Search Results: "Darleen Bailey Beard"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FLIMFLAM MAN by Darleen Bailey Beard
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 1998

From Beard (The Pumpkin Man from Piney Creek, 1995), an easy-to-read tale based on a true incident that the citizens of Wetumka, Oklahomain a classic case of making lemons into lemonadestill celebrate with an annual ``Sucker Day.'' When F. Bam Morrison steps out of his turquoise blue Chevy and announces that he's the advance man for Bohn's United Circus Shows, the whole town of Wetumka rushes to buy ticketsall but crotchety ol' man Swank, who snorts that Morrison is only a flimflam man, a two-faced weasel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OPERATION CLEAN SWEEP by Darleen Bailey Beard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"Beard has once again used her mildly intriguing fiction to bring to light another little-known actual episode that significantly impacted a small town's history. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-11)"
Corn is caught in the middle when his Suffragist mother secretly decides to run against his father, who is up for reelection as mayor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BABBS SWITCH STORY by Darleen Bailey Beard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2002

"Surprisingly lighthearted for such a sad story, Ruth Ann's gutsy intensity creates a lively tone and an appealing character. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Basing her story on a real tragedy in the town of Babbs Switch, Oklahoma, Beard enlivens and enlarges events by using 12-year-old Ruth Ann's voice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TWISTER by Darleen Bailey Beard
Released: March 10, 1999

"A rousing tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A riveting adventure about an encounter with one of nature's most formidable manifestations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PUMPKIN MAN FROM PINEY CREEK by Darleen Bailey Beard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A recipe's included, just in case. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Beard's first book is inspired by pumpkins. Read full book review >

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THE SPECIAL ONES
by Leila Roy

I know only too well what happens to the new ones who are brought here. Gradually they are convinced to change, molded to be who we tell them they are. But there’s another unanswered question: What happens to the ones who leave?
The Special Ones, by Em Bailey
 

The Special Ones live on a secluded farmstead surrounded by ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"More a parade of menu items than a life, this one is bland reading for all but the most serious students of the Master. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Thirteen years (195264) of letters from James Beard, with just enough interspersed replies from West Coast culinary colleague Helen Evans Brown to reveal that more of her voice would have improved this volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CROCODILE'S TEARS by Alex Beard
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Ecological storytelling at its finest. (author's note, glossary of endangered animals with colored photos) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Rhino and Tickbird's query about why Crocodile cries tears leads them from one animal to another, triggering troubling and provocative questions about Africa's endangered habitats and its vanishing wildlife. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR ZOE by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Earnest and sensitive—to a fault."
In an epistolary first novel about the process of grieving, a 15-year-old girl writes letters to the younger sister whose death she feels responsible for. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST IN THE GARDEN by Philip Beard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2006

"Some pretty good golf tips from Sal, but that's about it to hold your attention."
Beard (Dear Zoe, 2005) very faintly echoes Updike at Updike's weakest in a golf novel about a suburban Pittsburgh lawyer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONFRONTING THE CLASSICS by Mary Beard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 9, 2013

"A top-notch introduction to some fairly arcane material, accessible but not patronizing."
This collection by Beard (Classics/Cambridge Univ.; The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found, 2008, etc.) provides a traditional classical education, and there's no need to learn a dead language. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2016

"A lively history of one man's indelible imprint on American news."
The peripatetic life of a newspaper mogul. Read full book review >