Search Results: "Alison McGhee"


BOOK REVIEW

ALL RIVERS FLOW TO THE SEA by Alison McGhee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Touching and triumphant. (Fiction. YA)"
Rose and her older sister, Ivy, were in a car accident one dusky evening in the Adirondack Mountains near their home. Read full book review >

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RAINLIGHT by Alison McGhee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Less-than-credible charactersStarr being the most unconvincingremember and forgive in anodyne ways in a debut that, for all its evocations of feeling, remains emotionally dry-eyed."
A carefully wrought take on death, love, and other profundities in a small town tries but fails to move or matter. Read full book review >

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WAS IT BEAUTIFUL? by Alison McGhee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2003

"Skillfully done, but little new, and determinedly sentimental."
After Shadow Baby (2000), McGhee drifts maudlin-ward in a tale of loss set in upstate New York. Read full book review >

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FALLING BOY by Alison McGhee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2007

"McGhee is a gifted writer, but clever word play and a plethora of pointed metaphors are not enough to bring her fictional world to life."
A wheelchair-bound teenager learns to survive the damage he's suffered, emotional as well as physical, in this slight but highly wrought story from McGhee (Was It Beautiful?, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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NEVER COMING BACK by Alison McGhee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Fierce, complicated characters appear to grow out of the severe Adirondack landscape, and McGhee swerves away from sentimentality in addressing the relentlessly changing relationship at the novel's core."
A luminous novel about a daughter who attempts to make peace with her mother, who's been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease; McGhee revisits characters from Shadow Baby (2000). Read full book review >

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SNAP by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"Skilled writing and a fresh voice give this common theme a new life. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Desperate to create some order in her world, Eddie makes lists obsessively and wears a rainbow of rubber bands on her wrists to remind her of the important things in life. Read full book review >

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SHADOW BABY by Alison McGhee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Bound for success, or else the world has gone mad."
Clara winter's mother, Tamar (more about that lower-case "w" in a minute), is no slouch either, since otherwise she'd never be able to keep up with her 11-year-old quick-as-a-wink daughter, something she in fact does very well indeed, though invariably playing her cards extremely close to her chest. Read full book review >

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MAYBE A FOX by Kathi Appelt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Intriguing as a story of connection to the animal world and, for perceptive readers, filled with solace. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A fox kit born with a deep spiritual connection to a rural Vermont legend has a special bond with 11-year-old Jules. Read full book review >

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PABLO AND BIRDY by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A quiet, memorable, fantastical tale beautifully complemented by Juan's illustrations. (Fabulism. 8-12)"
It has been 10 years since Pablo landed on the shores of the diverse community of Isla, with his lavender parrot, Birdy, in tow, to be adopted by Cuban-American Emmanuel. Read full book review >

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MAKING A FRIEND by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"This retro salute to friendship simply tries to be too much to be successful—it does not hold a candle to McGhee's prior works such as Someday or Little Boy, both illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (2007, 2008) (Picture book. 4-6)"
The early-children's-book feel of Rosenthal's pencil-and-digital illustrations is what will first strike readers of McGhee's rather morose celebration of the forever nature of friendship. Read full book review >

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BYE-BYE, CRIB by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2008

"Toddlers and parents will see bits of themselves in this delightful look at an early rite of passage. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Baby Kitty, Red Blankie, Big Pillow and their owner, a big boy of a narrator, are reluctantly making the transition from a crib to a big-boy bed. Read full book review >

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ALISON, WHO WENT AWAY by Vivian Vande Velde
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2001

"The denouement, which comes in a seriocomic run to a funeral parlor the night of the eighth-grade dance, feels a little forced, but the unfolding of Susan's family's anguish is done at just the right pace, with each shard of emotion placed precisely. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Susan—who now wants people to call her Sibyl—is 14 and fiercely angry. Read full book review >