Search Results: "Betty Hicks"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WORM WHISPERER by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A satisfying ending neatly wraps up this warm story, and Hatke's occasional line drawings will add appeal for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Animal-obsessed Ellis Coffey hopes his pet woolly caterpillar will win the race at the Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival and its $1,000 purse so he can pay the deductible for his father's back surgery. Read full book review >

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I SMELL LIKE HAM by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Especially satisfying is the beginning of a real relationship between the two boys, forged while they're on their own until Nick's able to convince Dwayne to come home. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Nick has to go to school smelling like the cloves his new stepmother puts into the shampoo, and that's just the beginning in this humorous yet true-to-life portrayal of family blending and sixth-grade angst. Read full book review >

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OUT OF ORDER by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Clever cover, real-life kids, humor and inventive plot detail make this a first-rate read, guaranteed to spur games of RSP. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When a family doubles in number, it's like shuffling a deck of cards to see who comes out on top. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL HOUSE & IZ by Betty Hicks
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"The Simpsons-looking kids on the cover will attract attention to this upbeat, humorous, and genuine family story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Elizabeth, who now prefers to be called Iz, loves the chaotic life of her blended stepfamily: one part perfection—her chic, traveling mom; two parts casual—her laidback dad and stepmom Alice; three parts crazy—her three stepbrothers, Logan and the twins Joey and Jack. Read full book review >

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GET REAL by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Poignant and playful meld seamlessly, and the life lesson—that parents are the people who go out of their way to take care of you—is germane to adopted and biological children alike. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jil [sic], an adopted eighth-grader, wonders about her biological or "real" mom, while Dez, her best friend and the narrator of the story, wonders how a neatnik like her ended up in a family of slobs. Read full book review >

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BUSTED! by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Brimming with soccer scenes and humor, this modern family story rings true. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A slightly naïve, but very sympathetic young hero finds himself trapped in a hilarious nightmare of being "busted." Read full book review >

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BASKETBALL BATS by Betty Hicks
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"A real score! (Fiction. 7-10)"
This first in a series of sports-oriented books uses basketball to explore such topics as sportsmanship and friendship. Read full book review >

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THE ORPHAN MOTHER by Robert Hicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Satisfying historical fiction, of particular appeal to readers who live near the banks of the Harpeth or Cumberland."
Hicks (A Separate Country, 2009, etc.) extends his Tennessee-set historical saga into the years immediately following the Civil War. Read full book review >

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A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE by Caitlin Hicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2015

"Annie's disarming voice evokes nostalgia for a bygone era and hope for humanity in a weary, modern world."
The astute observations of a little girl from a big Catholic family living in Pasadena in 1963. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A welcome addition to Cherokee history."
A vigorous account of the forced removal of the Cherokee people from their southern homelands and the complex events leading to what the author does not hesitate to call a "death march." Read full book review >

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A SEPARATE COUNTRY by Robert Hicks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2009

"Expertly written, with plenty of unexpected twists—a pleasure for Civil War buffs, but also for fans of literary mysteries."
A tale of mixed-up foolscap, dark secrets, a dwarf and a wharf. Read full book review >