Search Results: "Alice McGill"


BOOK REVIEW

MOLLY BANNAKY by Alice McGill
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"These don't destroy the suspense, but will compromise the accessibility of the story for children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A sneeze and a cow kicking over the milk launches this true tale of a 17-year-old dairymaid in England in 1683; Molly was subsequently accused of stealing her lordship's milk and brought before a court. Read full book review >

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MILES' SONG by Alice McGill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2000

"This is promising work. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Professional storyteller McGill (Molly Bannaky, 1999) has written a first novel that is enjoyable and compelling, though it shows some seams. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"A rigorous portrait of a woman of strong opinions who surely should have run for office herself. Promises to revive the old dame's reputation."
Frank, thoroughgoing life of Teddy Roosevelt's oldest daughter, wife of the Speaker of the House, witty Washington hostess and blistering critic of FDR. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2004

"Most of these are available in other versions, but the reteller has made them new with some delicious twists. (lengthy introduction) (Folktales. 7-11)"
Veteran talespinner McGill looks back to her North Carolina childhood for five trickster tales, three featuring Bruh Rabbit. Read full book review >

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WAY UP AND OVER EVERYTHING by Alice McGill
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2008

"It's a tale that will have a profound effect. (author's note) (Picture book/folktale. 7-9)"
The small, enigmatic figures in Daly's folk-style landscape paintings add to the air of mystery infusing this spare rendition of "The People Could Fly," retold here in a version handed down from storyteller McGill's slave-born ancestor. Read full book review >

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ALICE by Hugo Vickers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2002

"Sympathetic yet free of pathos, Vickers's life celebrates an unusual and fascinating woman."
A well-crafted life of the late mother-in-law of the present queen of England. Read full book review >

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ALICE & OLIVER by Charles Bock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"A stunning book about Alice and Oliver, yes, but also about the way illness shatters us all."
A literary novel about cancer and the way a husband and wife try to survive. Read full book review >

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SISTER ALICE by Robert Reed
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"An extravagant, surprising, often astonishing odyssey from the author of Marrow (2000), etc.: challenging and bewildering in equal measure."
Fix-up (concatenation and rewrite) of five long stories, 1993-2000. Read full book review >

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ALICE FALLING by William Wall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A sordid tale that, when you think it can't possibly get any worse, does."
An extremely grim first novel, about the way victims can all too easily shade into victimizers, from an Irish poet and prize-winning storywriter. Read full book review >

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ALICE WALKER by Maria Lauret
Released: Jan. 17, 2000

"The best kind of literary criticism: Not blind to Walker's flaws as a writer and a thinker, Lauret still finds richness and depth in her writing that will send readers back to the novels."
An engrossing analysis of the novels and other works of Alice Walker that unearths intricate relationships and challenging premises. Read full book review >

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ACHINGLY ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1998

"Naylor continues to usher Alice, and readers, toward adolescence with this well-knit, frequently hilarious story, cemented with buckets full of information, reassurance, and common sense. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Readers who have, with Alice, been waiting impatiently for her widowed father and favorite teacher, Miss Summers, to pick a date will have to wait some more; the Alice series (Outrageously Alice, 1997, etc.) continues to feature comic twists, comfortably familiar characters who still have surprises to reveal, and a plot that includes some serious issues. Read full book review >