Search Results: "Anna Branford"


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ANNA by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 1991

"To Be Continued'' quality, making for less than truly satisfying fiction."
In a first US publication, veteran British writer Harrod- Eagles (20 previous novels) brings her not-inconsiderable skills to a grand-scale, if curiously lackluster, romance set against the complex political backdrop of the Napoleonic wars. Read full book review >

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ANNA by Michael Derechin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2014

"A compassionate portrait of a doctor's quest to make a difference."
In this novel set in 1973, a cancer doctor, who's struggling with feelings of futility, reluctantly agrees to treat an 11-year-old girl. Read full book review >

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ANNA by William Loizeaux
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"On behalf of his daughter, Loizeaux shares his sorrow with heartbreaking honesty."
An eloquent, extraordinarily painful memoir of a father's loss of his baby daughter. Read full book review >

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ANNA by Meghan Riley
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"The protagonist mooning over boys sometimes overwhelms the engaging, unique sci-fi elements."
A teenage girl emerges from wallflower status only to be plagued by unexplained phenomena in this young-adult romance novel. Read full book review >

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VIOLET MACKEREL'S PERSONAL SPACE by Anna Branford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"It is no small thing for a 7-year-old to cope with change. Branford offers chapter-book readers an appealing model. (Fiction. 6-10)"
Leaving hurts, but Violet Mackerel finds something that helps. Read full book review >

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VIOLET MACKEREL'S NATURAL HABITAT by Anna Branford
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Still, this sweet family story stands alone and should attract new fans. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Seven-year-old Violet's Theory of Helping Small Things doesn't work out well for a ladybug, but it does inspire her big sister Nicola's successful natural science project. Read full book review >

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VIOLET MACKEREL'S BRILLIANT PLOT by Anna Branford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Violet and her family are original and appealing, a lovely addition to any chapter-book collection of characters. (Fiction. 5-9)"
A collection of small things and a generous gesture win Violet Mackerel the Blue China Bird she's admired for weeks at the Saturday-morning market. Read full book review >

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BRANFORD MARSALIS by Bob Bernotas
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"End notes; index; source list; chronology and discography (through early 1994); 12 full-page b&w photos (not seen). (Biography. 12-15)"
A dry but serviceable look at the career of the oldest Marsalis brother, currently enjoying an enviable gig as musical director of the Tonight show. Read full book review >

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VIOLET MACKEREL'S POCKET PROTEST by Anna Branford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A characteristically intelligent entry in a consistently appealing series. (Fiction. 5-9)"
When Violet and her friend Rose learn that their favorite oak tree is to be cut down, they organize a small protest with a big result. Read full book review >

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VIOLET MACKEREL'S REMARKABLE RECOVERY by Anna Branford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"This agreeable account should attract new Violet Mackerel followers. (Fiction. 5-9)"
Violet Mackerel makes a new friend while waiting for her tonsillectomy and cements that friendship by singing on the radio. Read full book review >

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NELL OF BRANFORD HALL by William Wise
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though the act from which this story springs merits commemoration, the inner and outer devastation wrought by disease is more vividly captured in Cynthia DeFelice's Apprenticeship of Lucas Whittaker (1996) and Anna Myers's Graveyard Girl (1995). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Loosely connected to historical events, this tale of a 17th-century English town that isolated itself to prevent the plague from spreading celebrates selfless courage, but it does so at some distance, and within the confines of a contrived, ordinary story. Read full book review >

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DROWNING ANNA by Sue Mayfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Justice for Hayley is less important than Melanie's and Frances's realizations of their own failures to nurture Anna; in the end, the story represents a bleakly compelling cautionary tale for teens and their adults. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The slow but near-total destruction of a bright and talented teenage girl is clinically anatomized in this British import. Read full book review >