Search Results: "A. L. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

Making Rain and Other Things Is Our Business! by A. L. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"A collection of lighthearted, chuckle-worthy tales with an inventive hook."
A pair of British Cloud Machine operators takes a variety of humorous weather-creating jobs in this picaresque debut story collection. Read full book review >

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GOOSEBUMPS
by Leila Roy

When sleep finally comes, I sink into a murky world of shadows. There is a tunnel before me, with bright light in the distance. The ground rumbles. White fog surrounds me. My heart is pounding. Something is coming, but I do not know what, and only feel its presence, a terrible shadow that slithers along the ground, leaving a trail ...

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BOOK REVIEW

HOME AND DRY by Sarah L. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"An offbeat entertainment worthy of return visits. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A mildly eccentric story about what happens when the rain stops. Read full book review >

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HOT, SOUR, SALTY, SWEET by Sherri L. Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"You are what you eat' may be true; 'You are what you cook' makes a far more interesting story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Ana Shen looks forward to an evening with her crush, Jamie Tabata. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PALLAS by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"This is just the beginning of a plot that takes in family entanglements, revolutions, alien objects, immortality treatments, etc. Reasonably diverting, if you can tolerate Smith's unsubtle ideological slant, and fluffed up with references to Star Wars, Star Trek, and other cultural icons."
Something like a playful, knowing, Heinlein-ish Little House in the asteroid belt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STORIES FROM AFIELD by Bruce L. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Reflective thoughts and vibrant specifics bring a nature biologist's love of the outdoors to readers."
A wildlife biologist shares some of his adventures in the field. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Sally Field Can Play The Transsexual  by Leslie L. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 21, 2014

"A sincere journey of transformation that successfully balances politics and storytelling with heartwarming results."
In Smith's novel, a young man finds that it's time to grow up and change his reckless behavior after he loses his dear friend to AIDS. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLYGIRL by Sherri L. Smith
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"A vibrant picture of WWII women and of Jim Crow as it was then. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
During World War II, a semi-military unit of women pilots, the WASPs, fought for their chance to serve their country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SPARROW by Sherri L. Smith
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 11, 2006

"A moving story that rings true. (Fiction. 12-18)"
An African-American teen's search for family leads from Chicago to the warmth and revelry of New Orleans at Mardi Gras. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PASADENA by Sherri L. Smith
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A stylish exploration of loss. (Fiction. 12-18)"
When her best friend, Maggie, apparently commits suicide, Jude thinks it might actually be murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1992

"A fine yarn for mariners, armchair or otherwise, and a cautionary tale for those who do business in great waters. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
A fascinatingly detailed account of how a handful of Japanese sailing enthusiasts overcame cultural tradition and public disinterest to make their country a credible contender for one of yachting's greatest prizes—the America's Cup. Read full book review >

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BRETTA MARTYN by L. Neil Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Noteworthy for its increasingly batty attempts to transplant old-time windjammer swashbuckling into space, and a political subtext that drones in the background like a half-heard but annoying chuckle."
More space-pirate folderol, following Henry Martyn (1989). Read full book review >