Search Results: "Clay Carmichael"


BOOK REVIEW

WILD THINGS by Clay Carmichael
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Zoë Royster, peer to the literary heroines she so loves, is as memorable in her own way as the Great Gilly Hopkins, Opal Buloni and Anne Shirley. (Fiction. 9-12)"
After the death of her mentally ill mother, Zoë—tart-tongued and valiant—is adopted by her paternal uncle, artist Henry Royster, and with his help moves toward a more conventional life. Read full book review >

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BEAR AT THE BEACH AND OTHER ADVENTURES by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 24, 2017

"While young ones will recognize Bear's fears and appreciate the reassuring endings, this Bear doesn't measure up to the most famous of anxiety-ridden bears. Winnie the Pooh is still a better choice for independent readers. (Fantasy. 6-9)"
Three stories originally published as separate 40-page readers are repackaged as one longer chapter book. Read full book review >

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BEAR AT THE BEACH by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Clara's presence at the end musters only cold comfort. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A depressing fable about Clara's toy bear who longs in vain for a father and makes futile gestures to reach him: ``message after message in paper ships'' and a sand sculpture (``It is a hard thing to watch your father wash away''). Read full book review >

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USED-UP BEAR by Clay Carmichael
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"A joyous ending, in which Bear admires himself 'all morning in the mirror,' brings great relief, as well as a message of love and loyalty. (Picture book. 5-8)"
This story of a well-loved, fraying stuffed toy features a protagonist suffering heartbreaking sadness and misery. Read full book review >

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BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 30, 2013

"A soppy, at times sanctimonious melodrama that still entertains. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
With his grandmother dead, 17-year-old Billy "Brother" Grace has nothing...except a family mystery. Read full book review >

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CLAY by Melissa Harrison
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"Juxtaposing often-overlooked everyday natural beauty and man-made ugliness makes for some lovely, laudable prose, but there's not enough meat here for a full-length novel."
In a small, inner-city park in England, cycles of life are marked by the turning seasons and the interactions of a handful of characters—a neglected boy, a lonely immigrant, an elderly widow. Read full book review >

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CLAY by Colby Rodowsky
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2001

A powerful novel explores the toll that abduction by a non-custodial parent takes on one girl's identity. Read full book review >

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CLAY by David Almond
FANTASY
Released: July 25, 2006

"A memorable tale that raises provocative questions. (Fiction. 12+)"
What if your wish for revenge against a bully could come true? Read full book review >

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HENRY CLAY by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"In this lucid, exemplary biography, Unger focuses on not just Clay, but also on the formation of the early republic, a time too little studied today. An excellent introduction to a turbulent era."
A comprehensive biography of the statesman whom Abraham Lincoln called "the ideal politician." Read full book review >

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IMPASSIONED CLAY by Stevie Davies
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2000

"Historically fascinating and emotionally gripping: another success for Davies."
A striking seventh novel from British scholar and critic Davies (Four Dreamers and Emily, 1997, etc.) examines the revolutionary passion of two women separated by 400 years. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 2010

"A distinguished addition to the recent run of outstanding antebellum histories and biographies."
A comprehensive biography of Lincoln's political idol, the man said to have declared, "I had rather be right than be President." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Captivating, though necessarily speculative."
Sensitive, respectful inquiry into the life of a now-famous slave potter. Read full book review >