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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

TWILIGHT CHILD by Sally Warner
FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2006

"Factor in predictable, corny plot details, some stock characters and information about laundry practices that few young readers will find compelling. (glossary with pronunciation guide for Finnish and Scottish words and names) (Fiction. 12-15)"
In 1793, 15-year-old Finnish-born Eleni is taken in by a kindly matriarch on the Scottish island of Mull after her father's ship is lost off the coast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO BE A REAL PERSON (IN JUST ONE DAY) by Sally Warner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Very likely this novel will strike a responsive chord among readers who believe they have to handle family problems by themselves. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Warner (Totally Confidential, p. 805, etc.) here serves up a touching novel about a gritty and determined young girl who tries to cope with her mother's mental illness all alone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Henriette-Julie de Murat (whose biography one hopes Warner is already at work on)."
Wonder Tales ($22.00; Oct. 1996; 256 pp.; 0-374-29281-7): A lavishly entertaining collection of French fairy tales, dating from the 17th century and including both racy revisions of traditional folk materials and excerpts from long-forgotten romans and romances. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 1999

"Warner's compelling study of how we deal with fears through stories will be enjoyed equally by cultural historians and by any parent who has observed a child delighted by Beatrix Potter's Roly Poly Pudding or by Sendak's Wild Things."
Warner continues her erudite and entertaining investigation of fairy tales (begun in From the Beast to the Blonde, 1995) in a new study of the pleasure we derive from the fearful figures in tales and songs. Read full book review >