The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-05-18
ISBN 10: 9780547346243
ISBN 13: 0547346247
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wednesday Wars Book Review:

In this Newbery Honor–winning novel, Gary D. Schmidt tells the witty and compelling story of a teenage boy who feels that fate has it in for him, during the school year 1968-69. Seventh grader Holling Hoodhood isn't happy. He is sure his new teacher, Mrs. Baker, hates his guts. Holling's domineering father is obsessed with his business image and disregards his family. Throughout the school year, Holling strives to get a handle on the Shakespeare plays Mrs. Baker assigns him to read on his own time, and to figure out the enigmatic Mrs. Baker. As the Vietnam War turns lives upside down, Holling comes to admire and respect both Shakespeare and Mrs. Baker, who have more to offer him than he imagined. And when his family is on the verge of coming apart, he also discovers his loyalty to his sister, and his ability to stand up to his father when it matters most.

The Wednesday Wars

The Wednesday Wars
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 0618724834
ISBN 13: 9780618724833
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Wednesday Wars Book Review:

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns muchof value about the world he lives in.

Pay Attention Carter Jones

Pay Attention  Carter Jones
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-02-05
ISBN 10: 1328526917
ISBN 13: 9781328526915
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pay Attention Carter Jones Book Review:

Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared. Sparkling with humor, this insightful and compassionate story will resonate with readers who have confronted secrets of their own.

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Yearling Books
Total Pages: 219
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 0553494953
ISBN 13: 9780553494952
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Book Review:

Turner Buckminster hates his new home of Phippsburg, Maine, but things improve when he meets Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl from a poor island community founded by slaves that the town fathers want to change into a tourist spot.

Just Like That

Just Like That
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Clarion Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-01-05
ISBN 10: 0544084772
ISBN 13: 9780544084773
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Just Like That Book Review:

In this poignant, perceptive, witty novel, Gary D. Schmidt brings authenticity and emotion to multiple plot strands, weaving in themes of grief, loss, redemption, achievement, and love. Following the death of her closest friend in summer 1968, Meryl Lee Kowalski goes off to St. Elene's Preparatory Academy for Girls, where she struggles to navigate the venerable boarding school's traditions and a social structure heavily weighted toward students from wealthy backgrounds. In a parallel story, Matt Coffin has wound up on the Maine coast near St. Elene's with a pillowcase full of money lifted from the leader of a criminal gang, fearing the gang's relentless, destructive pursuit. Both young people gradually dispel their loneliness, finding a way to be hopeful and also finding each other.

Trouble

Trouble
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2010-04-12
ISBN 10: 9780547487731
ISBN 13: 0547487738
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Trouble Book Review:

“Henry Smith’s father told him that if you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you.” But Trouble comes careening down the road one night in the form of a pickup truck that strikes Henry’s older brother, Franklin. In the truck is Chay Chouan, a young Cambodian from Franklin’s preparatory school, and the accident sparks racial tensions in the school—and in the well-established town where Henry’s family has lived for generations. Caught between anger and grief, Henry sets out to do the only thing he can think of: climb Mt. Katahdin, the highest mountain in Maine, which he and Franklin were going to climb together. Along with Black Dog, whom Henry has rescued from drowning, and a friend, Henry leaves without his parents’ knowledge. The journey, both exhilarating and dangerous, turns into an odyssey of discovery about himself, his older sister, Louisa, his ancestry, and why one can never escape from Trouble.

What Came from the Stars

What Came from the Stars
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-09-04
ISBN 10: 0547868685
ISBN 13: 9780547868684
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What Came from the Stars Book Review:

The Valorim are about to fall to a dark lord when they send a necklace containing their planet across the cosmos, hurtling past a trillion stars . . . all the way into the lunchbox of Tommy Pepper, sixth grader, of Plymouth, Mass. Mourning his late mother, Tommy doesn't notice much about the chain he found, but soon he is drawing the twin suns and humming the music of a hanorah. As Tommy absorbs the art and language of the Valorim, their enemies target him. When a creature begins ransacking Plymouth in search of the chain, Tommy learns he must protect his family from villains far worse than he's ever imagined.

Orbiting Jupiter

Orbiting Jupiter
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2015-10-06
ISBN 10: 0544462645
ISBN 13: 9780544462649
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Orbiting Jupiter Book Review:

The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending time in a juvenile facility, he’s placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

Okay for Now

Okay for Now
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2011-04-05
ISBN 10: 0547534175
ISBN 13: 9780547534176
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Okay for Now Book Review:

2011 National Book Award Finalist As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the “skinny thug” that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer—a fiery young lady who “smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.” In Lil, Doug finds the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a whole town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage. In this stunning novel, Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival.

