Search Results: "Claire Legrand"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 19, 2008

"A satisfactory historical fiction novel that could use more edge and polish."
A sweeping yet compact saga that traces one woman's life from wealth and affluence to a Chicago brothel, as she learns to rely on herself in the face of numerous obstacles and challenges. Read full book review >

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WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"An overbusy mishmash. (Fantasy. 15-17)"
A Nutcracker retelling includes a Victorian mob princess/warrior heroine, an alternate New York City, steampunk faeries and an epic multigenerational battle.Read full book review >

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SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2016

"A layered, thoughtful exploration. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Sometimes stories are a means of survival. Read full book review >

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THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A thoroughgoing ickfest, elevated by vulnerable but resilient young characters and capped by a righteously ominous closing twist. (Horror fantasy. 11-13)"
A heartwarming friendship tale—played out amid carpets of chittering insects, torture both corporal and psychological, the odd bit of cannibalism and like ghoulish delights. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF SHADOWS by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Ultimately a feel-good story, though readers will wade through tides of bad, angry, heartbroken and horror-struck feelings to get there. (Horror/fantasy. 11-13)"
Already saddled with a major father issue, young Olivia Stellatella acquires ghost problems too after she's forced to live in the backstage rooms of a decrepit concert hall. Read full book review >

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FOXHEART by Claire Legrand
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Tedious and derivative. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A 12-year-old white girl discovers she is a witch and sets off to fight forces of evil with her magical animal companion. Read full book review >

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Claire on Lafayette Square by Judith Chouteau
Released: June 18, 2014

"The message of friendship trumping serious challenges comes through clearly despite sometimes-cringe-worthy rhymes."
In an awkwardly rhyming picture book about helping a friend overcome an illness, debut author Chouteau introduces Claire, a fun-loving, caring redhead in the diverse neighborhood of Lafayette Square, St. Louis. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE DE LUNE by Christine Johnson
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: May 18, 2010

"Claire is a sympathetic character, though her love interest seems too idealized and one-dimensional and the conclusion entirely too tidy—in the end, there is not much to set apart this reworking of a familiar idea. (Supernatural romance. 12 & up)"
An enjoyable if forgettable supernatural romance, this debut novel will be appreciated by teens who can't get enough of the genre. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE MARVEL by John Burnham Schwartz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Very precious, very trite-seeming. Love Story it's not."
An acutely sensitive love story, the sort in which feelings and psyches are so fragile that the normal ups and downs of true love become near-fatal wounds. Here, a thirtysomething man recalls his haunting love for an elusive and complex woman. Read full book review >

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RESCUING CLAIRE by Thomas Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 1991

"Still, Johnson pulls off this first novel, turning trite material into delightful muscular prose that makes him a writer to watch."
A clever, well-written trot through student life in 1960's Wisconsin. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF FREDDY LEGRAND by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

"Lively story; grand pictures; much appeal. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When Freddy's biplane, the Golden Gull, lands through the roof of a French barn after flying the Atlantic, farmers Sophie and Albert take an immediate interest in aeronautics. Read full book review >