Search Results: "Alice Jean Doyle"


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DOG TALES by Julie LaLance
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A sweet, simple story that will engage youngsters."
In her debut, singer/songwriter turned children's authorLaLance offers the adventures of talking canines on a farm in bucolic Bluebird County. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN'S FEAST by Jean Richardson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Not essential, but enjoyable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The carol about ``Good King Wenceslas'' is expanded into a sentimental story in which a rather thoughtless young page is taken along to see how the less fortunate live; the bounty he and his king take to the humble cottage is shared in a sumptuous feast after the king himself builds up the fire. Read full book review >

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A B SEE by Elizabeth Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"While the tiny images will make this a challenge for young babies, the large number of objects to identify means they will return to it again and again as their vocabularies expand. (Board book. 1-4)"
Hundreds of tiny, subtly raised images to study and name make a lovely, tactile alphabet book that can be enjoyed far longer than most ABC books. Read full book review >

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OH, PLAY THAT THING by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2004

"An uncharacteristic misstep in a brilliant writer's estimable career."
Terrorist Henry Smart, the memorable IRA antihero of Doyle's superb sixth novel (A Star Called Henry, 1999) makes an imperfect conquest of America in this widely ranging sequel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2011

"Impressive feats from an important soldier, but the book has the ring of an official military account."
The inspiring story of one soldier in Iraq in 2006 determined to make peace with warring tribal factions. Read full book review >

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PADDY CLARKE HA HA HA by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 1993

"A work of maturity and grace."
Irish writer Doyle's fourth novel (The Van, The Snapper, etc.)—and the just-announced 1993 Booker Prize winner: a story that depicts with remarkable acuity that extraordinary intensity of response that is at the heart of childhood. Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN FANTASTIC by Tom Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A great way to better understand the man behind the garish glasses and platform boots."
Veteran rock journalist Doyle (Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, 2014, etc.) continues his foray into the 1970s music scene with a compelling profile of an unlikely rock star. Read full book review >

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COURTSHIP & CURSES by Marissa Doyle
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"It's considerably more aristocratic and less nuanced than Austen's middle-class world, but Austenites—especially those whose favorite scenes involve shopping and balls—won't mind. (author's note) (Historical fantasy romance. 12 & up)"
Though it bucks the fan-fiction trend of making Jane Austen a character (often of the undead variety), this cheery Regency fantasy qualifies as major homage. Read full book review >

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STRAY VOLTAGE by Eugenie Doyle
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 30, 2002

"Doyle is an exciting new voice and definitely someone to watch. (Fiction. 10 +)"
This simply drawn portrait of an 11-year-old boy pulls readers into the loneliness of a child coping with his mother's absence and his father's neglect. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"An unpredictable, unfailingly intelligent demonstration of a unique wit given free reign."
The Thurber Prize winner struts his stuff. Read full book review >

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THE DEPORTEES by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2008

"Point taken, but what might have been entertaining as a newsprint monthly series seems slight in book form."
The novelist's first story collection holds more socio-cultural than literary interest. Read full book review >

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THE VAN by Roddy Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Vintage Doyle."
A beaten-up van dispensing fish and chips, not some clearing in the deep woods, is the setting for Doyle's warm, humorous, and cleareyed look at male friendship—in this his third book featuring the irrepressible Rabbitte family of Dublin (The Commitments, 1989; The Snapper, see above). Read full book review >