Search Results: "Claudia Mills"


BOOK REVIEW

HOPE MILLS by Constance Pierce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"It's hard not to think of Gibbons's suggestive, economic style and her subtle feminism when slogging through Pierce's relatively artless complaints against small-town life in another era."
A first novel by storywriter Pierce (When Things Get Back to Normal, 1987) travels the same Carolinian terrain as the much more elegant work of Kaye Gibbons; thematically, it bears a lot in common with Robert Clark's novel, In the Deep Midwinter (1996), which also culminates in an illegal abortion during the Eisenhower years. Read full book review >

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LIZZIE AT LAST by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2000

"890, etc.) has written a light and entertaining story highlighting the hard-won lesson of being true to oneself even if it sets you a little apart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lizzie is facing seventh grade and another year of being woefully different from the other students. Read full book review >

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ZERO TOLERANCE by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 25, 2013

"Provocative and fun, from a master of the school story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After turning in a paring knife she accidentally brought to school with her lunch, a high-achieving, rule-following seventh-grade girl is suspended, and her case becomes a media sensation. Read full book review >

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MAKEOVERS BY MARCIA by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2005

"As unblemished as a good makeover. (Fiction. 8-12)"

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WRITE THIS DOWN by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fellow writers will understand Autumn's quest, but others may not find her tale as compelling. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Autumn is a writer, and although she's just 12, she is fully ready to be published—or so she thinks. Read full book review >

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ONE SQUARE INCH by Claudia Mills
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"While engaging, it's difficult to imagine a large audience for this often painful story. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
In this poignant tale, two children try to cope with their mother's bewildering descent into bipolar disorder by retreating into their own imagined world of a miniature kingdom, Inchland. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2008

"Believable and appealing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grader Amanda finds that exercising her writing talent helps her to cope with changes in her family. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 16, 1999

In her sequel to Losers, Inc. (1997), Mills allows Julius to emerge as something of a sad sack—he's convinced he can't do anything right, that his mother doesn't like him, and that he has nothing to offer—but he's wrong. Read full book review >

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DINAH FOREVER by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"Her story is sensitively told and a pleasure to read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dinah goes cosmic. Read full book review >

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HANNAH ON HER WAY by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Mills, who has a gift for creating likable characters and catching a child's perception of problems, is the author of a substantial body of deftly crafted stories about middle-grade girls; Hannah is a worthy addition to the roster. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grade in Hannah's new Maryland school is difficult: the other girls care ``about makeup, clothes, and boys'' while Hannah's concerns are still ``books, art, and make-believe.'' Although initially ambivalent about popular Caitie's overtures, Hannah comes to enjoy this first friend. Read full book review >

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STANDING UP TO MR. O. by Claudia Mills
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Once again Mills renders the trials of a good kid in a sympathetic and believable style, while giving readers plenty to ponder. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Maggie hates to disappoint her favorite teacher, Mr. O'Neill, but a combination of squeamishness and principles results in her refusal to participate in dissection labs, and in her writing an essay on the immorality of killing animals. Read full book review >

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LOSERS, INC. by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 3, 1997

"Ethan's thoughtful struggle to grow up while hanging on to his basic decency makes for an involving, often poignant, always satisfying story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An unusual look at a good kid trying to stay good in the face of the pressures of early adolescence. Read full book review >