Search Results: "Averil Dean"


BOOK REVIEW

THE UNDOING by Averil Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2016

"Dean follows her startling debut (Alice Close Your Eyes, 2013) with an even more assured tour de force that peels back layer after dreadful layer from her characters in a way that really does produce pity and terror."
A Chinese box of a thriller, structured by a series of ever more distant flashbacks, that digs back, back, back into the past to uncover the reason for the deaths of an indelible ménage à trois.Read full book review >

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ALICE CLOSE YOUR EYES by Averil Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2013

"With troubling psychological and sexual violence, this book is not for the faint of heart. It's scorching, disturbing, and tragic but well-crafted and impressively written."
Since aging out of the foster-care system, Alice has been looking for a man who can help her exact revenge on the person she blames for the bleak direction of her life, but finding him will lead them both on a path of obsession, pain and violence. Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >

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SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >

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A YEAR ON MONHEGAN ISLAND by Julia Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1995

"Dean's first book is a fine study of a tiny community that manages to remain stable despite unusual pressures. (Nonfiction. 9- 11)"
An intriguing visit to a rocky island off the Maine coast; a tourist mecca in the summer, almost completely isolated the rest of the year. Read full book review >

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OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"'Old MacDonald' for narcoleptics. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The heavy-lidded cat with a cult following dons overalls for a trip to the farm. Read full book review >

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PETE THE CAT: PLAY BALL! by James Dean
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"No home run here. (Early reader. 3-5)"
Ultracool Pete the Cat turns his attention to baseball. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISSING IN ACTION by Dean Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2010

"Subtle and engaging. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Jay's dad has been declared Missing in Action in the Pacific during World War II, so he and his mom have moved from Salt Lake City to small-town Utah, where his mother's family lives. Read full book review >