Search Results: "Amanda Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

AMANDA by Kay Hooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A well-traveled path with nary an unpredictable turn. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
A first hardcover for the popular Hooper provides all the requisite thrills, chills, and hot-blooded romance, but this southern-style mystery, love story, should-be-a-TV-movie-of-the- week somehow lacks soul. Read full book review >

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PRINCE OF THE BIRDS by Amanda  Hall
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"Trimming Irving's elaborate language, Hall's version is still colorful and slightly exotic, and much more suited to its younger audience. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hall's story follows its inspiration, Washington Irving's tale of the Pilgrim of Love from his Alhambra, and uses some familiar fairytale tropes. Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN SUN by Amanda  Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"This, coupled with her unique perspective on a common theme, make the dramatic read-aloud an easy addition to multicultural collections. (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Weaving together important themes in Native Alaskan culture, Hall (The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale, not reviewed, etc.) creates a hauntingly original story. Read full book review >

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THE AMANDA PROJECT by Stella Lennon
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A baldly predatory attempt to get into teens' wallets. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
According to popular Callie, Amanda Valentino was a quirky math genius who lived in a pretty, Victorian house. Read full book review >

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AMANDA BEAN'S AMAZING DREAM by Cindy Neuschwander
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"At the end of the book, Marilyn Burns (The Greedy Triangle, 1995, etc.) does a credible, if prim, job of explaining the broad contexts of multiplication to adults working with children. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The protagonist in this story has a sort of low-grade obsessive/compulsive disorder: "I count anything and everything," chirps Amanda. Read full book review >

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AMANDA/MIRANDA by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: March 11, 1980

"All in all, a gorgeously romantic, implausible affair comfy as eiderdown."
Peck has unearthed one of the hoariest of chimney-corner romantic devices—the wobbly course of love and intrigue when two young things of diverse origins and temperament look exactly alike and cross destinies; and he displays it here in late-Edwardian satin, with agile prose and a straight face. Read full book review >

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WOLF HALL by Hilary Mantel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Masterfully written and researched but likely to appeal mainly to devotees of all things Tudor."
Exhaustive examination of the circumstances surrounding Henry VIII's schism-inducing marriage to Anne Boleyn. Read full book review >

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ARSENIO HALL by Norman King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 1993

"MPSLUGMISTER Stardust battles bad vibes from the critics and wins the moon. (Photos—not seen.)"
Another centimeter-deep celebio from King (Madonna, 1991; Everybody Loves Oprah!, 1987, etc.), and one with no research acknowledgements, pointing up King's failure to land an interview with Hall or anyone close to him. Read full book review >

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DEADLIGHT HALL by Sarah Rayne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2015

"Michael and Nell's fifth thriller is skillfully structured and packed with suspense."
Ghosts from World War II haunt a Victorian mansion. Read full book review >

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CAVENDON HALL by Barbara Taylor Bradford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Not even the Great War can jar this novel out of its stalwart complacency."
Life—and melodrama—upstairs and downstairs at a Yorkshire stately home, as World War I nears. Read full book review >

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INDEPENDENCE HALL by Roland Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"An interactive website is scheduled to launch with the book's release. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old "Q," or Quest, is at a life-changing moment. Read full book review >

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HARMONY HALL by Ric McGee
Released: March 27, 2006

"A touching portrait that masterfully depicts an unpleasant reality of life."
A mother and daughter's journey to come to terms with the aging process, aided by a colorful cast of characters at a remarkable retirement home. Read full book review >