Search Results: "A.B. Whelan"


BOOK REVIEW

FIELDS OF ELYSIUM by A.B. Whelan
Released: Oct. 31, 2012

"A YA tale for teens who like their sci-fi served up with a heavy dash of melodrama."
A lonely teen discovers a secret wormhole to a distant planet—and a distant boy who steals her heart—in this young-adult sci-fi romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CURRICULUM VITAE by A.B. Boyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2014

"A dramatic, intentionally dreary meditation on modern melancholy."
In Boyd's debut novel, the routines and reflections of a bored high school English teacher sketch an unflattering portrait of American ennui. Read full book review >

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THE RETROSPECTIVE by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2013

"Yehoshua's intelligent and refined novel recalls once again Faulkner's famous dictum that 'the past isn't dead. It isn't even past.'"
An elegant and graceful translation of Yehoshua's 2011 Hesed Sefaradi, a novel about an aging Israeli director reviewing both his films and his life. Read full book review >

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The Dead of Winter by A.B. Gibson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Although readers will know what to expect, this spine-tingling book will still induce shrieks."
Four friends reunite at a bed-and-breakfast and find some local Halloween-themed attractions to be a little too frightening in Gibson's debut horror yarn. Read full book review >

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MR. MANI by A.B. Yehoshua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Still, an interesting, and certainly challenging, read."
A self-consciously experimental novel from Israeli writer Yehoshua (Five Seasons, A Late Divorce, etc.) in which a family's history is told backwards in one-sided conversations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DISAPPEARED by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2008

"This will be a new subject for most young readers, and it will be eye opening. (epilogue, bibliography) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
When she was little, Silvia loved visiting the zoo, where "danger was safely caged," and the theater, where the misery and murder on stage disappeared when the curtain came down. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LISTENING FOR LIONS by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"Readers will cheer as the truth sets Rachel free, and as she, against all odds, becomes a doctor and returns to Africa to rebuild the hospital where her father healed patients before her. (glossary, author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 12-15)"
Raised in British East Africa, Rachel knows well that when parents die, their young are vulnerable to attack. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Though readers must remember that this is all fiction, the result is a rich evocation of a fascinating experiment. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Famous for the depiction of her family in Little Women, Louisa May Alcott had many more adventures only hinted at in her surviving childhood diaries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WANIGAN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2002

"Still, readers will enjoy meeting this spirited 11-year-old, and may even be tempted to seek out Cornelia Meigs's Newbery Honor winning Swift River (1932, 1994) for a similarly rousing voyage. (author's note, illustrations not seen) (Fiction. 9-11)"
"I will be forced to live in low circumstances," moans bookish Annabel Lee as she and her mother prepare to follow her father and other lumberjacks down Michigan's Au Sable River aboard a "wanigan," or floating kitchen/supply raft, with a winter's crop of logs. Read full book review >

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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1995

"That and the simple sentences in which the book is written make the book accessible to younger readers, even though it is lengthy. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Historical fiction set in the early days of America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEE WHAT I SEE by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"Kate's journey from selfishness to selflessness and back to the healthy middle path is quietly touching, if not as powerfully moving as it could be. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Kate Tapert is caught between two consuming passions: a drive to capture on canvas the austere beauty of her rural Upper Peninsula hometown of Larch, Mich., and a devotion to her mother. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOCKED GARDEN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"While some plot details are convenient, this exceptional story never lets the focus override the characterization. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
From page one, National Book Award winner Whelan establishes a strong sense of time, unusual setting and characters—an asylum for the mentally ill in 20th-century Michigan. Read full book review >