition to the Small World series, which shows children around the world engaged in similar activities, focuses on the very human act of smiling. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO INVENTED SKIING by Swain Wolfe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2006

"A unique vision, presented in rough-hewn prose."
Novelist Wolfe (The Parrot Trainer, 2003, etc.) recalls a childhood growing up poor in Colorado and Montana during the 1940s and '50s, a time when he was deeply unhappy but fully occupied. Read full book review >

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LUSCIOUS LEMON by Heather Swain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A second coming-of-ager from Swain (Eliot's Banana , 2003) but, for obvious reasons, this heartfelt tale isn't exactly entertaining."
Can a young Manhattan chef find happiness? Read full book review >

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ELIOT’S BANANA by Heather Swain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2003

"Romance fiction right on target for rocker girls with a little therapy under their belts."
Engaging debut about death, modern romance, and growing up. Read full book review >

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GRIFT SENSE by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Swain beats the odds on his very first spin of the wheel."
The high rollers at the Acropolis Casino are supposed to lose money, but Frank Fontaine knows entirely too much about when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em. Read full book review >

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FIRST LADIES by Susan Swain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2015

"Though presented in a stilted fashion, all the portraits are rendered with sympathy and detail."
Selections from the popular yearlong C-SPAN series exploring the lives of the first ladies, each offering conversational, somewhat truncated viewpoints by various historians. Read full book review >

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HUNGRY by H.A. Swain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"Emotionally satisfying dystopia with a generous helping of forno. (Dystopian romance. 14-17)"
An alluring adventure in a future without food. Read full book review >