Search Results: "jane Kurtz"


BOOK REVIEW

I'M SORRY, ALMIRA ANN by Jane Kurtz
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Sarah's headstrong personality comes across clearly, as do her efforts to set things right when she's done wrong. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (map) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sarah, who is eight, is filled with excitement as her family plans to travel by wagon from Missouri to Oregon; her best friend, Almira Ann, and her family are moving, too. Read full book review >

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PLANET JUPITER by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A solid middle-grade family story. (Fiction. 10-13)"
After months on an Oregon farm, Jupiter, an 11-year-old white girl, can't wait to resume her musician family's nomadic journey—until she learns that Edom, 7, an adopted cousin from Ethiopia, will be taking her brother's place and their destination is not the open road but a house in Portland. Read full book review >

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THE STORYTELLER'S BEADS by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Kurtz keeps the focus personal but never allows larger events to dissipate in this engrossing tale. (map, glossary, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Based in fact, this is an original, powerful story of two Ethiopian girls who become refugees in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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THE FEVERBIRD’S CLAW by Jane Kurtz
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2004

"Readers will ache to learn more about her world and her future—just like Moralin herself. (Fiction. 10+)"
A gripping prehistoric adventure fantasy channels a timely message about tolerance and social justice. Read full book review >

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MEMORIES OF SUN by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Whether tender, adventurous, or heart-wrenching, these poems and stories stir readers to experience Africa—its pain and its beauty. (Poetry/short stories. 11-15)"
This riveting collection of poems and short stories by award-winning African and African-American writers shares the complexities and surprises of living between two cultures and sometimes of one's own culture. Read full book review >

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RIVER FRIENDLY, RIVER WILD by Jane Kurtz
Released: March 1, 2000

"A book that belongs on every shelf in buildings up and down the country's riverways. (Picture book/poetry. 5-10)"
Kurtz (I'm Sorry, Almira Ann, 1999, etc.) turns personal disaster into a universally affecting book about the 1997 flooding of the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Read full book review >

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DO KANGAROOS WEAR SEAT BELTS? by Jane Kurtz
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A perfect read for the pell-mell toddler who is sometimes frustrated by the safety measures imposed by loving adults. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Firmly belted in the back seat and on the way to the zoo, a little boy wants to know if kangaroos have to wear seat belts, too. Read full book review >

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ANNA WAS HERE by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An amusing and richly rewarding tale that features a very likable, one-of-kind protagonist. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Anna, almost 10, is a worrier, so her family's temporary move from Colorado to her father's hometown in Kansas seems fraught with peril to her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAKARTA MISSING by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2001

"Kurtz's (Faraway Home, 2000, etc.) love for both Africa and North Dakota comes across clearly, but she has woven too many strands into her novel without strong enough characterizations to hold them together. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this slow-moving contemporary novel, a sixth-grader contrasts her new life in North Dakota with her childhood in Africa, while her family struggles with their differing hopes for the future. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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IN THE SMALL, SMALL NIGHT by Jane Kurtz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Isadora's vibrant illustrations, drenched in color, capture the African settings, the folkloric animals, and the love between brother and sister—and they complete the enchantment. (Picture book 7-12)"
Using stories she heard from a friend from Ghana, Kurtz weaves them into a lovely story about wisdom and perseverance. Read full book review >