Search Results: "Chris Ellison"


BOOK REVIEW

THE LUCKY STAR by Judy Young
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"Young's positive, feel-good story succeeds in showing how applying a good attitude and creativity will make life shine brighter than a lucky star, but an overlong text and bland, pastel illustrations that fail to create a strong sense of period weaken the book's effectiveness. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Counting "lucky stars" isn't easy when you own the world's ugliest hand-me-down shoes, your school has closed and your dad is permanently out of town. Read full book review >

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PAPPY’S HANDKERCHIEF by Devin Scillian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

An African-American lad saves his family's bacon in a tale set during the Great Oklahoma Land Run. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2010

"A gripping reconstruction of a media story whose implications have yet to fully unfold."
A former Wall Street Journal reporter delivers a behind-the-scenes account of Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the venerable publication. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A tribute to the remarkable strength of a family in the face of disaster."
A potently straightforward account of how Brooke Ellison managed to attend a mainstream public school and graduate from Harvard after being struck by a car and paralyzed from the neck down at age 11. Read full book review >

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RETURN TO INDEPENDENCE BASIN by Matt Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2016

"A haunting but hopeful story of the new West and the unlikely passions it stirs."
A man returns to the small Western town where he grew up and finds that his family history won't stay buried in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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NOTES FROM GHOST TOWN by Kate Ellison
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Sudsy but satisfying. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl gets clues from her dead best friend that help solve his murder in this soapy paranormal romance. Read full book review >

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WHEN SHADOWS FALL by J.T. Ellison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Ellison's a competent writer, but Sam and the choir of men that falls at her feet really constitute a romance, not a thriller."
In Ellison's latest, Samantha Owens—a medical examiner with a tragic past—becomes enmeshed in another mysterious murder case. Read full book review >

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FLYING HOME by Ralph Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Glorious, pre—Invisible Man riffs—and another fine addition to the Ellison oeuvre."
This marvelous collection of 13 stories, six of which were never published during Ellison's lifetime, partly explains the phenomenon of Invisible Man, itself no ordinary first book. Read full book review >

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THE BUTTERFLY CLUES by Kate Ellison
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance. (Mystery. 14 & up)"
An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Read full book review >

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LIE TO ME by J.T. Ellison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Instead of a suspenseful peek into a crumbling marriage with a missing wife at the center, Ellison's latest devolves into a mishmash of well-worn tropes carried out by even more threadbare characters."
The life of a picture-perfect literary couple sours when the wife goes missing and suspicion immediately falls on the husband, exposing a home life that was anything but picturesque. Read full book review >