Search Results: "Abi Maxwell"


BOOK REVIEW

LAKE PEOPLE by Abi Maxwell
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Maxwell's passion for storytelling about place and family is obvious, but her command of characters and tone is no match for it."
A woman strives to triangulate her history and identity in a melancholy lake town in this gauzy debut. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2015

"Sure to spark the interest of animal-loving children, this engaging portrait will also please history buffs and Anglophiles. (timeline, author's note, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Maxwell presents a brief biography of Abraham Dee Bartlett, the self-taught animal expert who became superintendent of the London Zoo in 1859 and subsequently made significant improvements in the understanding, care, and treatment of animals in captivity. Read full book review >

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COUNTING ON SNOW by Maxwell Newhouse
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Lovely and, thanks to its small trim, intimate. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A quiet Arctic counting book takes readers from "10 caribou crunching" and "9 muskoxen mingling" down to "2 snowy owls swooping" and "1 moose, silent in the falling snow." Read full book review >

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RUBY AND GRUB by Abi Burlingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A doggy love note, but it's no better than a bland alternative to Harry the Dirty Dog (1956) or such descendants as Lori Mortensen and Michael Allen Austin's Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg (2013). (Picture book. 5-7)"
Grub is such a muddy, mucky, messy dog! What to do? Read full book review >

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A GIRL MADE OF DUST by Nathalie Abi-Ezzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"Part folk tale, part reportage, this moving portrait achieves a dark poetry."
War-ravaged Lebanon, seen through the eyes of a brave, wise child. Read full book review >

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GRUB IN LOVE by Abi Burlingham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"A bland episode, though likely to leave more-reflective readers wondering when the puppies will be coming along. (Picture book. 5-7)"
New neighbors Ruby and Billy make friends fairly easily, but their dogs suffer the pangs of love in this cozy import. Read full book review >

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SWEET UNREST by Lisa Maxwell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"A tale of magic, murder and romance in the steamy South. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
History has a way of repeating itself in this atmospheric Southern gothic ghost story. Read full book review >

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TINE TO LIVE, A TINE TO DIE by Edith Maxwell
Released: May 28, 2013

"The first in a planned series offers plenty of organic gardening lore, characters too nice to kill anyone and a mystery guaranteed not to keep you up at night."
An organic farmer has a lot more than crop failure to worry about. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Though she'll go to almost any length to muscle out a story, Maxwell writes with refreshingly little machismo."
A wryly told, delightful mÇlange of footloose chronicles by a sometimes anxious wanderer. Read full book review >

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ALL THE WINTERS THAT HAVE BEEN by Evan Maxwell
Released: April 26, 1995

"Soft-focus themes—of decades-deferred sexual attraction, family as an antidote to mortality, and save-the-wolves eco- correctness—for the crowd who like their novels short, clichÇ- ridden, and bargain-basement poignant."
A Bridges of Madison County knockoff, from a former journalist who has co-written mysteries (Murder Hurts, 1993, etc.) with his wife under the name A.E. Maxwell. Read full book review >

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BILLIE DYER AND OTHER STORIES by William Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"Treasurable small masterworks of American literature."
From a writer whose career has now spanned almost 60 years comes a volume of breathtakingly perfected and lovely stories that have most of the past century for their grazing land. Read full book review >