Search Results: "Colleen Sydor"


BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"For maximum laughs, pair with David Lubar's Sleeping Freshman Never Lie (2005). (Fiction. YA)"
While most teenagers are embarrassed by their parents, 15-year-old Eli has reason: Her extroverted mother works as the French-fry mascot at a local burger joint, and her idea of a mother-daughter outing is to spend the day in burkas to better understand fundamentalist Muslim women. Read full book review >

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THE MCGILLICUDDY BOOK OF PERSONAL RECORDS by Colleen Sydor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"By turns awkwardly preachy, humorous and poetic—something like early adolescence itself, with perseverance and angst, artifice and sincerity running side by side. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Lee McGillicuddy longs to make his mark on the world and set a record for mastery of something—anything: "[T]he thought of being ordinary seemed like the worst life sentence in the world." Read full book review >

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CAMILLA CHAMELEON by Colleen Sydor
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Kids will love the silly fun and the opportunity to forecast other sibling soup possibilities. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Mrs. McNilly was pregnant, she craved Cream of Chameleon soup; when daughter Camilla is born, she's strange looking and her parents often have trouble finding her. Read full book review >

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TIMMERMAN WAS HERE by Colleen Sydor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Provocative. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A little girl is forced to contend with a boarder, Timmerman, when he temporarily occupies the bedroom of her Granddad, who has moved to a senior citizens' home. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

250 HOURS by Colleen Nelson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A potentially intriguing tale hampered by a romance that never really lights a spark. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Manitoba teens Jess and Sara Jean both know the terrible feelings of loss and doubt a child faces from having a parent abandon them. Read full book review >

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STARS by Colleen Oakes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy.Read full book review >

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CAESAR by Colleen McCullough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 1997

"Maps, glossary, and photos of sculptured portraits of the time. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The story of Caesar's Gallic Wars (roughly 5851 b.c.) and return to Rome warfare, followed fictively and, in the main, meticulously, from Caesar's Commentaries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2002

"A rousing and richly satisfying take on some of history's real beings."
Sixth and last in McCullough's series detailing the death throes of the Roman Republic (Caesar, 1997, etc.): an intelligent page-turning epic that seamlessly mixes love, gore, and ambition. Read full book review >

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CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH by Colleen Oakley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A romantic, sweet story about taking chances and living life fully."
A woman with a rare allergy—to other people—is forced to step outside her house and open herself up to the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

QUEEN OF HEARTS by Colleen Oakes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"The story of Dinah's transition from girl to woman continues and reveals new, remarkable aspects of her character."
In the second installment of Oakes' (Elly in Love, 2014, etc.) Queen of Hearts series, Dinah unravels more secrets of her past. Read full book review >