Straw Into Gold

Straw Into Gold
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780547237763
ISBN 13: 0547237766
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Straw Into Gold Book Review:

As they are pursued by greedy villains, two boys on a quest to save innocent lives meet the banished queen whose son was stolen by Rumpelstiltskin eleven years earlier, and she provides much more than the answer they seek.

Bamboo People

Bamboo People
Author: Mitali Perkins
Publsiher: Charlesbridge
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2012-07-01
ISBN 10: 1607342278
ISBN 13: 9781607342274
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bamboo People Book Review:

Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.

Every Single Lie

Every Single Lie
Author: Rachel Vincent
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-01-12
ISBN 10: 1547605243
ISBN 13: 9781547605248
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Every Single Lie Book Review:

"Raw, real, and utterly gripping." - Jennifer Lynn Barnes, New York Times bestselling author of The Inheritance Games In this gripping YA novel about social media bullying and half-truths, one girl's shocking discovery of a dead baby in her high school locker room rocks an entire community. Nobody in sixteen-year-old Beckett's life seems to be telling the whole story. Her boyfriend Jake keeps hiding texts, which could mean he's cheating on her. Her father lied about losing his job and so much more before his shocking death. And everyone in school seems to be whispering about her and her family behind her back. But none of that compares to the day Beckett finds the body of a newborn baby in a gym bag--Jake's gym bag--on the floor of her high school locker room. As word leaks out, rumors that Beckett's the mother take off like wildfire in a town all too ready to believe the worst of her. Beckett soon finds herself facing threats and accusations both heartbreaking and dangerous. Nobody believes her side of the story, and as the police investigation unfolds, she discovers that everyone has a secret to hide and the truth could alter everything she thought she knew. A page-turning thriller set in a small Southern community, Every Single Lie is a jaw-dropping, twisty must-read for fans of Sadie.

Curveball The Year I Lost My Grip Sneak Peek

Curveball  The Year I Lost My Grip  Sneak Peek
Author: Jordan Sonnenblick
Publsiher: Scholastic Inc.
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2012-02-01
ISBN 10: 0545461197
ISBN 13: 9780545461191
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Curveball The Year I Lost My Grip Sneak Peek Book Review:

Six by Seuss

Six by Seuss
Author: Dr. Seuss
Publsiher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 345
Release: 1991
ISBN 10: 0679821481
ISBN 13: 9780679821489
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Six by Seuss Book Review:

An anthology of six stories by Dr. Seuss, including "And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street," "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," "Horton Hatches the Egg," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "The Lorax," and "Yertle the Turtle."

Almost Time

Almost Time
Author: Gary D. Schmidt,Elizabeth Stickney
Publsiher: Clarion Books
Total Pages: 32
Release: 2020-01-14
ISBN 10: 0544785819
ISBN 13: 9780544785816
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Almost Time Book Review:

Ethan eagerly anticipates making maple syrup with his father, but it will not be time until the days are warmer, the nights shorter, and Ethan's loose tooth falls out.

Softwar

Softwar
Author: Matthew Symonds
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2013-04-30
ISBN 10: 1439127581
ISBN 13: 9781439127582
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Softwar Book Review:

In a business where great risks, huge fortunes, and even bigger egos are common, Larry Ellison stands out as one of the most outspoken, driven, and daring leaders of the software industry. The company he cofounded and runs, Oracle, is the number one business software company: perhaps even more than Microsoft's, Oracle's products are essential to today's networked world. But Oracle is as controversial as it is influential, as feared as it is revered, thanks in large part to Larry Ellison. Though Oracle is one of the world's most valuable and profitable companies, Ellison is not afraid to suddenly change course and reinvent Oracle in the pursuit of new and ever more ambitious goals. Softwar examines the results of these shifts in strategy and the forces that drive Ellison relentlessly on. In Softwar, journalist Matthew Symonds gives readers an exclusive and intimate insight into both Oracle and the man who made it and runs it. As well as relating the story of Oracle's often bumpy path to industry dominance, Symonds deals with the private side of Ellison's life. From Ellison's troubled upbringing by adoptive parents and his lifelong search for emotional security to the challenges and opportunities that have come with unimaginable wealth, Softwar gets inside the skin of a fascinating and complicated human being. With unlimited insider access granted by Ellison himself, Symonds captures the intensity and, some would say, the recklessness that have made Ellison a legend. The result of more than a hundred hours of interviews and many months spent with Ellison, Softwar is the most complete portrait undertaken of the man and his empire -- a unique and gripping account of both the way the computing industry really works and an extraordinary life. Despite his closeness to Ellison, Matthew Symonds is a candid and at times highly critical observer. And in perhaps the book's most unusual feature, Ellison responds to Symonds's portrayal in the form of a running footnoted commentary. The result is one of the most fascinating business stories of all time.

