Search Results: "Alan Warner"


BOOK REVIEW

MORVERN CALLAR by Alan Warner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1997

"Morvern is the raw, resilient voice of a generation, and if this not-quite-ironic tale of redemption and Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting are any indication, the Scottish Beats are already strong contenders for world-class literary status. (Author tour)"
How does a do-it-all party girl become a woman of virtue, the next best thing to the Virgin Mary? Read full book review >

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THE SOPRANOS by Alan Warner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1999

"A little of this goes a long way, but Warner ends things smashingly with a seriocomic 'all-nighter' featuring fireworks in toilets, 'snogging' and 'shagging' enough for all, followed by a happily unrepentant journey home."
A defiantly abrasive tale by Scots author Warner (These Demented Lands, 1998, etc.) chronicles the misadventures of a sextet of teenaged Catholic schoolgirls seeking excitement and dissipation. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for one-on-one sharing or paired with titles such as Saxton Freymann's Fast Food (2006) for a festive, food-themed storytime. (list of foods portrayed in each photo) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Peek into worlds where the trees are made of broccoli and the clouds of sweet meringue. Read full book review >

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THE MOON QUILT by Sunny Warner
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"The notion of consciously and even joyfully preparing for death after a long life is not necessarily inappropriate for children, but the execution of this story is so deliberately and highly metaphorical it will likely escape the grasp of most young readers. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old woman prepares for death by stitching her memories into a quilt. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

IT’S ONLY TEMPORARY by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2008

"Illustrations from Skye's all-important sketchbook add visual humor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When Skye's brother suffers brain damage in a horrendous car accident, her parents become preoccupied with their own misery and the need to help him recover. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC SEWING MACHINE by Sunny Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A story-hour special. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Two orphans, brother and sister, triumph over their miserable lot in life with the help of a magic sewing machine. Read full book review >

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GREEK: DOUBLE DATE by Marsha Warner
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2010

"The premise is mild fun, but because it centers around previously established characters, the appeal is mostly limited to those who already enjoy the TV series. (Fiction. YA)"
Casey, pledge trainer for Zeta Beta Zeta, agrees to do a favor for her brother, Rusty. Read full book review >

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ACCIDENTAL LILY by Sally Warner
Released: May 1, 1999

"Brief and satisfying for the audience. (Fiction. 7-9)"
PLB 0-679-99138-7 Since moving to Philadelphia, six-year-old Lily Hill (Private Lily, 1998, etc.) has had almost nightly problems with bad dreams and bed-wetting. Read full book review >

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DOG YEARS by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 1995

"The author models responsible and irresponsible behavior, in adults and children both, but overloads the story with lessons and stressful situations. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A sixth grader finds the road to popularity a rocky one in this undisguised problem novel. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2001

"Living proof of the healing power of music."
The moving and mind-boggling story of Tennessee jailbird harmonizers Johnny Bragg and the Prisonaires, from music impresario and author Warner (Billboard's Book of American Singing Groups, not reviewed). Read full book review >