Search Results: "Brenna Vaughan"


BOOK REVIEW

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS by Simon Heffer
Released: April 6, 2001

"Brevity may be the soul of wit, but biography often deserves a little bit more."
A slender biography of English composer Vaughan Williams that pays more attention to the music than the man. Read full book review >

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ALL ABOUT POOP by Kate Hayes
by Kate Hayes, illustrated by Brenna Vaughan, developed by Pinwheel Books
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 21, 2012

"Blunt and easeful—like having an older sibling give you the scoop. (iPad informational app. 4-8)"
That perennial favorite, the mechanics of excretion, is well and alimentarily served by this app from Hayes and Vaughan. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 1993

"Patoski and Crawford do an exceptionally strong job on Vaughan's final three years sober, his early fears, and his huge comeback. (Thirty-five b&w photographs)"
The brief life of the legendary Texas blues-guitarist, well told by Patoski (a senior editor at Texas Monthly) and writer/radio producer Crawford, both of whom live in Austin and saw dozens of Vaughan concerts. Read full book review >

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READY RABBIT GETS READY! by Brenna Maloney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"Kids might want to make stuffed rabbit toys of their own after meeting this beguiling bunny. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this quirky story illustrated with photographs, a stuffed toy named Ready Rabbit invents wildly imaginative activities to delay getting ready for school. Read full book review >

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ADDICTS & BASEMENTS by Robert Vaughan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A fascinating study of human attachment and loss."
A fast-moving fusion of microfiction and free verse that peers into the places where people keep things most deeply hidden. Read full book review >

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THE ABILITY by M.M. Vaughan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"Chris' unresolved home life and an equally open-ended, anticlimactic ending suggest a sequel; readers not yet burned out on paranormal boarding schools may look forward to it. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Recruited to MI18, a top-secret British agency that employs children to gather intelligence, six preteens use their minds over high-tech gadgets to fight crime in this imported debut. Read full book review >

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PLACES NO ONE KNOWS by Brenna Yovanoff
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 17, 2016

"A brilliant romance that forces its protagonists to explore and accept themselves as they discover one another. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Complicated romance blooms between the perfect student and a sensitive burnout. Read full book review >

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THE ALTAR OF THE BODY by Duff Brenna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A monstrous beauty—but might Arnold scale himself down to play Michelangelo's moody, brightly dense Dying Gladiator? No, it's too much to hope for."
Top-notch stylist Brenna returns with a fourth confederacy of grotesques and with gusto and love reveals their big, gnarled hearts and stunted minds. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO HANG ON TO by Beverley Brenna
FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2009

"Each of these stories offers well-developed characters, both male and female, within an interesting plot, and their brevity makes them an apt choice for reluctant teen readers. (Short stories. 11 & up)"
An entertaining collection of 12 varied short stories unified by a common theme: The protagonists are all hanging on to something. Read full book review >

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THE HOLY BOOK OF THE BEARD by Duff Brenna
Released: March 1, 1996

"Stylistically assured, then, but badly stunted."
Brenna (The Book of Mamie, 1989) comes of age a second time, here in the guise of a biker called Jasper John—an adolescent rebel who eventually settles down with some help from assorted weirdos who work in a San Diego diner. Read full book review >

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THE REPLACEMENT by Brenna Yovanoff
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Some of the urban-fantasy elements get dropped in the crowd partway through, but enough grotesque goodies remain to keep this a fast-paced, dark delicacy. (Urban fantasy. 12-14)"
Mackie's nauseated by the scent of blood, is burned by cold iron and would die if he entered a church. Read full book review >

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TOO COOL by Duff Brenna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 1998

"But, like Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, E's a hard kid to care about."
Willard Motley's Knock on Any Door ("Live fast, die young, and make a good-looking corpse") gets shifted from big-city slums to Colorado small towns and Denver by the self-assured Brenna (The Holy Book of the Beard, 1996, etc.), who moves like cat through the roiling minds and bodies of his adolescent characters. Read full book review >