Search Results: "Anna Jane Hays"


BOOK REVIEW

SMARTY SARA by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 8, 2008

"Emergent readers deserve better than this incoherent and condescending tale. (Early reader. 4-7)"
The "mystery" of the key Sara finds on her doorstep plays itself out in this wan offering for young readers. Read full book review >

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READY, SET, PRESCHOOL! by Anna Jane Hays
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2005

"Includes a parent's education guide. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Former Sesame Street editor-in-chief Hays offers a comprehensive resource for fledgling preschoolers and their anxious parents. Read full book review >

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SUN by Natalie Jane Prior
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The board-book audience is unlikely to respond to the delicacy of either illustrations or text—a sad mismatch of form and content. (Ages 3-5)"
Lovely, subtle watercolors and a lyrical text are squashed into a board format that shortchanges both book and readers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"The reader must care about the Hays family to be interested in this cross between a rite of passage and a sea passage, but the voyagers deserve accolades for this hazardous journey."
In an account combining elements of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and a sensitivity training group, a father and son courageously voyage around the tip of South America, challenging the elements, their sailing prowess, and their capacity to get along. Read full book review >

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HOLY SMOKE by Anna Campion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 1999

"The premise and plot are very old-hat, but the Campion sisters' narration is fresh and deft enough to breathe life into them: Worth a look."
A dual debut for filmmaker Campion and her sister Anna, who offer an account of a very twisted love/hate affair that transpires between a kidnaped cult member and her deprogrammer. Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN BRIDE by Tony Hays
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 10, 2012

"A realistic portrait of post-Roman Britain as no Camelot but a down-and-dirty home to warring factions—complex, exciting and well worth your time."
King Arthur's counselor must wear many hats, including a deerstalker. Read full book review >

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THE CULTURAL CONTRADICTIONS OF MOTHERHOOD by Sharon Hays
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Hays is sensitive to the emotional issues involved—and equally astute in perceiving their sociopolitical context."
A lucid, probing examination of our culture's contradictory and troubled relationship to motherhood—and how it affects mothers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1999

TAKE TWO AND HIT TO RIGHTGolden Days on the Semi-Pro DiamondHays, Hobe Read full book review >

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TODAY I AM A BOY by David Hays
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2000

"To his credit, Hays doesn't oversentimentalize things; to his discredit, he never makes his journey the story it could have been. A disappointment."
A semiretired theater director, at age 66, finally becomes a man. Read full book review >

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THE DIVINE SACRIFICE by Tony Hays
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2010

"The complicated plot and bravura ending are sure to appeal to fans of medieval intrigues and stirring battles."
Malgwyn ap Cuneglas, in the service of High King Arthur, uncovers murder and heresy in a second investigation in Dark Ages Britain. Read full book review >

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LEARNING TO DRIVE by Mary Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"A finely wrought tale of the sometimes-harmful bonds of family and faith."
In a deceptively quiet but affecting debut, a young mother is suddenly widowed, and, overwhelmed by guilt and fear, learns to live life to the full on an old Vermont farm. Read full book review >

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DYING LIGHT by Donald Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2005

"Repetitious and trite, despite a few plainspoken, heart-rending moments."
Ten stories in a first collection, mostly about middle-aged Southern men coping with a lifetime of regrets and disappointments, from PEN/Faulkner finalist Hays (The Dixie Association, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >