Search Results: "Abi Maxwell"


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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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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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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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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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THE WEBER STREET WONDER WORK CREW by Maxwell Newhouse
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

"Too bad. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This cheery but misguided attempt at a social-studies lesson tries to show kids how they can make a little money while helping others and making their own neighborhood a better place to live. Read full book review >

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THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 18, 2017

"A doorstopper with a total shakeup of an ending: don't miss this splendid series opener. (map) (Historical fantasy. 12-adult)"
Gangs, immigrants, and the rich keeping the poor down, with a twist. Read full book review >

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BUTTERFLY STORM by Suzanne Maxwell
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Heartwarming tale of a woman's physical transformation and spiritual journey."
An accident victim visits heaven in her dreams. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"In his dryness, Maxwell achieves the quiet fury that Philip Larkin regularly mustered in his suspiciously polite verse, but he is both less polite and less bitter than Larkin and remains his own man—a brazen, sarcastic, and ultimately good-natured narrator of the everyday soul."
Originally from Hertfordshire, Maxwell exhibits an intensely English sensibility that belies the many years he has studied and taught at Boston University and Amherst. Read full book review >

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THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL by Cathy Maxwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"Both lively and thought-provoking, this book is well worth reading."
An impoverished noblewoman takes to petty crime until a handsome duke shows interest in marrying her. But does she even want a fairy-tale ending? Read full book review >