Search Results: "evelyn coleman"


BOOK REVIEW

FREEDOM TRAIN by evelyn coleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The novel is heavy-handed and self-consciously inspirational, but it's a fine story of a moment in history when times were changing and the Freedom Train reminded Americans of their better selves. (author's historical note) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Clyde Thompson may be the shortest 12-year-old in seventh grade, but he learns to stand tall in this story about the Freedom Train's arrival in Atlanta in 1949. Read full book review >

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WHAT A WOMAN'S GOTTA DO by evelyn coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Skillfully written, but with a welter of incongruous elements, from black belt karate to Judgement Day, the supernatural, interracial issues, murder, astrology, and genetic engineering."
A children's book author turns her hand to the adult suspense novel—with mixed results. Read full book review >

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BORN IN SIN by evelyn coleman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"She makes hard choices and stupid mistakes, but she's a character bigger than the page; most of the other players are hardly visible when she's on stage. (Fiction. YA)"
Keisha is 14; she's smart, she works hard, and she has a really good Mama. Read full book review >

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THE RICHES OF OSEOLA McCARTY by evelyn coleman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"A small, fine book. (Biography. 7-10)"
Coleman (To Be a Drum, p. 264, etc.) writes with feeling of an African-American woman whose work ethic proved inspiring. Read full book review >

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TO BE A DRUM by evelyn coleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"That's the moment, in this joyful and robust chronicle, to turn to the art, where the energetic montages bustle with multi-textured backgrounds and figures, employing cloth, cotton, old buttons, sisal, wool, clay, and more, in theatrical, pulsing settings. (Picture book. 5-10)"
The drum is a mytho-poetic symbol that links people to their African roots and to the rhythm of the earth, or so Daddy Wes tells his children, Mat and Martha. Read full book review >

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RUBY PARKER HITS THE SMALL TIME by Rowan Coleman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"At the end of the tale, Ruby comes to accept the changes that life brings, even deciding to make a few alterations of her own. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Ruby Parker wants everything in her life to stay the same. Read full book review >

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ON THE RUN by Michael Coleman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Thus the fairy-tale ending satisfies. (Fiction. 10-14)"
An absorbing British import about the redemptive power of trust. Read full book review >

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JAZZ & TWELVE O’CLOCK TALES by Wanda Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A flawed but not altogether unworthy exploration of race, class and the human condition."
An award-winning poet (The Riot Inside Me: More Trials and Tremors, 2005, etc.) presents a collection of short fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"If Coleman inevitably finds little in the way of answers to such dilemmas, he and his readers depart Milwaukee with a richly expanded consciousness of their scope and seriousness, and of the lives at stake in them. (First printing of 65,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In the best tradition of journalistic portraits of urban race relations, a writer's earnest and generous search for some sign of hope in an all-too-typically segregated American city. Read full book review >

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CAGE’S BEND by Carter Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2005

"A fresh, original account of domestic love and loss that offers interesting characters, brisk narrative and unusual settings."
A family saga from second-novelist Coleman (The Volunteer, 1998) ranges across 30 years and touches three coasts as it unfolds the private dramas of a Protestant bishop and his wife and children. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2006

"Fats perches with rightful ease atop his pedestal."
One of rock-'n'-roll's founding fathers gets full and loving treatment in this biography from music journalist Coleman. Read full book review >