Donuthead

Donuthead
Author: Sue Stauffacher
Publsiher: Yearling
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2008-12-18
ISBN 10: 0307521524
ISBN 13: 9780307521521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Donuthead Book Review:

Franklin Delano Donuthead is a fifth grader with a lot of problems: For starters, his last name is Donuthead. He considers himself handicapped because one arm and leg are shorter than the other (by less than half an inch), his mother is trying to poison him with non-organic foods (like salami), he doesn’t have a father, and Sarah Kervick, the new girl, who’s mean and totally unhygienic, is attached to him, warts and all, like glue. This is a hilarious and touching novel featuring a neurotic, scared boy and a tougher-than-nails girl who each help the other in more ways than they can imagine. Sue Stauffacher has crafted characters full of wit and sensitivity, with a little anti-bacterial soap thrown in for good measure.

The Holly

The Holly
Author: Julian Rubinstein
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2021-05-11
ISBN 10: 0374713472
ISBN 13: 9780374713478
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Holly Book Review:

An award-winning journalist’s dramatic account of a shooting that shook a community to its core, with important implications for the future On the last evening of summer in 2013, five shots rang out in a part of northeast Denver known as the Holly. Long a destination for African American families fleeing the Jim Crow South, the area had become an “invisible city” within a historically white metropolis. While shootings there weren’t uncommon, the identity of the shooter that night came as a shock. Terrance Roberts was a revered anti-gang activist. His attempts to bring peace to his community had won the accolades of both his neighbors and the state’s most important power brokers. Why had he just fired a gun? In The Holly, the award-winning Denver-based journalist Julian Rubinstein reconstructs the events that left a local gang member paralyzed and Roberts facing the possibility of life in prison. Much more than a crime story, The Holly is a multigenerational saga of race and politics that runs from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. With a cast that includes billionaires, elected officials, cops, developers, and street kids, the book explores the porous boundaries between a city’s elites and its most disadvantaged citizens. It also probes the fraught relationships between police, confidential informants, activists, gang members, and ex–gang members as they struggle to put their pasts behind them. In The Holly, we see how well-intentioned efforts to curb violence and improve neighborhoods can go badly awry, and we track the interactions of law enforcement with gang members who conceive of themselves as defenders of a neighborhood. When Roberts goes on trial, the city’s fault lines are fully exposed. In a time of national reckoning over race, policing, and the uses and abuses of power, Rubinstein offers a dramatic and humane illumination of what’s at stake.

The Confidence Men

The Confidence Men
Author: Margalit Fox
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 1984853848
ISBN 13: 9781984853844
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Confidence Men Book Review:

"Imprisoned in a remote Turkish prison camp during World War I, having survived a two-month forced march and a terrifying shootout in the desert, two British officers, Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, join forces to bamboozle their iron-fisted captors"--

An American Marriage

An American Marriage
Author: Michael Burlingame
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 496
Release: 2021-06-01
ISBN 10: 1643137352
ISBN 13: 9781643137353
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An American Marriage Book Review:

An enlightening narrative exploring an oft-overlooked aspect of the sixteenth president's life, An American Marriage reveals the tragic story of Abraham Lincoln’s marriage to Mary Todd. Abraham Lincoln was apparently one of those men who regarded “connubial bliss” as an untenable fantasy. During the Civil War, he pardoned a Union soldier who had deserted the army to return home to wed his sweetheart. As the president signed a document sparing the soldier's life, Lincoln said: “I want to punish the young man—probably in less than a year he will wish I had withheld the pardon.” Based on thirty years of research, An American Marriage describes and analyzes why Lincoln had good reason to regret his marriage to Mary Todd. This revealing narrative shows that, as First Lady, Mary Lincoln accepted bribes and kickbacks, sold permits and pardons, engaged in extortion, and peddled influence. The reader comes to learn that Lincoln wed Mary Todd because, in all likelihood, she seduced him and then insisted that he protect her honor. Perhaps surprisingly, the 5’2” Mrs. Lincoln often physically abused her 6’4” husband, as well as her children and servants; she humiliated her husband in public; she caused him, as president, to fear that she would disgrace him publicly. Unlike her husband, she was not profoundly opposed to slavery and hardly qualifies as the “ardent abolitionist” that some historians have portrayed. While she providid a useful stimulus to his ambition, she often “crushed his spirit,” as his law partner put it. In the end, Lincoln may not have had as successful a presidency as he did—where he showed a preternatural ability to deal with difficult people—if he had not had so much practice at home.