Search Results: "Cynthia Chapman Willis"


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DOG GONE by Cynthia Chapman Willis
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"This well-told story, spiced with humor and facts on animal care, has a satisfying, appealing conclusion. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Willis's debut novel skillfully navigates the subject of parental loss. Read full book review >

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BUCK FEVER by Cynthia Chapman Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"While this is ultimately yet another father-and-son-resolve-expectations story, its rural Pennsylvania hunting-community milieu sets it apart—just don't expect kids who hunt to want to read it, because it's not for them. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Joey doesn't fail to shoot the deer because of "buck fever"—the jitters that often accompany a novice hunter's first trip—he just plumb doesn't want to kill it. Read full book review >

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WILLIS by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1974

"Again the buoyant blimpiness of Marshall's open-hearted creatures is paralleled in the disarmingly goofy delivery of his message."
All that unhappy Willis, a sort of potbellied crocagator, needs to cheer him up is a pair of sunglasses so that he can open his eyes and take in the fun on the beautiful beach, but though his new friends Bird, Snake, and Lobster are eager to help, they can only come up with ten cents toward the 29¢ glasses. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2007

"An inviting, heartfelt look at a behind-the-scenes jazz guru."
The biography of a little-known jazz mover and shaker who, in his own quiet way, moved and shook the entire jazz world. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE CHAPMAN by Kate Sedley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A strong debut."
A septuagenarian recalls his youth, when, in 1471, he quit the Benedictines (no calling), became a chapman (a wandering peddler), and discovered his affinity for detective work. Read full book review >

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CYNTHIA GREGORY DANCES SWAN LAKE by Cynthia Gregory
Released: Oct. 25, 1990

One of the great contemporary prima ballerinas describes the tasks and events of a day climaxed by dancing the lead in her favorite ballet. Read full book review >

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PROMISED LAND by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Light, amusing, and well worked out: a vast improvement over the wretched Light Raid (1989)."
After expensive schooling off-planet, Delanna Milleflores returns to planet Keramos intending to stay just long enough to settle her recently deceased mother's estate. Read full book review >

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LIGHT RAID by Connie Willis
Released: May 1, 1989

From the authors of Lincoln's Dreams (Willis), Downtime (Felice) and (collectively) Water Witch: a brusque, YA-ish and crumbly near-future war-and-intrigue romance. Read full book review >

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THE OLD WILLIS PLACE by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"Spooky, but with an underlying sweetness. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Diana and Georgie have been living wild, depending only on each other. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF CONNIE WILLIS by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of Willis' talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama—and may guide inquisitive readers toward her equally accomplished and acclaimed novels."
Ten award-winning stories, 1982-2007, plus three equally well-regarded award acceptance speeches, from the much-celebrated author (All Clear, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Slightly marred by the author's tendency to wandering wordiness, but lovers of the genre will certainly forgive her."
A sordid case that spread sensation like wildfire across an 1830s America just beginning to flex its national brand of jurisprudence. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"First of an intended series about Violet that will, no doubt, continue the pious messages. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three adorable kittens are born in a kitchen pantry. Read full book review >