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Gloria Skurzynski

Autor/a de The Minstrel in the Tower (Stepping Stone)

61+ obres 3,595 Membres 33 Ressenyes 1 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Author Gloria Skurzynski was born in Duquesne, Pennsylvania in 1930. She was educated at Carlow University. She writes both fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults.She is the author of more than sixty books for young readers. In 1992, her work Almost the Real Thing: Simulation mostra'n més in Your High-Tech World won the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award. She writes the National Geographic National Parks series and the Virtual War Chronologs series. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Gloria Skurzynski

Wolf Stalker (1998) 222 exemplars
Deadly Waters (1999) 183 exemplars
Cliff-Hanger (1998) 165 exemplars
Valley of Death (2002) 148 exemplars
Virtual War (1997) 140 exemplars
The Hunted (2000) 132 exemplars
Ghost Horses (2000) 127 exemplars
Out of the Deep (2002) 112 exemplars
Over the Edge (2002) 109 exemplars
Rage of Fire (1999) 92 exemplars
Escape from Fear (2002) 74 exemplars
Buried Alive (2003) 73 exemplars
Running Scared (2002) 65 exemplars
Caitlin's Big Idea (1995) 51 exemplars
What Happened In Hamelin (1993) 51 exemplars
Night of the Black Bear (2007) 48 exemplars
Spiders Voice (1999) 46 exemplars
Trapped in the Slickrock Canyon (1984) 45 exemplars
Good-bye, Billy Radish (1992) 35 exemplars
Zero Gravity (1994) 34 exemplars
Discover Mars (1998) 33 exemplars
Lost in the Devil's Desert (1982) 25 exemplars
Rockbuster (2001) 20 exemplars
HERE COMES THE MAIL (1992) 18 exemplars
Cyberstorm (1995) 17 exemplars
Mystery Of The Vanishing Creatures (Mystery Solvers) (1997) — Autor — 17 exemplars
Afterwar (2011) 16 exemplars
The Tempering (1983) 15 exemplars
Waves (1996) 15 exemplars
Caught in the Moving Mountains (1984) 14 exemplars
Robots: Your High-Tech World (1990) 9 exemplars
Manwolf (1981) 9 exemplars
Martin by Himself (1979) 7 exemplars
The Magic Pumpkin (1971) 6 exemplars
Dangerous Ground (1989) 3 exemplars
The poltergeist of Jason Morey (1975) 3 exemplars
In a Bottle with a Cork on Top (1976) 2 exemplars
Swept in the Wave of Terror (1985) 1 exemplars
Guerra virtuale (1999) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Tomorrowland: 10 Stories About the Future (1999) — Col·laborador — 124 exemplars
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (2000) — Col·laborador — 61 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 4, December 1980 — Col·laborador — 2 exemplars
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 6, February 1978 — Col·laborador — 1 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Data de naixement
20th Century
Llocs de residència
Boise, Idaho, USA
Ferguson, Alane (daughter)




(Ages 8-12, grades 3-7)

This story is just so-so! I thought the story would focus more on whales, but it seemed to focus more on Bindy, the foster girl who everyone thought was literally a big fat liar. Her parents had died and she was adopted by an aunt who had a son. This son was golden-boy. He was a high school football star and very well liked. Bindy, on the other hand, was chunky, heavyset, over ate, all this the author made very clear. Golden-boy had a hidden mean streak and would beat up on Bindy.

Bindy finally got brave enough to tell her Aunt and Uncle but they didn’t believe her. It caused so much trouble in the family that they decided to throw her into the foster system where she would end up with the Landon family, who had two kids Jack and Ashley. Their mother was a scientist who studied the mysterious deaths of sea mammals. She was called to travel to Maine when suddenly there were 12 different varieties of sea mammals washed up onto the shore at Bar Harbor. Most were dead, but few were in the process of being stranded.

Where the story goes a little awry is when the kids find themselves in a dangerous adult crime situation by trying to solve the mystery themselves. There wasn’t too much written about whales, themselves, but the author does add an Afterward on true facts about whales and how sonar causes them to beach. The little bits and pieces of this story regarding whales are based on true facts.

The story just wasn’t what I thought it “could” be. Younger kids might find it interesting or boring. I’m just not even sure.
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MissysBookshelf | Aug 27, 2023 |
Fun story about a clever old woman who outwits a tiger and a wolf who want to eat her. The some of the language used to describe the woman and her home are subtly disrespectful--she lives in a "hut", not a "home", for example--and there's not much sign of awareness about Indian culture. The story is supposedly from Indian folklore; it could be a fun one to see retold and illustrated by people who know what they're talking about.
books-n-pickles | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 29, 2021 |
Recommended reading from AFSME Council 2 conference.
Salsabrarian | Sep 25, 2021 |



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