Search Results: "Clayton Hanmer"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET LIFE OF MONEY by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A good guide for beginners and browsers, but not suitable for research. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This chatty guide to money works to make the subject appealing to middle-schoolers but is regrettably short on sourcing. Read full book review >

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HALF-TRUTHS AND BRAZEN LIES by Kira Vermond
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2016

"Yes, sometimes lies grease the wheels—'society would collapse if we told the truth all the time,' say some experts. You wouldn't want that to happen, so let Vermond be your guide. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
We all lie. We can't help it. Read full book review >

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THE LOWDOWN ON DENIM by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Humor and information combine in appealing nonfiction for middle-grade and middle-school readers. (further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
A lighthearted look at the history of everyone's favorite pants couched as a detention report written by a couple of middle-school pranksters. Read full book review >

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A IS FOR AWESOME by Dallas Clayton
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Not awe-ful. (Inspirational picture book. 6-8, adult)"
The creator of An Awesome Book! (2012) and its titularly similar companions offers an alphabet of uplift. Read full book review >

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AN AWESOME BOOK OF LOVE! by Dallas Clayton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"As with most books that have an inherent tension within, readers will either enthusiastically respond to this title, with its outsider, hipster vibe, or pass due to its lack of polish and resistance to easily fitting into any single reader category. (Picture book. All ages)"
Clayton, the former self-publishing phenom, continues his series of books about awesomely big concepts. Here, he proclaims and exalts love in language best described as rhyming stream of consciousness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1996

"The question remains: Will readers find it merely confusing and irritating—or sufficiently intriguing to come back for more?"
Another yarn with a portentous but essentially meaningless subtitle: the first of a trilogy from a veteran paperback author making her hardcover debut. Read full book review >

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PEARLS BEFORE SWINE by Mary Clayton
Released: April 17, 1996

"Murky but mildly engrossing."
Author of several historical novels under the name Mary Lide (Polmena Cove, 1995, etc.), Clayton turns here to present-day Cornwall and a contemporary protagonist—ex-Police Inspector John Reynolds—an early retiree and successful writer of detective fiction who lives alone in the once-thriving, now threadbare village of St. Read full book review >

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FOUR STUPID CUPIDS by Gregory Maguire
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"Midsummer Night's Dream' this is not, but rarely have the arrows of love gone more hilariously astray. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Having faced ghosts, aliens, and deadly Siberian snow spiders in previous adventures, the fifth graders at Josiah Fawcett Elementary take on a very different sort of challenge when a Grecian urn from Fawn Petros's aunt shatters, releasing four bright-eyed cupids from a 2,300-year nap. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHINY BROKEN PIECES by Sona Charaipotra
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 12, 2016

"An addicting thriller that will make anyone who loves ballet clamor for another installment. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Three girls compete for two coveted company spots in New York's prestigious American Ballet Company, and someone is willing to kill for them. Read full book review >

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THE WEDNESDAY DAUGHTERS by Meg Waite Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2013

"Contrived and convoluted in effecting feel-good spirituality."
This sequel to The Wednesday Sisters (2008) follows a second generation of sensitive friends as they travel to a cottage in England's Lake District to uncover secrets and bond, as Clayton's female characters are wont to do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; source notes, bibliography, index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
In an excellent summary of the history, development, and controversies surrounding affirmative action—the US government's initiative to assure better employment opportunities for women and people of color—Hanmer concentrates especially on how the program applies to African-Americans. Read full book review >