Search Results: "Carolyn Meyer"


BOOK REVIEW

MEYER by Stephen Dixon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"An anemic mishmash—for loyal fans only."
The prolific postmodernist (Phone Rings, 2005, etc.) profiles a writer trawling for material among family memories and fantasies. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"An insightful but sometimes (like life itself) bland story that is likely to hold appeal for a limited audience. (Historical fiction. 11-18)"
Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was a well-known professional photographer at a time when most other women aspired to homemaking if they were not doing menial labor. Read full book review >

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LOVING WILL SHAKESPEARE by Carolyn Meyer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The tale closes with a brief account of Will's many years in London, and his return home to Stratford for five good years before his death. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Meyer has done her research and very neatly tied this first-person narrative to the slim sheaf of facts known about William Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway. Read full book review >

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JUBILEE JOURNEY by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Patient readers will be rewarded by learning how the characters of the first book turned out and will come to admire the lively young protagonist who shares her great-grandmother's strength of character. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Meyer connects generations in this sequel to White Lilacs (1993), set 75 years later, as 13-year-old Emily Rose goes from Connecticut to Texas to celebrate Juneteenth with her 87-year-old great-grandmother Rose Lee. Read full book review >

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GIDEON'S PEOPLE by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1996

"Meyer (Rio Grande Stories, 1994) gives her characters the motives, beliefs, hearts, and dreams to make each one's behavior compelling and inevitable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Isaac, 12, and his father, Jakob—a peddler of household goods just after the turn of the century—are making the rounds of their customers in eastern Pennsylvania when an accident leaves the boy badly hurt. Read full book review >

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VICTORIA REBELS by Carolyn Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"The author does not enhance or alter the history; she simply and convincingly translates it into a lively narrative. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
This absorbing, fictionalized first-person account of Queen Victoria's early life reveals the hardships she endured as a child and young woman. Read full book review >

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THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF CHARLEY DARWIN by Carolyn Meyer
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Lacking scientific details which could interest budding naturalists, character development as spice for those interested in Darwin's romances or scientific epiphanies for young historians, Charley's 'memoir' will please few. (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Fictionalized autobiography must walk a narrow line between truth and story. Read full book review >

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ANASTASIA AND HER SISTERS by Carolyn Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 7, 2015

"A richly detailed introduction to the tragedy of the last royal family of Russia. (Historical fiction. 13-17)"
Anastasia and her siblings may be kept in ignorance about most of the tragedy and upheaval affecting Russia in the early 20th century, but that doesn't stop them from worrying about the world beyond their daily lives. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A WAITRESS by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2015

"A slowly paced and occasionally even tedious depiction of a small slice of American railroad history. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Although more than a year too young for the position, almost-17-year-old Kitty takes a job as a Harvey Girl, one of the well-trained waitresses that staffed a national restaurant chain serving rail passengers from the late-19th to mid-20th centuries. Read full book review >

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CLEOPATRA CONFESSES by Carolyn Meyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2011

"Readers who hungry purely for lots of effective detail of an ancient culture, time and place may find this a digestible-enough vehicle for it, with oodles of backmatter for support. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Having made her way through the European princesses of note (Duchessina, 2007, etc.), Meyer dishes up historical-fiction-lite in this imagined account of Cleopatra's coming of age. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2008

"Though her tale of woe becomes somewhat repetitious, she's sympathetic and understandable, and readers of this illuminating chronicle will be both fascinated and appalled by how restricted her life was. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In the afterword of her haunting story about the life and times of Mozart's older sister Maria Anna—Nannerl—Meyer says that she was intrigued by the question, "What must it have been like to be the highly talented sister of a genius?"Although Nannerl, a gifted child performer with a passion for music, was outclassed by her brother, much of her frustration was the result of being a woman in a time when a musical career was not an option. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"Still, fans of the Young Royals series who can handle the content will be interested in this tale. (historical note) (Historical fiction. 13+)"
Catherine de' Medici as oppressed little rich girl? Read full book review >