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VOYA - Karen Herc
Although she comes across as a big fan of Lasky's writing, Brown still provides a fair and accurate reading of her books. She cites both good reviews and bad that Lasky has received for her work. Obviously Brown focuses on Lasky's work for young adults in this volume, dividing the discussion primarily between Lasky's historical and contemporary fiction, but the picture books and the mysteries she has written for adults are also briefly examined. Brown highlights the meticulous research Lasky performs for all of her books, but accurately points out that sometimes too much detail finds its way into the final stories. Brown's biocritical analysis is solidly and competently written. She, too, has done meticulous research and her close readings of Lasky's fiction would be extremely useful to anyone studying Lasky's writings. The well-indexed text makes it easy to read only the literary criticism and still learn about Lasky's life because information from the earlier biographical sections of the book, such as the fact that Lasky often collaborates with her photographer-husband, Christopher Knight, are integrated smoothly into the sections of critical analysis. This book will be helpful to any fans or scholars of Lasky's work. Libraries that carry the Twayne Young Adult Authors series will find this volume to be a useful addition. Index. Photos. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 UpA clear and lively glimpse at a favorite author and a critical analysis of her work. Browns chronological approach helps readers understand what makes Lasky tick as a writer and how her life has influenced her books. The chapters on writing historical fiction are particularly interesting, providing insight into Laskys methods and the choices one must make in order to create a compelling, authentic picture of a particular time period. The literary criticism is thorough and fair. Brown provides a chronology, detailed notes and references, a selected bibliography, and black-and-white photographs of Lasky and her family. Students may find this book useful for reports, but its main audience will be adults looking for background material for teaching and promoting YA literature.Jennifer Ralston, Harford County Public Library, Belcamp, MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
A full-length biocritical study of a writer whose works spans genres including picture books, adult mystery novels, and young adult fiction and non-fiction. Discusses her early years and her career, and looks at her work for young adults, focusing on her historical fiction. For students in high school and up. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805716771
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Young Adult Authors Series
  • Pages: 198
  • Age range: 11 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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