Search Results: "Alison McGhee"


BOOK REVIEW

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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FIREFLY HOLLOW by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"This sweet and memorable tale deserves both a sequel and a film version. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
Firefly and Cricket, two tiny animals with big dreams, challenge the status quo by befriending a miniature giant (a boy named Peter)—and by pursuing their destinies with the help of an old river vole. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE MISSING DONUT by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"Packed with personality, from the pastries to the people to the delightful deputy dog, this sweet confection is sure to satisfy. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This simple story of a Wild West enthusiast with a penchant for pastry will tickle the funny bones of young listeners and parents alike. Read full book review >

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JULIA GILLIAN by Alison McGhee
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"A fresh, winsome heroine learns a lesson about facing her fears in this first of an anticipated series. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Julia Gillian goes out of her way to avoid unhappy endings. Read full book review >

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SO MANY DAYS by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"You are song that longs to be sung.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tousle-haired child reads, walks, tumbles, dances and flies through these pages. Read full book review >

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JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE DREAM OF THE DOG) by Alison McGhee
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2010

"Kozjan's frequent drawings (final art not seen) add a cheerful touch. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Now in sixth grade, Julia Gillian copes with her fear of eighth graders, a stubborn third-grade reading buddy as reading-averse as she is and her dog Bigfoot's last illness. Read full book review >

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THE SWEETEST WITCH AROUND by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The contrast between the sister's understanding and depicted reality is not enough to maintain this 32-page joke. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the companion title to A Very Brave Witch (2006), the gutsy, green-skinned girl hopes to teach her little sister to be courageous as well. Read full book review >

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STAR BRIGHT by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"An understated, appealing story with fine integration between the succinct text and imaginative illustrations. (Picture book/religion. 4-8)"
This charming addition to the gifts-for-baby-Jesus theme imagines the origin of the bright star shining over Bethlehem at the Nativity. Read full book review >

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ONLY A WITCH CAN FLY by Alison McGhee
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2009

"Like its protagonist, this book soars. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"If you were a young witch, who had not yet flown, / and the dark night sky held a round yellow moon…" Well, you'd want to fly, wouldn't you? Read full book review >

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LITTLE BOY by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"This is a beautiful reminder to all that these days will pass all too quickly and must be savored—the perfect gift for harried new parents. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A gentle look at the minutiae that make up life's learning moments and the importance they hold as building blocks for the future. Read full book review >

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SOMEDAY by Alison McGhee
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 27, 2007

"McGhee's homage to the unbroken bond that connects mothers to their children is a gift to share across generations. (Picture book. All ages)"
From a new mother's first moments with her infant to the seasoned perspective of a grandmother in the twilight of her life, McGhee triumphs in her tribute to the steadfast constancy of a mother's love. Read full book review >