Search Results: "Alexis York Lumbard"


BOOK REVIEW

WHEN THE ANIMALS SAVED EARTH by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2015

"Some explicit brutality in the pictures adds sobering notes to this pointed fable. (source note) (Picture book/folk tale. 6-9)"
In this version of an ancient but topical tale first recorded in 10th-century Iraq, abused animals and the heedless humans who afflict them argue their cases before a celestial judge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINE AND THE WINTER SPARROW by Alexis York Lumbard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"A pleasing pourquoi tale. (Picture book/folktale. 5-8)"
The evergreen-ness of the pine tree is explained in a tale that's possibly Cherokee but definitely Native American. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CONFERENCE OF BIRDS by Farid al-Din Attar
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 16, 2012

"Soaring in some aspects, but limited in appeal. (Religious poetry. 8-12)"
This laudable attempt to retell the gist of a 12th-century poem of over 4,000 verses may be of interest to religious educators and parents who want to expose young people to varied spiritual values. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO BROKEN HEARTS by Sheila York
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 2014

"Chatty, detailed and slow-moving, though replete with incident. The conscientious plot complications are consistently overshadowed by revelations about life under the studio system."
It's the 1940s, and screenwriter Lauren Atwill is loaned out to a studio that's just a tad apprehensive that where she goes, violent death follows (Death in Her Face, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SWEET LIFE by Lynn York
Released: March 1, 2007

"Disappointing effort from York, a writer with plenty of potential but too few fresh ideas."
York revisits Swan's Knob as change takes hold of this small southern town. Read full book review >

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MERCY by Alissa York
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The fallen priest is an old story, but newcomer York's searing images mark her as a talent to watch."
Two devout Catholics, yielding to temptation, destroy three lives in this intermittently powerful first novel, a Canadian counterpart to Southern Gothic. Read full book review >

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A GOOD KNIFE’S WORK by Sheila York
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 20, 2010

"Readers with a taste for nostalgia will welcome the period lingo and atmosphere from York (Star Struck Dead, 2003). But the locked-venue puzzle, an obvious salute to John Dickson Carr, is tedious."
A 1940s radio writer goes undercover among the staff of a rival program. Read full book review >

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DEATH IN HER FACE by Sheila York
Released: Sept. 19, 2012

"A fast-paced, lightweight talkfest with a surprisingly clever solution. The greatest pleasure, however, is watching a bunch of variously amusing studio types take turns pouting, posturing, mugging and declaiming as if they're the hottest story of 1946."
A dead body and a vanished starlet pull heiress/screenwriter Lauren Atwill back to Hollywood for another retro whodunit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLOW LORIS by Alexis Deacon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"Pair this with Lynn Munsinger's Score One for the Sloths (2001) and learn to take it easy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Slow Loris wasn't his real name but that was what everyone called him. A slow loris is just a type of animal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Alexis Deacon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 8, 2006

"No child will miss the answer as the girl cuddles her toys in the morning light. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Deacon's illustrations for this variation on the theme of toys that wake while a child sleeps are heartwarming and very nearly profound. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Alexis Deacon
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers will give themselves over to the dreamlike, immersive narrative, trusting that Volume 2, A Game Without Rules will be along soon. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fifty souls of diverse race and gender gather to witness the passing of great chief Matarka, and one of them will be her successor—if that person can win the cruelly arbitrary contest governed by the sorceress Niope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARADE by Alexis Braud
by Alexis Braud, illustrated by Alexis Braud
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"More Louisiana details in illustration or tale would have made this more valuable, but it's a passable paean to parading if such is needed. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A mouse in the mood for a parade gathers quite a krewe. Read full book review >