Search Results: "Berlie Doherty"


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HOLLY STARCROSS by Berlie Doherty
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Well, Zed's identity turns out to be the best of the disclosures. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Everything Doherty writes is fresh and enchanting: exquisite language, brimming with love, telling stories all readers want to hear. Read full book review >

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PADDIWAK AND COZY by Berlie Doherty
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"That's the new cat, now called Cozy, and so is the story, where a cat can act like a fool without being condemned as one, as long as he knows when to come in out of the rain. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bartlett doesn't allow readers not to like her artwork, with the brio and dash of her thick colors and the instant appeal of her characters' faces. Read full book review >

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THE VINEGAR JAR by Berlie Doherty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1996

"Rich in imagery, full of atmosphere, and certainly consistent with Doherty's earlier writing about orphans and unstable families- -but dour, rather cryptic, and uninvolving."
Doherty's first fiction for adults (she's a two-time winner of Britain's Carnegie Medal for children's literature) draws on her familiar theme of emotional abandonment but adds sexual repression, superstition, and madness to the mix. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO SAW LIONS by Berlie Doherty
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Despite Abela's sometimes distressing and disturbing treatment, this is an inspiring and compelling narrative of how two special girls with a shared heritage become a family. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Doherty artfully plaits parallel stories of two girls from different worlds whose lives ultimately intersect. Read full book review >

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THE SNAKE-STONE by Berlie Doherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

A teenager adopted as a foundling baby suddenly feels a need to track down his birth mother in this poignant and well-crafted story. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF THE SEA by Berlie Doherty
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is without the emotional impact of Donna Jo Napoli's Zel (1996), another story of a woman loving a child beyond sanity, but those captivated by other selkie tales will find a full measure of magic and mystery here. (b&w illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 11-13)"
Doherty (Snake Stone, 1996, etc.) works a generous handful of selkie legends into this somber tale, set on an isolated northern island where ``men haunt the sea . . . and it is said that the people of the sea haunt the land.'' Caught in a freak storm, a childless fisherman finds a baby floating next to his boat, and brings it home to his wife, Jannet. Read full book review >

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STREET CHILD by Berlie Doherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"With short chapters and a skillful narrative, this will appeal to younger children and make an excellent lead-in to Leon Garfield's fine books about Dickensian London and to the master himself. (Note) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Award-winning author Doherty (Willa and Old Miss Annie, p. 628, etc.) elaborates on the historical experiences of Jim Jarvis, a Victorian orphan who was among those taken in by a benevolent Irishman, Thomas John Barnardo, who founded ``Ragged Schools'' and homes for destitute children in London in the 1860s. Read full book review >

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DEAR NOBODY by Berlie Doherty
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"More accessible to young Americans than Doherty's earlier books; wise, lyrical, and graced with rare insight and intelligence; not to be missed. (Fiction. 11+)"
It was only once, but she's pregnant and their plans for college are threatened. Read full book review >

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THE GOBLIN BABY by Berlie Doherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2009

"Those who find it will be rewarded: Tam and Blue are charming characters, and Doherty's storytelling is a treat. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
Tam has a strong reaction when his new baby sister is born: "I wish that baby would go away!" Read full book review >

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WILLA AND OLD MISS ANNIE by Berlie Doherty
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Astutely observed, elegantly crafted, and easily read, these thoughtful stories deserve a place beside Phillipa Pearce's A Dog So Small and Dick King-Smith's Sophie books. (Fiction. 6-10)"
A fine author who won Carnegie medals in both 1987 and 1992 for YA novels re-creates the sensibilities of a young child in three linked stories. Read full book review >

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SNOWY by Berlie Doherty
by Berlie Doherty, illustrated by Keith Bowen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

A two-time Carnegie winner, acclaimed for her poetic, richly perceptive novels (Granny Was a Buffer Girl, 1988), gives a uniquely British flavor to a familiar scenario: Miss Smith asks her students to bring their pets to school; when Rachel can't produce the one she glowingly describes (``He's as big as a mountain...And he's got bells and ribbons and a swingletree. Read full book review >