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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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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THE BUTTERFLY CABINET by Bernie McGill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 5, 2011

"An emotionally bracing, refreshingly intelligent and ultimately heartbreaking story."
Like an Irish Upstairs Downstairs but much darker, McGill's first novel examines the events surrounding a child's death in 1892 from the point of view of both her aristocratic mother and a young housemaid. Read full book review >

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I DO NOT LIKE AL'S HAT by Erin McGill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Fans of quirky humor and hard-core rabbit lovers won't mind the arbitrariness of the ending, and the art is charming. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A magician's rabbit decides he's had his ears pulled one too many times. Read full book review >

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FIGHTER by Leslie McGill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Simple and powerful. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Easily angered Jair picks a fight with outsider Zander in a compassionate and efficiently told tale. Read full book review >

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DEAR MARCUS by Jerry McGill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Such a literary flourish is an exception to the matter-of-fact approach that characterizes the narrative, where most of the lessons learned are plainspoken, but also hard won."
An inspirational memoir by a writer who refuses to be defined by his paralysis, as he comes to terms with the unknown man who shot him. Read full book review >

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IMMACULATE IN BLACK by E.J. McGill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 1991

"Redeemed only by its subplot: the grief-stricken Shermans coming to terms, at last, with the loss of their son some years before."
Logically inconsistent first novel featuring a bridge-playing husband-and-wife detective team, the Shermans, who, here, try to figure out what happened to naughty Shelly Egan in the seven minutes that elapsed between her panicky 911 call and her death by strangulation. Read full book review >

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FAVORITES OF 2016 - PART THREE
by Leila Roy

Welcome to part three of the four-part, month-by-month breakdown of my favorite books of the year! (Note: by ‘favorite books of the year,’ I mean books that I read in 2016, not necessarily books that were published in 2016.)

July: Flannery, by Lisa Moore

Are you a fan of Melina Marchetta’s realistic fiction? THEN PICK THIS BOOK UP. It’s ...


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