Search Results: "Beth Hall McCandless"


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Insights by Beth Hall McCandless
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2013

"Readers shouldn't expect Sylvia Plath, but those who like 'confessional' writing may be inspired by McCandless' spirit."
McCandless offers a mosaic of musings in her first collection of poetry and prose. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK BOOK OF CYRENAICA by Bruce McCandless
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2015

"Not for the squeamish, but skillful, often elegant prose compensates for a disturbing tale about an American mission in Africa."
Cyrenaica—once part of the nation of Tripoli—becomes the setting for a historical novel detailing the brutal 1805 trek through the Sahara Desert during the U.S.'s first foreign military action. Read full book review >

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Color War by Bruce McCandless
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An evocative, nostalgic coming-of-age tale and examination of bigotry."
A teenager at an East Texas summer camp in 1974 gets involved in a racial dispute in McCandless' (Sour Lake, 2011) second novel.Read full book review >

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THE GIRL I WANTED TO BE by Sarah Grace McCandless
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"Though marketed to an adult crowd, this story's focus and the voice are unmistakably YA."
A family secret forces a gawky teen to grow up quickly, in McCandless's second stab at fiction. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"A well-executed journey into the macabre that should give anyone pause before walking through a desolate area at night."
In McCandless' debut horror novel, a ragtag crew sets out after a killer leaving a gruesome trail through the East Texas wilderness. Read full book review >

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Beatrice and the Basilisk by Bruce McCandless III
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2012

"This brief but powerful dragon story soars."
In McCandless' (The Krottkey Chronicles, 2013) novella, a young Texas girl of today must fight a terrifying dragon.Read full book review >

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ABC GULLS by Beth Rand
by Beth Rand, illustrated by Beth Rand
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Kids without a frame of reference will still get a kick out of these goofy gulls. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Take a seaside location, add a colony of gulls and the alphabet, and the result is a clever abecedary specific to Maine. Read full book review >

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PERFECT SQUARE by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"Young readers will absorb the visual lessons effortlessly and with delight. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The volume, like its subject, is a perfect square, welcoming readers into a colorful, geometric romp. Read full book review >

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THE STOLEN SUN by Amanda  Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"This, coupled with her unique perspective on a common theme, make the dramatic read-aloud an easy addition to multicultural collections. (Picture book/folktale. 5-9)"
Weaving together important themes in Native Alaskan culture, Hall (The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale, not reviewed, etc.) creates a hauntingly original story. Read full book review >

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FRANKENCRAYON by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"With very careful repeat reads, this challenging tale may pay off, especially if readers choose to put on a play of their own. (dramatis personae) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Personified crayons and a pencil, thespians all, re-enact the cancellation of their book, while Hall fills his story within a story with intrigue, theater, and a whole lot of silly. Read full book review >

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EVERYONE SLEEPS by Marcellus Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2013

"An inventive if not wholly successful look at the nighttime world of nature. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginative pug with insomnia explores the night world of sleeping animals with a dreamlike narrative in rhyming text. Read full book review >