Search Results: "Clete Barrett Smith"


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MAGIC DELIVERY by Clete Barrett Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An unfortunate misstep from an otherwise solid author. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
A middle school con artist finds unexpected possibilities in…magic. Read full book review >

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ALIEN ON A RAMPAGE by Clete Barrett Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"With a festival grand finale that's like a picnic of the living dead, this outing is spot-on for middle graders who like a dash of humor in their science fiction. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
In this warm-hearted sequel to Aliens on Vacation (2011), David resumes his summer job at Grandma's Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast and finds himself on the wrong footing with a creepy alien. Read full book review >

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ALIENS ON VACATION by Clete Barrett Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2011

"Ideal for upper-elementary readers dabbling in sci-fi. (Science fiction. 9-13)"
Summer with grandma: boring, right? Read full book review >

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MR. 60% by Clete Barrett Smith
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An unbalanced but still effective tear-jerker. (Fiction. 14-17)"
A high school drug dealer learns some harsh truths. Read full book review >

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CATS GOT TALENT by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Despite light touches, the cavalier abandonment of the cats, the satiric spoofing of the cats' ambitions and their naïve satisfaction with their 'success' create a disappointingly mean-spirited tone overall. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three stray cats, formerly pets, try to strike it big in showbiz. Read full book review >

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THE MARSHMALLOW INCIDENT by Judi Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The overlong text never really gets past its vaguely Monty Python-esque premise, making it an insufficiently daffy, one-joke Lesson in Cooperation rather than the full-on goof-fest that made the Barretts' earlier book such a favorite. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Timed to coincide with the release of the film of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, this unrelated tale from the Barretts is a wan fable about Getting Along, enlivened with a little pale silliness. Read full book review >

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COLD IN SUMMER by Tracy Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"A genuine ghost story without coincidental explanations that will draw readers eerily in. (Fiction. 10-14)"
No way does Ariadne want to spend her seventh-grade year in a hick town in Tennessee just because her mom got a job at the university there. Read full book review >

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MURDER IN CHINA RED by Dean Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2002

"But despite repeated flashbacks to scenes of his hero's Beijing torture, is as flimsy as the paper target in a shooting gallery."
After pretty Judy Fisher thumbs through her sleeping john's credit cards, she heads for the shower—and steps out to find there are two more guests, uninvited and armed, in Room 1204 of the toney Palace Hotel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1994

"A compelling book that explores the depths of a subject routinely trivialized—if treated at all—in literature."
A penetrating, witty, moving exploration of the lives of three women trying to find themselves in their new roles as mothers. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN'S CHARLOTTE by Julia Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Even Austen's wit seems less sparkling and more forced in so trite a setting."
The pseudonymous author of two Jane Austen sequels (The Third Sister, 1996, etc.) here takes up Austen's unfinished manuscript satirizing land speculators and fashionable seaside towns, completing it with period style and dash, though plot developments are less satisfying Austen began The Brothers (better known as Sanditon, the name her survivors gave it) shortly before she died in 1817. Read full book review >

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A JUST CLAUSE by Lorna Barrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Though Barrett's character-driven series never provides very memorable mysteries, fans who are invested in the lives of the two sisters will welcome this angst-filled installment."
Which would you prefer, a murder investigation or a family crisis? Barrett gives her sister heroines both. Read full book review >

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BAD EYE BLUES by Neal Barrett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1997

Vinnie (``Spuds'') Read full book review >