Search Results: "Carey Mills Federspiel"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANKIE by Carey Mills Federspiel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 9, 2013

"There's nothing wrong with simplicity, but Frankie's story and the app built around it are so spare they can't possibly wash anyone out. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A bare-bones, even emaciated retelling of and embellishment on "The Itsy Bitsy Spider." Read full book review >

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POISON MOST VIAL by Benedict Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Budding chemists and crime-scene investigators will especially enjoy this science whodunit. (Mystery. 10-14)"
When Ruby's janitor father becomes the prime suspect in a murder, the eighth grader decides it's up to her to clear his name. Read full book review >

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MIRANDA AND CALIBAN by Jacqueline Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Intriguing and impressive while remaining inextricable from its dramatic context."
In an eye-opening departure from her previous fantasy yarns (Poison Fruit, 2014, etc.), Carey reimagines the back story of Shakespeare's The Tempest as a tale of star-crossed lovers. Sort of. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Provocative, courageous, certainly stimulating—and reflecting a profound understanding of the often invisible yet potentially insidious relationship between aesthetics and politics, as well as of how art can be used to camouflage the most repugnant ideas."
The obscurities of modern art and literature, according to Carey (English/Oxford; John Donne, 1981), were devised by the intelligentsia to exclude the new reading public for whom they had contempt—a thesis that Carey applies here to, among others, George Gissing, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and Wyndham Lewis. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"One of the more imaginative and ingenious additions to the dystopian canon."
Carey offers a post-apocalyptic tale set in England in a future when most humans are "empty houses where people used to live." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RAG COAT by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Minna's family can't afford a coat for her, but Papa keeps her warm in winter with a burlap sack and Mama's patchwork quilt; this happy family understands that ``People only need people, and nothing else.'' Soon, Minna loses one of those people: Papa, a coal miner, gets the lung sickness and dies, after urging eight- year-old Minna to start school. Read full book review >

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TATTERHOOD AND THE HOBGOBLINS by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive presentation of an entertaining, little-known tale that could be a folkloric precursor of Pippi Longstocking. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
Not the English ``Tattercoats'' (a Cinderella variant) but a long tale, from Asbjornsen and Moe, about twin sisters—pretty Isabella and feisty, independent Tatterhood—born after the queen eats not only the flower she's told will bring her a baby, but also the weed growing beside it. Read full book review >

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ON AN ISLAND IN THE BAY by Patricia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Parents won't want to part with this one, which is just as well since it would make a better coffee-table spectacle than picture book. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
Actually, on several islands in the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOULSHAM by Edward Carey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels. (Horror. 11 & up)"
The middle volume of the Iremonger trilogy escalates in both suspense and strangeness. Read full book review >

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NIGHT FELL AT HARRY'S FARM by Carey Hedlund
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"Occasional text within the pictures—a road sign, instructions taped on the front door—leads readers further into this midsummer's night adventure, and add fun for those just learning to pick out printed words. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A summer jaunt to Harry's farm proves well worth it, despite the many twists, false starts, dead ends, wrong turns, and distractions that delay the trip. Read full book review >

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S THUMBELINA by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2005

Mills shortens Andersen's tale of a miniature child snatched by one prospective suitor after another, and tweaks it to give the protagonist an independent streak: "Yes, I will go now and find my own happiness!" she exclaims, climbing onto the swallow's back to escape marriage to the boring Mole. Read full book review >