Search Results: "Bryan Gruley"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1993

"An informative rundown on an encounter that could prove a watershed in the evolution (or devolution) of America's metropolitan dailies."
A heartfelt take on two heartland dailies that (following a lengthy battle for local dominance) joined forces after a fashion; by a Detroit News journalist who covered the twisty story's denouement and understands its varied implications. Read full book review >

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THE SKELETON BOX by Bryan Gruley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 5, 2012

"Complex but lumpy, perhaps because of the true-crime roots a closing note reveals. But there's no mistaking Gruley's fierce love for his frigid hamlet."
The inexplicable murder of his mother's dearest friend sends Upper Michigan journalist Gus Carpenter, of the dying Pine County Pilot, back for another bracing trip to his town's endlessly sordid past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STARVATION LAKE by Bryan Gruley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 2009

"Gruley's debut is generously plotted and rewardingly solid on character and atmosphere, though most readers will be ahead of Gus every step of the way."
Ten years after it disappears beneath the icy waters of Starvation Lake, a beloved hockey coach's snowmobile is found in another lake. Read full book review >

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THE HANGING TREE by Bryan Gruley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Gus's second has it all—suspense, mystery, romance, detection, clear-eyed hometown nostalgia, professional dangers along with the other kind—even if it seems that not a single citizen of Starvation Lake has ever outgrown being a goalie, wingman or hockey mom."
Instead of emerging from the watery depths as they did in Gruley's notable first novel (Starvation Lake, 2009), dark secrets from the past bloom on a storied tree in the upper-Michigan midwinter. Read full book review >

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CAN'T SCARE ME! by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"This musical trickster breathes new life into an old tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
It's Anansi. It's Coyote. No, it's a boy wonder who knows no fear. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TORNADO SLIM AND THE MAGIC COWBOY HAT by Bryan Langdo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An ebullient and refreshing venture Out West. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Colloquially told, with an epistolary twist, this Western tall tale of guileless cowboy Slim, who finds himself thrust into the role of a hero, packs a lot of charm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

UPTOWN by Bryan Collier
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2000

"Walter Dean Myers's poem Harlem (1997), illustrated in similar style by Christopher Myers, conveys a deeper sense of the African American community's history, but this makes an engagingly energetic once-over. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Collier debuts with a set of dazzling paint-and-photo collages paired to a child's tribute to his Harlem neighborhood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DOG WHO LOVED THE GOOD LIFE by Bryan Langdo
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Langdo's meltingly affectionate artwork, and the fact that Jake really does deserve his fate. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Jake is a cute and cuddly dog who believes his station in life is unbefitting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORY OF LIGHTNING AND THUNDER by Ashley  Bryan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"There is one of Bryan's uniquely vibrant, swirling, light-filled paintings on every page. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A delightful adaptation of a Nigerian folktale about "Ma Sheep Thunder" and her "Son Ram Lightning," who live in a village where the people rely on them to call their friend Rain down from the clouds over the mountain. Read full book review >

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SING TO THE SUN by Ashley  Bryan
POETRY
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"There are some poignant moments here, and some intriguing thoughts, but these poems are most notable for their rhythmic, musical language—and as a foil for the lyrically decorative art. (Poetry/Picture book. 8+)"
Twenty-three short poems celebrating family, animals, flowers, and music, many of them alluding to a tropical island setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Bryan makes real and palpable what chattel slavery meant and how it affected those who were enslaved; every child who studies American slavery would benefit from experiencing this historically grounded web of narratives. (author's note) (Picture book/poetry. 6-10)"
Bryan gives voices to the voiceless and presents the dreams of slaves who went to the grave without living them. Read full book review >