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Rittenhouse Writers in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted May 23, 2016 by Mara Brandsdorfer
James Rahn , Rittenhouse Writers

The Philadelphia Inquirer praises Rittenhouse Writers by James Rahn: "Rahn as narrator immediately endears himself to readers when in the first chapter he confesses - with what we will soon see is his trademark humor and honesty - his panic-attack-level nerves during the first class.""Finding 'the emotional heart of a... [Details]


The Horn Book praises Heather, Oak, and Olive

Posted April 06, 2016 by Mara Brandsdorfer

The Horn Book Magazine reviewed Heather, Oak, and Olive by Rosemary Sutcliff, calling it "powerful, deep, and memorable."Read the full review below."Three short stories on the themes of heroism and friendship, originally published in 1972, exemplify Sutcliff’s genius at immediacy of character, setting, and situation. The first and third stories... [Details]


Beatrice Bunson reviewed in Kirkus and School Library Journal

Posted March 02, 2016 by Mara Brandsdorfer
Beatrice Bunson's Guide to Romeo and Juliet , Paula Marantz cohen

Beatrice Bunson's Guide to Romeo and Juliet by Paula Marantz Cohen was well reviewed by Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal. Kirkus Reviews:What's the best way to deal with high school drama? Apply the problem-solving strategies of Shakespeare. "It should be exciting to start high school, thought Bea—only it wasn't."... [Details]


Stone Tablets gets a starred review in Kirkus

Posted February 29, 2016 by Mara Brandsdorfer

Kirkus Reviews gave a starred review to Stone Tablets by Wojciech Zukrowski, calling it, "A novel of epic scope and ambition."Read the full review below.Politics and romance, always a volatile mixture, intersect in Delhi in 1956 when a Hungarian cultural attaché falls in love with an Australian doctor. Originally published... [Details]


Peter Cashwell in The New York Times: "Bird-Watching, Patriotism and the Oregon Standoff"

Posted January 06, 2016 by Mara Brandsdorfer
Peter Cashwell , The Verb 'To Bird'

Peter Cashwell, author of THE VERB 'TO BIRD' and ALONG THOSE LINES, writes in The New York Times about the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. "When you’re a birder, you learn quickly that not everyone shares your fascination with condors, cranes and warblers. And, considering recent events in Oregon, it... [Details]


Philip Hoare discovers The Discovery of Slowness

Posted December 28, 2015 by Will Schofield

In The Guardian, Philip Hoare writes about throwing The Discovery of Slowness across the room: A modern novel by the Berlin writer Sten Nadolny catches this spirit too. Ostensibly a fictionalised biography of the Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin, it bears the wonderful title The Discovery of Slowness – a tribute to a... [Details]


TEXAS GRIT WINS GOLD AT THE WILL ROGERS AWARDS

Posted October 26, 2015 by Mara Brandsdorfer

S. J. Dahlstrom won the gold medal at the 2015 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Texas Grit, the second book in "The Adventures of Wilder Good" series. Texas Grit was named best western fiction for younger readers. Read the complete list of finalists here. [Details]


WASHINGTON FREE BEACON RAVES ABOUT TEACHING PARTICULARS

Posted October 07, 2015 by Mara Brandsdorfer

Calling Teaching Particulars "marvelous," the Washington Free Beacon says, "This book is not only for teachers; parents of young children who are close to school age and all readers of good will interested in seeing a master practice her craft will enjoy watching Smith work." They go on to say,... [Details]


TEACHING PARTICULARS GETS GLOWING REVIEW IN FIRST THINGS

Posted September 30, 2015 by Mara Brandsdorfer
Helaine Smith , Teaching Particulars

Andy Ladd reviews Teaching Particulars for First Things. He writes, "While many programs aim to instill 'critical thinking skills,' Smith demonstrates how one might actually make good on that promise." And "Smith’s exercises plant a talent that will serve youths well beyond high school. There should be more books of this... [Details]


Washington Independent reviews Then & Now

Posted September 23, 2015 by Mara Brandsdorfer
Eva Brann , Then and Now

The Washington Independent Review of Books covered Then & Now by Eva Brann in their monthly feature on "books of and about poetry."Grace Cavalieri writes, "...[Y]ou will read Then & Now with deep abiding pleasure, slowly savoring the use of language in its highest locution." Read the full review. [Details]