Search Results: "Beck McDowell"


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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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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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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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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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PEPITO THE BRAVE by Scott Beck
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Sly, assuring, and paint-box bright, this is a snappy salute to independence and adventure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Newcomer Beck's book has two winning ingredients: an engaging, spunky main character and the kind of color last seen 50 years ago on fruit-crate labels: buffed but with bite, the better to get your attention. Read full book review >

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PIERRE LE POOF! by Andrea Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"It's a charming enough canine caper, but, like Pierre, it lacks the vigor of the classic Harry the Dirty Dog. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A pampered poodle dreams of running free while his owner preps him to be a champion show-dog in this first of a projected series of Pierre adventures. 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 >

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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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Where Lemons Bloom by Blair McDowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2015

"A heartwarming, perceptive romance with just enough high-stakes drama to keep readers turning the pages."
A young woman falls in love with an ex-con who's desperately trying to clear his name in this charming romance-cum-mystery. Read full book review >