Search Results: "Cecil Murphey"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"An eloquent example of how commitment and innovation can better the lives of inner-city children."
Now principal of a Philadelphia school, Thomas-EL recounts his experiences teaching and organizing a chess program that turned potential dropouts into winners. Read full book review >

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SAVING CECIL by Lee Mims
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 8, 2015

"Mims' heroine (Trusting Viktor, 2014, etc.) and supporting cast flesh out a rich crew of characters, although Cecil's prominence in the title is a bit too much of a spoiler."
Drilling for natural gas gets a geologist in deep trouble when she finds a body near the drill site. Read full book review >

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WHEN EDGAR MET CECIL by Kevin Luthardt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"This far-out lesson in making friends understands that to the new kid in school, everyone is going to seem scary and weird. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Making friends can be really hard, especially for a little robot who's the new kid in a school populated by extraterrestrials. Read full book review >

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CECIL THE PET GLACIER by Matthea Harvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Fans of Jenny Slate's Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2011) will find a kindred spirit in the stalwart glacier that eats pebbles and wears a tiara. (Picture book. 5-8)"
The oft-told tale of a child who yearns for a pet and a creature that craves a human gets a new twist when the latter is a baby glacier. Read full book review >

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CECIL B. DeMILLE by Simon Louvish
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2008

"A diffuse, blurry portrait of an American icon."
A biography as sprawling as one of the director's epics. Read full book review >

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LEAVING CECIL STREET by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Heartfelt fourth from McKinney-Whetstone (Blues Dancing, 1999, etc.), who has a true talent for strong characters, effortlessly natural dialogue, and prose that flows."
A West Philly block in 1969. Read full book review >

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CECIL IN SPACE by Sid Hite
Released: May 1, 1999

"Cecil's ongoing discourse on the problems of the universe grow trying, but readers will relate to—and laugh over—his simple struggle to find his way. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Despite the title, Hite's latest is no sci-fi, futuristic effort, but a modern novel with a first-person narrative with echoes of such classics as Catcher in the Rye. Read full book review >

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CECIL AND THE BIG WAVE by Adam W. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2017

"This beach tale sends the mixed message that kids should feel good about themselves—if they're amazing."
A bullied little ant surfs his way to confidence, proving that small creatures can accomplish great things in this picture book. Read full book review >

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STINKY CECIL IN OPERATION POND RESCUE by Paige Braddock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Bufo buffoonery for fans of the Holms' Squish series and like early graphics. (Graphic fantasy. 6-8)"
Stopping a highway project that threatens his pond is going to take more than Cecil the toad's ability to "toot." Read full book review >

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CECIL BUNIONS AND THE MIDNIGHT TRAIN by Betty Paraskevas
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The rhyming is imperfect, but it may not matter: This is not a book to read at bedtime. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Paraskevases (Gracie Graves and the Kids from Room 402, 1995, etc.) take readers on another foray into bizzaroland. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >