Search Results: "Alison McGhee"


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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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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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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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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 >