Search Results: "Dandi Daley Mackall"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRETS OF TREE TAYLOR by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2014

"A simple story with surprising depth in its examination of truth and compassion. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
In Mackall's first-person coming-of-age narrative, an aspiring young writer wrestles with the difference between facts and many-layered truths, learning the role of compassion in deciding which secrets need to be shared and which are not hers to tell. Read full book review >

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MY BOYFRIENDS’ DOGS by Dandi Daley Mackall
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Still, teens who appreciate feisty female characters will be entertained by Bailey's voyage to self-discovery, and the star-crossed ending will satisfy romance enthusiasts. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Bailey Daley loves dogs, and they love her back better than most of her suitors can. Read full book review >

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ARE WE THERE YET? by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The irony of the whole situation will not be lost on small children, but don't expect miracles—children will behave just like this on their next family vacation. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Every family will identify and commiserate, with their traveling counterparts in these rollicking, rhyming couplets. Read full book review >

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THE SILENCE OF MURDER by Dandi Daley Mackall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Pass up this one for one of Judy Blundell's or Kathryn Miller Haines' whip-smart girl-centered mysteries instead. (Mystery. 13 & up)"
A teenager tries to clear her mute brother's name when he is accused of murdering the local high-school baseball coach. Read full book review >

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LARGER-THAN-LIFE LARA by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"Laney's portrayal is nicely subtle, but Lara's unflinching martyrdom is awkward for realism (and is another harmful example of fat character as victim). (Fiction. 9-11)"
A likable fourth-grader writes a book (this one) about a cryptic and crucified fellow classmate. Read full book review >

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EVA UNDERGROUND by Dandi Daley Mackall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2006

"Modern Communism is rarely depicted in children's literature, and never before this well. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Eva's dad, a university professor and former Catholic seminarian, sees a Sabbatical year in Communist Poland as his chance to make a difference in the world. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Good thing God forgives her—many parents would be investigating that 'spare the rod' verse. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Narrated by the self-numbered Natalie 24, an overactive five-year-old with a lot of big ideas, this Junie B. Jones knockoff packs a lot of action into a just a few pages. Read full book review >

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A GIRL NAMED DAN by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"A note on the flap states that the story comes from the author's own attempt to win the batboy contest, but this tie to reality doesn't make up for the lack of spirit and energy. (Picture book. 7-9)"
A girl named Dandi daydreams about baseball and loves to play. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"The tale is told in an understated way, complemented by Chabrian's sensitive watercolor illustrations, which convey Jack's range of emotions. (author's note, cookie recipe) (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's the Depression, and Jack and his mother struggle to get by in their small town. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE EASTER ROBIN by Dandi Daley Mackall
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2010

"Vojtech provides attractive full-page paintings with an appealing little girl and bright-eyed robins, but the story preaches rather than entertains. (author's note) (Religion/picture book. 5-8)"
Mackall offers a trite, heavy-handed story of a little girl named Tressa and her grandmother, who are preparing decorations for Easter as they observe a robin's nest on their windowsill. Read full book review >

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TINY BABY JESUS by Dandi Daley Mackall
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Noonan's illustrations use soft colors that complement the style of the text, with many appealing views of Baby Jesus and his parents on the first Christmas Day. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
This tender Nativity story begins with the birth of Jesus and ends with the Holy Family leaving the stable. Read full book review >