Search Results: "Barrie Watts"


BOOK REVIEW

RABBIT by Angela Royston
by Angela Royston, photographed by Barrie Watts
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Printed on extra-heavy stock, an unusually attractive informational book for the youngest. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
One of two new entries in the ``See How They Grow'' series (the other is Chick). Read full book review >

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I SO DON’T DO SPOOKY by Barrie Summy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

"Perfectly tame for middle schoolers—Sherry's dates never pass PG, and although the threat of the stalker is at times menacing, Sherry's silly, over-the-top inner dialogue helps defuse the situation and provide comic relief. (Mystery. 10-12)"
Despite her attempts to lead a normal life filled with shopping trips and dates with her hunky boyfriend, middle schooler Sherry Holmes Baldwin finds herself thrust back into the role of supernatural sleuth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

In Pursuit of Life Book 2 by Allan Barrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2014

"Lengthy and dotted with suspense, a topsy-turvy story with moments of excitement for patient readers."
In a series of fictional journal entries spanning the late 1950s to the early '70s, Barrie (In Pursuit of Life: The Mob and I, 2014) continues the tale of Harry Miller and his unsteady relationship with the mob. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. by Barrie Summy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2015

"Magic exposes the extent of vicious school bullying in this arresting middle school mystery. (Magical realism. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old who sees memories tackles the mystery of a missing girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I SO DON’T DO MYSTERIES by Barrie Summy
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 9, 2008

"Although so aggressively fluffy and self-consciously chick-lit-y that the narrative at times borders on hokey, Sherry's relationship with her mother's spirit and her own quirky personality elevate this text by adding sincerity and warmth. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
In life, Sherry and her work-obsessed cop mother weren't much of a team, but when Sherry's deceased mom returns as a spirit several months after her death, Sherry can't deny her request to join forces in her quest to move on in the spirit world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADAM ZIGZAG by Barbara Barrie
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, an honest and empathetic portrayal of a not uncommon set of pressures and responses. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of Lone Star (1990), who's also an award-winning actress, describes a dyslexic's troubles and their eventual resolution in a narrative that alert readers will suspect is largely autobiographical. Read full book review >

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RULE OF NINE by Barrie Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Roberts (Sherlock Holmes and the Crosby Murder, 2002, etc.) swells the canon but fails to brighten it. For Baker Street die-hards, maybe."
One more fix for those living in a state of Sherlockian symbiosis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 5, 1997

"A gutsy woman's tale of survival. (Author tour)"
That even colostomies have their humorous aspect is demonstrated in this spirited account by a Tony- and Oscar- nominated actress with a remarkable zest for life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie
CLASSICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A perfect gift for a family that reads aloud. (Fiction. 5+)"
An unusually large, attractive, unabridged edition with dozens of full-page illustrations and smaller vignettes. Read full book review >

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WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND? by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Listeners who enjoy old-fashioned animal stories will appreciate Watts' gentle, whimsical tone, pastoral setting and sweet conclusion, but for many, time spent poring over the pictures will be more rewarding—and enjoyable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small group of anthropomorphized woodland creatures have a mild adventure and make a new friend (sort of) in this low-key tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"If shared one on one as a jumping-off point for discussion, some Asperger children may find this effort amusing, but it's a poor choice otherwise. (foreword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this Australian import, Kevin, a grade schooler with Asperger Syndrome takes the world too literally, a problem depicted in brief language and simple illustrations. Read full book review >