Search Results: "Beck McDowell"


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MCDOWELL by William H. Coles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2015

"This worthy tale delivers an epic feel and strong characters."
A novel follows a surgeon who possesses all the material comforts anyone could want, but harbors a deep lacking in his soul. Read full book review >

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BECK by Mal Peet
Released: April 11, 2017

"Heartbreaking, hopeful, and inspired. (Historical fiction. 14-adult)"
Beck escapes institutional violence and discrimination and mends his spirit through lonely travels across the 1920s Canadian prairie. Read full book review >

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THIS IS NOT A DRILL by Beck McDowell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 25, 2012

"Nevertheless, a vividly depicted and gripping tragedy. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
In this fast-paced, suspenseful thriller, two high-school seniors and a classroom full of first-graders are held hostage at gunpoint by a distraught, emotionally disturbed parent. Read full book review >

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Released: July 15, 2013

"Stellar fiction about hard living during the Depression."
Fitzjerrell's (The Dividing Season, 2012) engaging tale depicts a Texas town during the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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THE DISGRUNTLING OF GILBERT BECK by Kirt Dreher
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 2, 2011

"A playful romp full of pithy dialogue."
A humorous debut novel about a self-appointed detective. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2010

"The information is hardly new, but McDowell contextualizes it well, giving solid insight into a dynamic and influential group."
A literary critic takes an intimate look at famous literary partnerships of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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CAROLINA HARMONY by Marilyn Taylor McDowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 10, 2009

"Although Taylor clearly aims to emphasize the value of the old mountain ways, her nuanced narrative illuminates the value and the potential pitfalls of both modern and mountain culture. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Taylor's impressive debut takes place in the western mountains of 1960s North Carolina, just when modern, legalistic American culture has begun encroaching on the old mountain ways. Read full book review >

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A BUNNY IN THE BALLET by Robert Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Alas, not the stuff of dreams for balletomane readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Toe shoes and tutus are the stuff of dreams for a rabbit. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK NORTH by Nigel McDowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Ambitious and engaging. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old twins Oona and Morris Kavanagh join the Cause to fight the Invaders from the Black North and defend their home from the evil that threatens to sweep across the land. Read full book review >

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Accidental Dad by Joshua McDowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2016

"A sobering and ultimately effective personal manifesto for changing American child custody procedures."
A memoir offers a case for altering how U.S. courts view single fathers. Read full book review >

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A WOMAN OF STYLE by Colin McDowell
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Like a good cup of cappuccino: frothy, full of energy, and not too sweet."
An intelligently crafted first novel by a British fashion- writer supplies the expected inside look at the inbred world of Italian couture—and some unexpectedly vivid characters and dialogue, especially the gossipy exchanges that provide much of the drama here. Read full book review >

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SALAMANDER RESCUE by Pamela McDowell
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"Unsubtle empowerment for young environmentalists. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Almost-fourth-grader Cricket and her friends have a second adventure learning about, and helping, wildlife in Waterton (Ospreys in Danger, 2014).Read full book review >