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

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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

WICKED SWEET by Mar'ce Merrell
Released: June 5, 2012

"A recipe that never comes together. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Best friends Chantal and Jillian have always been on the same page, taking AP classes and planning for their future as neurosurgeons, but everything changes during the summer before their senior year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRACTOR MAC SAVES CHRISTMAS by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Children who already love the Little Blue Truck series will be ready to move on to a holiday celebration with Tractor Mac. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this entry in the Tractor Mac series, the anthropomorphic red tractor assists with transporting a gigantic evergreen tree into town for the annual Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RAIN FOREST by Billy Goodman
NATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
In the ``Planet Earth'' series, an introduction, from top to bottom, to the rain forest and its inhabitants—plant, animal, and (especially useful) human—discussing the forest's importance for food, medicine, genetic diversity, and maintaining the world climate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW FRIEND by Billy Steers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"A pleasant-enough trip to the farm. (Picture book. 2-7)"
"Plows, harrows, and cultivators!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIEVING WEASELS by Billy Taylor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A diverting caper comedy. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Cam Smith has only one wish: to escape his criminal family. He has managed to get himself into the prestigious Wheaton Preparatory Academy and plans to go to Princeton when his family shows up to ruin everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BASED ON THE MOVIE by Billy Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"The stakes are low here, and the hero's obsessions eventually become tiresome."
Debut novel rife with arrogant directors, pompous directors of photography, pretentious assistant directors, puffed-up producers…and one victimized dolly grip. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Frolick's debut effort features some boffo scenes, but it's much too talky, and poor performances and awkward editing will likely limit its box-office appeal. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
Lights, camera, inaction!—as we follow seven recent, and surprisingly dull, film-school grads trying to succeed in Hollywood. Read full book review >