Search Results: "Colleen Madden"


BOOK REVIEW

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU by Mariah Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An unsuccessful adaptation. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Carey's zillion-selling Christmas song is paired with pictures that put a slightly different spin on the original's romantic yearning. Read full book review >

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THE CRAZY CASE OF MISSING THUNDER by Tony Abbott
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"Everyone wants to be a Goofball in this little town, and readers will want to follow their cases in the future. That #1 on the spine ensures that there will be many more adventures from these goofy friends. (Mystery. 7-9)"
Best friends, Mara, Kelly, Brian and Jeff are self-styled Goofball private eyes who solve unusual mysteries. Read full book review >

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! by Colleen Madden
Released: May 1, 2017

"A suitably festive deployment of the familiar song, now safely in the public domain. (Picture book. 3-adult)"
A gift book featuring an expanded version of the "Happy Birthday" song with new verses, accompanying illustrations, and even a button to push that plays a recording of the familiar song. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SUKKOT PUMPKIN EVER by Laya Steinberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A simple Sukkot story that focuses on the concept of helping those in need. (afterword, activities) (Picture book. 4-7)"
Many families from Micah's synagogue are picking pumpkins for a soup kitchen. Read full book review >

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WATER, WEED AND WAIT by Edith Hope Fine
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Smart teachers will find the hook and perhaps harvest the exuberance for their own school gardens. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Miss Marigold, the breezy "garden lady" at Pepper Lane Elementary, suggests turning a littered patch of hard-pan into a school garden. Read full book review >

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Zenji & the Muzzy Bug by Aisl Madden
Released: Oct. 12, 2015

"A vibrantly illustrated, relaxation-focused sleep story that has plenty of appeal.
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A bright green, kid-friendly monster does visualizations to defeat a cold in Madden's children's series debut. Read full book review >

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TIME OF DEATH by Gary Madden
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 2011

"Madden's debut mystery is an offbeat combination of noir and the supernatural that could appeal to a wide audience."
When Death asks a favor, who can say no? Read full book review >

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UP CLOSE: HARPER LEE by Kerry Madden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Extensive source notes and an excellent bibliography round out this superb biography, one of the best in the Up Close series. (foreword, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
Not believing in biographies of living writers, Harper Lee declined to be interviewed for one, but Madden draws on extensive research—including trips to Monroeville, Ala., and interviews with classmates, colleagues and town residents—to explore how Lee's life and times inspired her masterpiece. Read full book review >

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GENTLE’S HOLLER by Kerry Madden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Though some of the plot elements strain credibility, the graceful, spirited and, above all, sensory richness of the writing make this work stand out. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In her debut for young readers, Madden creates a warmhearted, compelling family drama about the Weems, circa early 1960s. Read full book review >

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AUTHENTICITY by Deirdre Madden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2005

"Still, an elegant novel of ideas, written by an author committed to her art."
In a welcome change from tales of bog-Irish poverty, Madden portrays 21st-century Dublin populated by a thriving middle class—and by three visual artists who, beckoned by a higher calling, decline to participate at great personal cost. Read full book review >

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JESSIE’S MOUNTAIN by Kerry Madden
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A fitting end to the trilogy, Madden has created a heartwarming family story bursting with love and mountain music. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Madden brings the struggling yet loving Weems family refreshingly to life in her third story in the Maggie Valley trilogy following Gentle's Holler (2005) and Louisiana's Song (2007). Read full book review >

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LOUISIANA’S SONG by Kerry Madden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2007

"This second of three Maggie Valley stories is a celebration of artists and words, and, though somewhat idealized, Madden's fluid and heartfelt storytelling will leave young readers looking forward to more. (Fiction. 10+)"
In an engaging sequel to Gentle's Holler (2005), Madden continues the story of the Weems family, and brings painfully shy and artistically talented 11-year-old Louise, the fourth of ten children, into sharper focus: "It's only folks that scare Louise, not storms or snakes." Read full book review >