Reviews written by Wanda Johnson

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Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   August 13, 2009
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A Little Girl Who Loves Trees

Emmy loves all trees, but she loves mimosa trees most of all. She loves their fuzzy pink blossoms and rattling seed pods. Mimosa trees are stubborn and strong and a little bit wild. Just like her. More than anything, Emmy wishes to have a mimosa of her own as...

Young Adult Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   August 04, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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Life. Love. Identity. Junior Year.

Ovid, a high school junior, has a lot on his mind. This novel by poet Betsy Franco is a fascinating combination of poems, prose, and fantastical drawingsamazing ink illustrations by her son, Tom Francoinspired by the poet Ovids first-century retellings of Roman myths, called Metamorphoses. In this novel, Ovid...

Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   August 02, 2009
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4.0
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4.0
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A Little Girl Discovers Springtime in the Poetry Classics

As the story opens, Ivy is a little girl surrounded by winters gloom. But with the help of classic poetry by Dickinson, Longfellow, Browning, Wordsworth, Frost, and many others, she experiences the changing of the seasons into a beautiful eruption of spring color. Vanita Oelschlagers sweet rhymes at the...

Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   August 02, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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The Great Hunter: introducing Max Spaniel!

Max Spaniel says that he is not a dog. He is a great hunter who loves to hunt dinosaurs! After sniffing out the fact that there are no dinosaurs in the house, he hikes into his backyard to discover many great treasures in page after page of wonderfully funny...

Kids Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   July 29, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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A Little Boy Who Loves His Toys

Spencer has too many toys! This exuberant picture book by the award-winning author/illustrator David Shannon is sure to make a child giggle with delight. Toys spill out of every closet and drawer and clutter the floor, but every single toy is Spencers favorite. (The best toy ever!). There are...

Young Adult Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   May 27, 2009
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5.0
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A gripping page-turner about a secret world

This powerful book grabs you from the first sentence and quickly makes you fall in love with the courageous main character. Growing up in an isolated community, thirteen-year-old Kyra has never questioned her familys beliefs or the fact that her father has multiple wives. But when the Prophet decrees...

Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   May 25, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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A Purrfect Delight for all Cat Lovers!

Betsy Franco, author of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, has a new book of poetry for all cat lovers, young and old: A Curious Collection of Cats. In more than thirty concrete poems, cats are their own endearingly fabulous selvesthey stretch, sneak, nap, chase, hide, walk on keyboards, wrap around...

Kids Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   April 01, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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Realistic picture book about wolves

This joyful picture book will delight young nature lovers! If youve ever wondered what it would be like to be a wolfwhere you'd sleep and what you'd do during the cold winterthis book will captivate and enchant you. Every page depicts a fresh view of a truly fascinating animal,...

Kids Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   March 31, 2009
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4.0
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4.0
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0.0

A funny romp through the Wild West

With an itinerary from the Get Lost Travel Agency, Grandfather and Roo (a dog) set off from England to America on an exciting quest to discover Roos grandfather, rumored to be living among cowboys following a successful movie career. They repeatedly get lost, naturally, and they discover that America...

Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   March 09, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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Pure delight from the author of The Arrival!

Masterfully illustrated in woodcuts, pen and ink, and oil paintings, Tales from Outer Suburbia is a must-read book, for everyone from 9 to 99. Shaun Tan, the author/illustrator of the acclaimed graphic novel, The Arrival, has created an evocative, delightful book with his short stories and stunning illustrations. ...

Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   February 12, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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An imaginative journey!

This exuberant picture book, written and illustrated by two-time Caldecott Honor artist Marjorie Priceman, is a companion to her bestseller, How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. It begins with a young baker and her little dog fancying a slice of cherry pie and getting started...

Young Adult Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   January 18, 2009
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5.0
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5.0
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Powerful Young Adult Novel

Ellen Hopkinss powerful storytelling riveted my attention from the start. Although I did not intend to read a novel all morning, I could not put this one down. The characters are unsparing and unflinching in their plainspoken truths about the lie of their seemingly perfect lives and the evil behind...

Kids Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   December 20, 2008
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5.0
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5.0
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An inspiring frontier tale

This lovely picture book, written by Alison L. Randall and illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, is an engaging and inspiring tale beautifully illustrated in a realistic way. Each page is a delight! And it is based on a true story. On the Utah frontier in the late...

Young Adult Fiction
Wanda JohnsonWanda Johnson   December 05, 2008
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5.0
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5.0
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M+O 4EVR

M+O 4EVR is about the lifelong love between two friends, Marianne and Opal, who grew up wild and free in the woods of Pennsylvania, fantasizing about their goddess alter egos, Mlapo and Omali. Having known each other since birth, the girls are everything to each otherand yet, there are sad...

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