Search Results: "Barbara Williams"


BOOK REVIEW

THE HOPE IN LEAVING by Barbara Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"An unsentimentally candid memoir of hope and determination."
A Canadian-born actress's account of how she survived—and then left—an impoverished and dysfunctional family. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite its subtitle, this uneven book is less a self-help manual than a recommendation to remove one's sexual boundaries, with good results guaranteed."
In this debut memoir, the co-founder of a famous clothing-optional resort and, later, of a sanctuary for wild cats, describes her experiences. Read full book review >

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H-E-L-L-L-P! THE CRAZY GANG IS BACK! by Barbara Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 30, 1995

"865, etc.) has penned an unusually vapid tale, with attempts at comedy that come nowhere near the mark. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Kim arrives for her first day of eighth grade only to find that the Welcome Day program has been canceled because the student body officers have been sent home roaring drunk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TITANIC CROSSING by Barbara Williams
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 1995

"Even young children are fascinated by this tale; a cinematic cover (a life-jacketed Albert in a watery foreground, the ship sinking behind him) will ensure the book's popularity. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Williams (Beheaded, Survived, 1987, etc.) revisits the tragic sinking of the Titanic in this engrossing historical novel Albert, 13, and his sister Virginia, 6, are returning to America from England on the ill-fated ship with their recently widowed mother, Katherine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH CASTS A SPELL by Suzanne Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Musical notation is included for those unfamiliar with the tune. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sung to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell," Williams's (My Dog Never Says Please, 2000, etc.) charmer is a real Halloween treat. Read full book review >

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A MIGHTY IMAGINATION
by Julie Danielson

Barbara DaCosta and Ed Young aren’t new to collaboration. In 2012, she wrote and he illustrated Nighttime Ninja, her debut picture book. Mighty Moby, on shelves in early August, is their second collaboration, and it came to exist in a way not typical for most picture books, what the author calls “an unusual method” and “backward.”

Evidently, Ed Young ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LIZZY BENNET'S DIARY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Whether there's a readership for this is open to question, but it is certainly done well. Miss Austen would probably be pleased. (Dear Reader note) (Fiction/pastiche. 8-12)"
Young readers not quite ready to tackle Pride and Prejudice directly but who are yet intrigued by it might enjoy this loving tribute by the indefatigable Williams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ROMANS by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Not a very detailed picture, but broad enough to leave younger readers with a general sense of how grand the grandeur was. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
In cartoon panels, the inimitable Williams offers snapshots of ancient Rome from the mythological creation of the universe to the fall of the empire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"The idiom, setting and details may be British, but young Americans will have no trouble drawing parallels between WWI and the present situation. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Williams departs from her familiar comic-strip style to present this lad's-eye view of the First World War, filling oversize spreads with collages of period post cards, taped-on bric-a-brac, newspaper clippings, foldout letters from the front and cartoons drawn in colored pencil. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE-SCHOOL COOL by Maiya Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Middle schoolers will clamor for a transfer. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Graduates of Wayside School will fit right in at the decidedly unconventional Kaboom Academy. Read full book review >

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BUNNY AND BEE PLAYTIME by Sam  Williams
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"The offering would have been better served in a larger picture-book edition with more pages to allow the delightful illustrations and the simple story room to breathe. (Board book. 2-4)"
Two toddlers, one costumed as a bunny and another like a bee, are the best of friends. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"Readers, wary or otherwise, could do far worse than dive into these witty, spirited renditions. (no source notes) (Graphic folktales. 8-11)"
Eight animal tales highlighting the value of cleverness and the hazards of greed are retold in Williams' signature breezy style. Read full book review >