Search Results: "Barbara Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

TEMPO CHANGE by Barbara Hall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 9, 2009

"Bravo. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Blanche's father, who did a disappearing act when she was six, is famous, a seminal rocker who has been off finding himself for the last ten years. Read full book review >

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FOOL'S HILL by Barbara Hall
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A tender, appealing growing- up story. (Fiction 11+)"
Again, Hall (Dixie Storms, 1990) affectionately re-creates a summer in the South without glamorizing the opportunities (or lack of them) for teens who live there. Read full book review >

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THE MUSIC TEACHER by Barbara Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"Presents music as a glorious metaphor for an approach to life."
A music teacher's failure with her gifted student is the starting point for this deeply felt meditation by adult and YA author Hall (The Noah Confessions, 2007, etc.) on the demands of musical passion and human love.Read full book review >

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A SUMMONS TO NEW ORLEANS by Barbara Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2000

"An engaging tale, enhanced by its moody, threatening New Orleans setting."
A rape trial is the unlikely cause of a reunion among three troubled friends. Read full book review >

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THE NOAH CONFESSIONS by Barbara Hall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 8, 2007

"Though it covers no new ground, both the easygoing narrative and the solid characters provide a pleasant read. (Fiction. YA)"
Letters detailing her deceased mother's shocking past prod a teenage girl to learn more of her family's dark history. Read full book review >

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CLOSE TO HOME by Barbara Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"In spite of some too-snappy brushwork on the cast, Hall keeps one's interest in the tangled webs Lydia discovers."
In a classy soap, with overeasy characterizations redeemed by some stinging insights and pace, Hall (A Better Place, 1994) again takes on those little town blues, this time as a setting for a marriage foundering on American caste and regional divisions, and further corroded by old family secrets. Read full book review >

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A BETTER PLACE by Barbara Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The characters, the readers, and especially the author (whose solid abilities we hope will lead to more exciting books) would all be better off if they left Maddock."
Rural backbiting and stagnation don't create much excitement in a mild adult debut by the author of Fool's Hill (1992) and other YA titles. Read full book review >

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A ROMANTIC NOD TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
by Bobbi Dumas

As we close out March, I thought it would be a nice salute to women’s history month to focus on some great historical romance and some truly terrific romance heroines!

First off, I wanted to give a major shout-out to a debut novel that was released this week, Lisa Berne’s You May Kiss the Bride (which earned a starred review ...


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LOVE & LAUGHTER BY CHAPTERS
by Bobbi Dumas

I’ve written think pieces, essays, book reviews, blog posts, etc., etc., etc. on the amazing power of romance novels - how they make us feel better, uplift us, create community for many women (and some men), help us feel secure in a sometimes hostile world, and on and on and on.

I know not everyone agrees with me on this, but ...


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FAVORITES AND NEW DISCOVERIES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

As I prepare for another year to roll in, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads and new discoveries from 2016.

Some of you may know this has been a bit of a tumultuous year for me, but I was blessed to travel to a number of conferences, including RT, RWA, Chicago North’s Spring Fling, and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

EVERYONE SLEEPS by Marcellus Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2013

"An inventive if not wholly successful look at the nighttime world of nature. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginative pug with insomnia explores the night world of sleeping animals with a dreamlike narrative in rhyming text. Read full book review >

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CAT TALE by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"Smart and accessible, charming and witty, this is one for educators and adventurers alike. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Hall cleverly plays with homophones in this diverting word adventure. Read full book review >