Search Results: "Clay Snellgrove"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BALL PLAYER by Clay Snellgrove
Released: April 28, 2012

"A sturdy sports novel with much greater appeal."
A coming-of-age novel about a young man's ambition to play Major League Baseball and the lifelong friendship that guided him along the way. Read full book review >

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ANTS 'N' UNCLES by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A lively introduction to distant places with some deeply unfortunate visuals. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Silhouette artist Rice offers another imaginative tale using his intricate cut-paper designs. Read full book review >

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THE STICK by Clay Rice
by Clay Rice, illustrated by Clay Rice
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2014

"What could come across as saccharine is given weight and beauty by both art and heart. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A parable on the importance of imagination, told in stunning silhouettes. Read full book review >

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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 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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THEA'S TREE by Judith Clay
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"With its droll paintings and fablelike story, the book will appeal to those whose tree-hugging instincts and good wishes for the Earth's future are intact. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Although Thea has grown up in an ugly brick city without trees, flowers or plants (is it in Europe or North America?), her parents remember trees with fondness. 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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SANTIAGO AND THE DRINKING PARTY by Clay Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A rather aimless chronicle of exile and discovery."
Morgan (Aura, 1983—not reviewed) tells the story of a restless Yankee who goes south of the border to find the magic that eludes him at home—but who can't figure out what to do with it once he's there. Read full book review >

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HITLER'S U-BOAT WAR by Clay Blair
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Military history of a surpassingly high order, which (assuming no letdown in the concluding volume) could become the standard reference on U-boats. (maps and photos, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
The first of two volumes recounting in sweeping (almost too sweeping) detail the true impact of Nazi Germany's storied U-boats on the course of WW II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2007

"Readable, if something of a footnote to history."
Did sibling rivalry lead to the slaughter that was World War I? This psychobiography makes a good case in the affirmative. Read full book review >

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LOSING CHARLOTTE by Heather Clay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2010

"The main problem with this domestic melodrama is that the absence of the title character leaves a big hole not only in the family dynamic but in the plot. Like her family, the reader misses Charlotte."
Clay's debut novel has plenty to say about familial relationships in general and sisterhood in particular. Read full book review >