Search Results: "Benedict Carey"


BOOK REVIEW

POISON MOST VIAL by Benedict Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Budding chemists and crime-scene investigators will especially enjoy this science whodunit. (Mystery. 10-14)"
When Ruby's janitor father becomes the prime suspect in a murder, the eighth grader decides it's up to her to clear his name. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A fascinating perspective on how we can benefit from the distractions of daily life."
Carey (Poison Most Vial: A Mystery, 2012, etc.) chose to write scientific mysteries for kids as a distraction from his day job as a science reporter for the New York Times, until it dawned on him that he had an amazing story to share: Ostensibly poor study habits can be important to improving learning strategies. Read full book review >

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THE UNKNOWNS by Benedict Carey
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"By the third or fourth puzzle (they get progressively more difficult) things get a bit mathematically dense, but even reluctant mathematicians will enjoy this inheritor of The Westing Game. (Mystery. 10-14)"
On the circular island where the Folsom Nuclear Plant is located, there sits a trailer park called Folsom Adjacent; not surprisingly, many of its colorfully boring residents work at the plant. Read full book review >

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STORIES FROM FIREFLY ISLAND by Benedict Blathwayt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Dozens of intricately detailed b&w drawings are scattered throughout. (Fiction. 5-10)"
Tortoise, oldest and wisest of the animal inhabitants of an imaginary island, tells an assortment of ten pourquoi stories (why frogs croak at night), trickster stories (how the bully Wild Pig was humbled), and moral tales (how Badger, once a hero, became a tyrant). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Anonymous by Christine Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2014

"A consistently crafty mystery/thriller spiced with supernatural elements and captivating characters."
A woman confronts her tragic past after a move to an eerie, century-old farmhouse. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE HOUSE BY THE SEA by Benedict Blathwayt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"The two books make a nice pair. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Much as their details differ, this might be described as the British version of Albert's Alejandro's Gift (above). Read full book review >

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LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SAFE CONDUCT by Elizabeth Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Add to this the undercharacterized Mac and the glibness of Kate's premature bitterness, and you're left with half a loaf."
Benedict's uneven third novel (Slow Dancing, 1985; The Beginner's Book of Dreams, 1988) is about letting go emotionally and two very different women—one who can, and one who finds it all but impossible. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ME, MY HAIR, AND I by Elizabeth Benedict
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Surprisingly engaging reading."
A distinguished novelist gathers together essays that attempt to untangle the complicated relationship of females to their hair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Positively, Big Mama by Wynter Benedict
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Indulgent in places but sensitive to the ways in which real life differs from our expectations.
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In a debut memoir, Benedict recounts lessons learned from a New Orleans Catholic childhood, three marriages, and a time of depression. Read full book review >

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SAND QUEEN by Helen Benedict
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A flawed but unforgettable testament."
This bleak novel explores the horrendous impact of the Iraq war on women, both soldiers and civilians. Read full book review >

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ALMOST by Elizabeth Benedict
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2001

"If you're not tired of novelists trying to write novels about novelists trying to write anything, then here is an amusing ride through a mystery whose solution is that it isn't a mystery at all, but life as lived."
Benedict (Safe Conduct, 1993, etc.) returns with a pseudo-mystery about a ghostwriter chasing a ghost—and her guilt—through a story that is successful in spite of itself. Read full book review >