Search Results: "Barbara Sparks"


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GANZY REMEMBERS by Mary Grace Ketner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 29, 1991

"This warm evocation of the links and contrasts between age and youth marks a solid debut for both Ketner and Sparks. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A child visits her great-grandmother in a nursing home, where 'Ganzy' reminisces about her own childhood in rural Texas: riding her horse dangerously fast, finding a sparrow's nest in her father's overalls on the clothesline, or taking in travelers- - including Pancho Villa in disguise. Read full book review >

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FALLING HARD by Megan Sparks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"This fun romp of a girls' sports story would make a highly watchable flick (and arguably already has, given its resemblance to the 2009 film Whip It). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Roller derby and cheerleading are even farther apart than London and Liberty Heights, Ill. Read full book review >

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LOTUS BLUE by Cat Sparks
Released: March 7, 2017

"The epitome of a slow burn, with a drawn-out plot and leisurely pace, this jigsaw puzzle requires full attention to piece together. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A post-apocalyptic vision from Australia. Read full book review >

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SAFE HAVEN by Nicholas Sparks
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"An emotionally wrenching story with a dramatic happily-ever-after."
A young woman with secrets finds home, community and a potential new love in a small North Carolina beach town; now if she can only rid herself of a past that haunts her, she may just have the life she's always longed for. Read full book review >

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THE GUARDIAN by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"Tame thriller, simply written—but Sparks's name should sell it."
The megaselling writer of just-folks tearjerkers (Nights in Rodanthe, not reviewed, etc.) tries his hand at suspense—with lackluster results. Read full book review >

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NIGHTS IN RODANTHE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2002

"Short, to the point, and absolutely unremarkable: sure to be another medium-hot romance-lite hit for Sparks, who at the very least can never be accused of overstaying his welcome."
A mother unburdens a story of past romance to her troubled daughter for no good reason. Read full book review >

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SEE ME by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"More of the same: Sparks has his recipe, and not a bit of it is missing here. It's the literary equivalent of high fructose corn syrup, stickily sweet but irresistible."
Sparks (The Longest Ride, 2013, etc.) serves up another heaping helping of sentimental Southern bodice-rippage. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Though fuzzy on the future, a remarkable story about a remarkable episode in world history."
An absorbing account of South Africa's recent five-year ``negotiated revolution.'' Johannesburg-based veteran reporter Sparks (The Mind of South Africa, 1990) is well situated to interview both apartheid-era Afrikaner officials and members of the African National Congress. Read full book review >

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THE RESCUE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"More Hallmarkiana, from a shameless expert in the genre."
High-stakes weepmeister Sparks (A Walk to Remember, 1999, etc.) opts for a happy ending his fourth time out. His writing has improved—though it's still the equivalent of paint-by-numbers—and he makes use this time of at least a vestige of credible psychology. Read full book review >

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THE LONGEST RIDE by Nicholas Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Just the sort of thing for Sparks buffs."
Love means never having to say you're dead. Read full book review >

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THE UNFINISHED WORLD by Amber Sparks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"Stylish and deeply imagined."
A collection of elliptical stories in which death throws a long shadow over an eclectic group of characters. Read full book review >

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"A compelling mystery too concerned with the details."
A sweeping narrative about a strange, orphaned girl and the college town pulled into her orbit. Read full book review >