Search Results: "Christopher Silas Neal"


BOOK REVIEW

GO TO SLEEP, LITTLE FARM by Mary Lyn Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"It's difficult indeed for a bedtime book to stand out, and this one doesn't quite deliver. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Ray and Neal tackle the tried-and-true theme of bedtime on the farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVERYONE by Christopher Silas Neal
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2016

"There is no shortage of outstanding picture books that address children's feelings of anger, frustration, anxiety, and joy. This is not one of them. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Neal explores the well-trodden notion that everyone has feelings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER AND UNDER THE POND by Kate Messner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A magical artistic and informational world that readers will delight in visiting again and again. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
The author-illustrator team that brought readers into the garden and under the snow (Over and under the Snow, 2011, etc.) now takes them on a breathtaking journey beneath the calm waters of a pond. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW by Kate Messner
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Utterly charming, and informative, to boot; readers brought up on a diet of rhymes, bright colors and adorable fluffy animals will find its simple beauty a balm. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
A young child enjoying a full day of cross-country skiing narrates this gentle tale, explaining both her own activities and what the animals are doing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFETIME by Lola M. Schaefer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Kudos for not dumbing it down, however. A more cohesive theme would make for a more understandable overall presentation, but readers will get their money's worth. (Informational picture book. 4-8)"
An original concept that begins simply and ends up surprisingly—and somewhat confusingly—complex. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AVA AND THE LITTLE FOLK by Neil Christopher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"The story is long for the picture-book format, but children who enjoy fairy and folk tales will find the story of Ava an unusual and compelling one. (author's note, glossary, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 6-9)"
An unhappy, orphaned boy in Canada's far north finds a new way of life with the help of a group of tiny, magical dwarves who adopt him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COAL TATTOO by Silas House
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2004

"Sometimes marred by a monotony in its characterizations, but, overall, a gentle tale with appealingly flawed people and an exquisite sense of the quotidian."
Third in a multigenerational saga (A Parchment of Leaves, 2002, etc.) of a Kentucky mountain family with tragedy to burn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAY’S QUILT by Silas House
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 30, 2001

"An appealing and promising debut."
A Kentucky author's plaintive debut tells the story of coal miner Clay Sizemore's efforts to understand and possess his own history, shattered when he was a three-year-old present at his own mother's murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A PARCHMENT OF LEAVES by Silas House
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2002

"From the raptures of Appalachian Spring to the many, complicated facets of women's lives in that time and place: a superb combination of wonder and suffering."
Breathtaking both for its beauty and its pain, House's second (after Clay's Quilt, 2001) tells a finely nuanced tale of a Kentucky mountain family in the tumultuous WWI era, as the taking of a Cherokee bride unleashes passions that create life and destroy it. Read full book review >

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THE PEOPLE OF THE BROKEN NECK by Silas Dent Zobal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A powerful, moving allegory that reflects how post-9/11 missteps scarred the American soul."
In his debut novel, Zobal (The Inconvenience of the Wings, 2015) casts an empathetic eye on the unraveling of a good man, soul-damaged by war, who attempts to reclaim his home and family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ELI THE GOOD by Silas House
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Readers will want to keep an eye out for future works by this talented writer. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
The summer of 1976 was when ten-year-old Eli Book first knew his father, when he "first saw the war inching its way beneath his skin, behind his eyes." Read full book review >