Search Results: "C.C. Payne"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Payne's hopeful tale encourages readers to rejoice in what makes them unique. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grader Lula Bell longs to escape the attention of strident bully—and former BFF—Kali. Read full book review >

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THE THING ABOUT LEFTOVERS by C.C. Payne
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2016

"Readers experiencing family challenges of their own will laugh and cry with Fizzy, rejoicing as she cooks up quite the satisfying new life for herself. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Elizabeth "Fizzy" Russo feels like a leftover kid, and as a budding chef, she really dislikes leftovers. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT by C.C. Payne
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Conflicts are too neatly resolved, the voice meanders and didactic dialogue stunts this debut novel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Ten-year-old Jamie Jo never leaves home without her mama and her flyswatter. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Clearly written, chronologically organized and making good use of archival photographs and reproductions of other important documents, this is a solid introduction to an historical figure who deserves to be better known. (timeline, author's note, resources) (Biography. 8-12)"
Daniel A. Payne may have only been five feet tall and 100 pounds, but "the little bishop left giant footprints." Read full book review >

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YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE by Sean Beaudoin
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"That said, this dark, cynical romp is full of clever references and red herrings, which will delight the adult noir fan and pique the curiosities of the observant outcast teen who's looking for a way to infiltrate the in-crowd. (Mystery. 12 & up)"
Tough, suit-sporting, no-nonsense high-school sleuth Dalton Rev stalks the killer who masterminded the murder of popular in-guy Wesley Payne. Read full book review >

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PIECES OF PAYNE by Albert Goldbarth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"Borges meets David Foster Wallace: Many interesting patches, but otherwise little more than an unengaging meander."
Sophisticated albeit highly elliptical account of a young woman struggling with an unhappy past in the face of present illness. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF JACKSON PAYNE by Jack Fuller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2000

"An optimistic, intricately layered rewrite of The Aspern Papers, with grimy jazz clubs standing in wonderfully for James's sinking Venice."
Chock-a-block with religious imagery, mystical epiphanies, rhapsodic lectures on music theory and splendid evocations of the tawdry-but-hip jazz milieu, this sixth novel from Fuller (News Values, 1996, etc.), a journalist who is now president of the Chicago Tribune Company, reconstructs the life of a brilliant but doomed black jazzman through the eyes and ears of his quixotic biographer. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 14, 2005

"Still, this is a great read and definitely an author to watch. (Fiction. 12+)"
A first novel from Australia pits two unlikely friends against a battle-ax disciplinarian of a teacher. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF ANNE BOLEYN by C.C. Humphreys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Overly long, too convoluted, and populated by fight scenes that prove tiresomely detailed, this novel progresses in a zigzag pattern that readers will find confusing."
In this sequel to The French Executioner (2014), Humphreys mixes old world with new as the saga of Anne Boleyn's severed hand—and the power that's attributed to it—inspires court intrigue, star-crossed love, and witchcraft.Read full book review >

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TEN LORDS A-LEAPING by C.C. Benison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A strong mystery reminiscent of P.D. James, with many well-developed characters, local color and a sensitive, intelligent investigator."
A church fundraiser at a stately home goes horribly wrong. Read full book review >

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CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL by C.C. Hunter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 23, 2013

"What a tedious mess. Fans will, of course, adore it. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
The Shadow Falls series concludes, but not before the protagonist's constant confusion over her ex-boyfriends is drawn out as long as the author can manage to stretch it. Read full book review >

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WHISPERS AT MOONRISE by C.C. Hunter
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Fans will like it. (Paranormal romance. 12-16)"
The fourth installment of the popular Shadow Falls series finds Kylie still confused about her supernatural status. Read full book review >