Search Results: "C. Hall"


BOOK REVIEW

GOD BLESS OUR CHRISTMAS by Hannah C. Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Undemanding and upbeat, this is an adequate offering to share with toddlers in households that want to keep the Christ in Christmas. (Board book. 2-4)"
Rhyming, four-line stanzas celebrate Christmas in both secular and religious aspects. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 21, 2012

"A compelling if derivative supernatural teen romance."
In a young-adult paranormal romance, four teenagers develop strange powers—and the reason why is more incredible than they could possibly imagine. Read full book review >

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RETURN TRIP TICKET by David C. Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 11, 1992

"Don't expect too many answers in this affectless tour de force."
What begins as one more missing-heiress case swiftly develops into a postmodern homage to the Continental Op, as first-novelist Hall flits backs and forth between a fat, disillusioned p.i. named Wilson, of the Ajax Detective Agency in Chicago, on the trail of Elizabeth Dantry—who took off from Barcelona shortly after bolting director Ramon Munet's experimental theater/orgy—and repeated flashforwards stateside, after Wilson's caught up with Elizabeth and they're on the run to California a whisker ahead of two unsavory pursuers who call themselves the police. Read full book review >

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MY HEART IS BROKEN, BUT MY RESOLVE IS NOT
by Mandy Wan

BOOK REPORT for City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Cover Story: Obscured Big Face
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale:
 2 - Eleventy Billion
Talky Talk: Switcheroo
Bonus Factor:
 Untold Stories
Relationship Status: Actually, Could You Introduce Me to Your (Nonfiction) Friend?

Cover Story: Obscured Big Face

As stunning – and familiar – as this is ...


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A ROMANTIC NOD TO WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
by Bobbi Dumas

As we close out March, I thought it would be a nice salute to women’s history month to focus on some great historical romance and some truly terrific romance heroines!

First off, I wanted to give a major shout-out to a debut novel that was released this week, Lisa Berne’s You May Kiss the Bride (which earned a starred review ...


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PATRICIA C. MCKISSACK
by Jessie Grearson

Have you ever wondered who wrote “Amazing Grace” or thought about the haunting story behind the hymn “I’ll Fly Away”? Ever skipped rope to “Hot Pepper” or counted “Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Mo”? Then Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn it Out!: Games, Songs & Stories from an African American Childhood is for you. Award-winning author Patricia ...


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PLAYTIME WITH MCKISSACK
by Julie Danielson

Award-winning author Patricia C. McKissack (born in middle Tennessee, I proudly add) has had a long and distinguished career in the field of children’s literature. Not one to rest on her laurels—I believe she will turn 73 this year—she’s bringing readers this month a superb new book, a volume that I’ve no doubt we’ll judge later as one of the ...


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LOVE & LAUGHTER BY CHAPTERS
by Bobbi Dumas

I’ve written think pieces, essays, book reviews, blog posts, etc., etc., etc. on the amazing power of romance novels - how they make us feel better, uplift us, create community for many women (and some men), help us feel secure in a sometimes hostile world, and on and on and on.

I know not everyone agrees with me on this, but ...


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MUSIC AND IDENTITY
by Leila Roy

Every so often, I pick up two books in a row that parallel and complement one another so very well that it’s both delightful and startling. This past weekend, it was two books that, on the surface, don’t have a ton in common: one is a middle grade novel about a zine-writing twelve-year-old who’s struggling with being the New Kid ...


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FAVORITES AND NEW DISCOVERIES
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

As I prepare for another year to roll in, I thought I’d share some of my favorite reads and new discoveries from 2016.

Some of you may know this has been a bit of a tumultuous year for me, but I was blessed to travel to a number of conferences, including RT, RWA, Chicago North’s Spring Fling, and ...


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LEAVE THE BOX BEHIND
by Julie Danielson

Thinking outside of the box gets a lot of lip service but isn’t always rewarded – especially in the lives of children. Gloriously, there are four brand-new picture books on shelves that celebrate creative thinkers and problem-solvers of many stripes. (To boot, all four have received starred reviews here at Kirkus, and hey, I didn’t even plan that.)

Let’s kick ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CRYSTAL BONES by C. Aubrey Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"It's not subtle, but it will carry along some readers on the prose's pure eagerness. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
This enthusiastic but clichéd series opener strings trope after trope on a thread of purple prose. Read full book review >