Search Results: "Billy Merrell"


BOOK REVIEW

VANILLA by Billy Merrell
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Tighter construction might have added more punch to the poetry, but teens will identify with the quest for identity and ground in that most groundless of times. (Verse fiction. 14-18)"
Falling in love was the easy part for Hunter and Vanilla…staying together's the challenge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GO AHEAD, ASK ME.  by Nico Medina
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2009

"Don't bother. (Nonfiction. YA)"
This conversation-starter crosses the line. Read full book review >

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Released: July 25, 2006

"No story here will raise a blush—there's no explicit sex—but this emotionally spicy collection will inspire identification, compassion and hope in readers queer or not. (Nonfiction. YA)"
Forty essays by 13- to 23-year-olds range from sweet to salty to bitter—the flavors of growing up gay, lesbian or transgender in the contemporary world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY by Albert French
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"For a fine treatment of similar material, read Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying (p. 167)."
Death, race, and injustice in the Deep South—in a deeply felt but crude first novel about the accidental death of a white girl that leads to the judicial murder of the black boy who killed her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY by Laura Roybal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1994

"A first novel that should find a wide audience among YAs who enjoy a good story with real depth. (Fiction. 12+)"
Sixteen-year-old Billy's easygoing life in a small New Mexico town is disrupted when he's arrested for brawling and a routine fingerprint check reveals that he's a missing child, kidnapped at age ten by his father. Read full book review >

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BILLY by Pamela Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2002

"A loving case study, meticulously researched, best on the early years before the accolades began to accumulate."
Clinical psychologist and former comedian Stephenson balances wifely affection with professional analysis in her biography of Billy Connolly, who survived abandonment as well as physical and sexual abuse to become a noted musician, comedian, and actor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY BONES by Christopher Lincoln
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Not a particularly new or original piece of work, but one that's sure to amuse those kids with a love of the mildly macabre. (Horror. 8-12)"
Newly orphaned Millicent Hues has a natural curiosity that suits her new home, High Manners Manor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SILLY BILLY by Anthony Browne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"It's a sweet acknowledgement that all kids have fears that plague them, and puts a wonderfully childlike solution at their disposal. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Very few artists understand a child's anxieties as deeply—or represent them so thoroughly—as Browne. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUMPING BILLY by Olivia Goldsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2004

"Pleasant enough, but strictly for fans."
The late Goldsmith (The First Wives Club, 1992, etc.) sticks to the bestselling formula of women looking for love in her final book: sadly, a predictable, clichéd, and caricature-ridden portrait of a Manhattan career woman entangled by the outer-borough roots she tries desperately to leave behind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY STROBE by John Martel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Not content to let a potentially fascinating character tell his story, Martel refuses to leave well enough alone and ends up with about one-third of a good legal thriller."
An overloaded legal thriller about a white collar criminal-turned-neophyte lawyer who tries to clear his dead father's name, get his best friend out of jail, and survive as a first-year lawyer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY DEAD by Lisa Reardon
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Vivid and often gripping, but unmodulated, and finally not very convincing."
A legacy of family violence and sexual abuse haunts the desperate characters who populate this melodramatic first novel by an award-winning playwright. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARMING BILLY by Alice McDermott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A softly resonant and nostalgic tale told so masterfully, so movingly, that it seems to distill a human essence on virtually every page."
McDermott (At Weddings and Wakes, 1992, etc.) extends her view of Irish-American life with this gentle portrait of an alcoholic freshly dead from drink, and of the family he leaves behind to reveal and remember. Read full book review >