Search Results: "Carolyn MacCullough"


BOOK REVIEW

FALLING THROUGH DARKNESS by Carolyn MacCullough
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"No false cheer at the end, but a sliver of hopefulness as Ginny begins to gain clarity and decides to tell her father the complicated truth. (Fiction. YA)"
This emotional page-turner uses present tense to create a sense of immediacy—and to mirror 17-year-old Ginny's frame of mind as she refuses to think about the past. Read full book review >

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ONCE A WITCH by Carolyn MacCullough
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2009

"Characters, setting, conflict—all develop nicely to create a light urban fantasy that goes down easy and will have readers asking for its sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Growing up Talentless in a family of witches has been hard on Tamsin, particularly since her older, perfect sister Rowena oozes Talent. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS A WITCH by Carolyn MacCullough
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Readers unfamiliar with the first book should check it out before they tackle this one; that background under their belt, this proves to be an enjoyable magical adventure. (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)"
How does one go about saving one's family from history? Read full book review >

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DRAWING THE OCEAN by Carolyn MacCullough
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"MacCullough's subtle use of present tense and visually evocative writing create an eloquent portrait. (Fiction. YA)"
In lyrical, sweetly unhurried prose, MacCullough paints Sadie, a 16-year-old artist newly transplanted to the east coast from California. Read full book review >

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STEALING HENRY by Carolyn MacCullough
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2005

"Plainspoken, lyrical and sad. (Fiction. YA)"
"The night Savannah brains her stepfather with the frying pan is the night she decides to leave home for good," begins this finely crafted fiction about running away in desperation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BRUBURY TALES by Frank Mundo
Released: April 1, 2010

"Fans of classic literature may appreciate this and will no doubt enjoy picking out their favorite tales told in verse, but a replica will always pale in comparison to the original."
In this homage to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a diverse group of security guards in present-day Los Angeles compete in a storytelling contest in order to win time off from work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG WISH by Carolyn Conahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2011

"Quirky and full of heart. (Picture book. 5-8)"
If wishes were dandelions, then... a whole town might go crazy. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS DOGS by Carolyn Conahan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The new words to the old song provide a catchy alternative for musically inclined dog lovers, and there's a marmalade cat on every page to keep the cat lovers happy as well. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Conahan reworks the well-known words to the traditional Christmas carol to feature a canine crowd, beginning with "a pug puppy under the tree." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REDOUTÉ by Carolyn Croll
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 19, 1996

"Very pretty. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5+)"
RedoutÇ's name is known through the popularity of his rose and lily paintings, but few people know anything about the man who was court-appointed painter to both Marie Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and who said to Napoleon, ``Painting flowers may be something small, but it is what I do best, because it is what I love most.'' RedoutÇ's simple botanical drawings of single flowers were quite revolutionary in the late 18th- and early 19th-centuries when the fashion was for glamorous portraits and mythological scenes. Read full book review >

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A TWISTED TALE by Carolyn Fisher
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers who find Causley's 'Quack,' Said the Billy Goat (1986), or Most's Cow That Went Oink (1990) a trifle sedate won't have that problem with this unrestrained solo debut. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Fisher punches up a well-worn plot with vivid language and swirling modernist art that incorporates an equally wild hand-lettered text. Read full book review >

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BON BON VOYAGE by Nancy Fairbanks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 2006

"Whiny Carolyn (Three-Course Murder, not reviewed, etc.) is consistently upstaged by her acerbic friend Luz and the tidbits of cooking lore and dessert recipes."
A free Mother's Day cruise to exotic Spanish and North African ports sounds like heaven—until murder, hijacking and a mother-in-law join the cruise. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"The combination of first-person narratives provides an unusually well-rounded portrait of schizophrenia. Includes an eight-page black and-white photo insert (not seen)."
Joint memoir by a pair of identical twins, one a writer and award-winning poet with an incurable mental disease and the other a practicing psychiatrist. Read full book review >