Search Results: "Alma Powell"


BOOK REVIEW

MI CARRITO by Alma Powell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Designed for ages two to four, these board books will also have a place in the hands of kindergarten and first-grade students, giving beginning readers in either English or Spanish a bite-size opportunity for read-alone success. (Board book. 2-6)"
First-timer Powell, wife of Secretary of State Colin Powell, offers a straightforward text of four sentences, in each edition, allows a young bear to detail the handy uses he finds for his wagon—pushing, pulling, going uphill and down, etc. Irregularly occurring rhymes add a hint of musicality to each version, and the illustrations supply details not included in the words, allowing young listeners to supplement the telling. Read full book review >

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WORLDWEAVERS by Alma Alexander
FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Buy it to keep the fans happy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thea Winthrop returns to the Wandless Academy in the fall and is drawn immediately into another adventure when the Federal Bureau of Magic asks for help. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN FEED by Alma Fritchley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Letty's forays into high-level political scandal aren't as original or compelling as the down-home British lunacy of Chicken Run, but Fritchley manages again to invoke a tone as quiescent yet soothing as a root-beer float."
Like it or not, new vistas are opening for Yorkshire chicken farmer Letty Campbell (Chicken Run, p. 620). Read full book review >

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COMMUNITY SOUP by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"For reading aloud or alone, a nourishing choice. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Mary's little lamb becomes a village child's goats in this quirky, Kenya-set tale of making pumpkin vegetable soup. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN SHACK by Alma Fritchley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2001

"Fritchley works some felonious misdoings and an eventual violent death around the edges of a plot that showcases cozy Yorkshire domesticity, farcical romance, and a climactic fire that tidies up the loose ends."
Could this be the end for Letty Campbell—not so much the end of her affair with librarian Anne Marple or of her longer-running friendship with glamorpuss Julia Rossi, which has teetered on the edge throughout her debut (Chicken Run, 1998) and its two sequels, but the end of her far more deeply beloved chicken farm, now overshadowed by a health farm planned by Texas corporation CFC Inspirational Health and Beauty? Read full book review >

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LIBERTAD by Alma Fullerton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2008

"FOREVER') will strike even young readers as a little naïve. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-13)"
Libertad picks trash for a living with his younger brother and their mother in Guatemala City. Read full book review >

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CHICKEN RUN by Alma Fritchley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Readers scared off by the butch heroics of New Victoria's backlist can take comfort in Fritchley's first, a gentle lesbian love story with only a kiss of slow-burning mystery."
Even though Letitia Campbell's latest lover, sleek Julia Rossi, chose her job at Classic Cars over the arcadian pleasures of life at the chicken farm that Letty inherited from her aunt, Letty's willing to let Julia inveigle her into renting out a couple of fallow acres for an auction of stratospherically-priced autos. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALKING ON GLASS by Alma Fullerton
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Readers may appreciate the brevity of a work on such a dire topic, but there is no wise guidance offering young adults deeper understanding or insight and no suggestions of where to go if one wanted to learn more. (Fiction. YA)"
Readers should not be fooled by the size of this little book: A huge problem is contained therein. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS STRAIGHT AHEAD by Alma Neuman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"More than a literary footnote. (Photos—not seen.)"
A memoir in the form of an answer to a love letter delivered 20 years late, by the second wife of James Agee. ``Wanting so badly to answer'' that letter, mislaid in the interim, from the long-dead Agee, Neuman has finally eased her grief by writing the candid story of her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2001

"A truly instructive work."
Clear-eyed essays focusing chiefly on political events of the past decade in Colombia, Mexico, and Cuba. Read full book review >

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THE TAKER by Alma Katsu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Beneath the trappings of undead lore is a love story that's deeply old-fashioned, and not just because the principals were born 200 years ago."
A backwoods Maine doctor falls under the spell of a confessed killer whose loves and sorrows go back two centuries. Read full book review >