Search Results: "Dayna Hester"


BOOK REVIEW

HESTER by Byron Barton
Released: Sept. 29, 1975

But Barton's first wobbly-lined picture, of Hester's dining room all set for the party, is the very dream of Halloween that any first grader would delight in drawing for himself, the stock haunted house is not only incongruous but warmly inviting and a little sad among all the high rises, and the sweet old witch's welcoming, well-behaved friends are such a grotesque gang of freaks that the whole adventure proves to be a captivating blend of good cheer and satisfying shivers. Read full book review >

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HESTER by Christopher Bigsby
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Hawthorne points up the book's problem: It tries to be both historical reconstruction and novel and doesn't fulfill either mission completely."
This ``prequel'' to The Scarlet Letter imagines the early life of Hester Prynne and serves as a creative addendum to that classic, but it could not stand on its own. Read full book review >

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HESTER by Paula Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Reed's confident debut amiably reimagines Hawthorne's tragic heroine as a brave lady in tumultuous times, making this sequel to his literary classic a standard-issue historical novel."
Continuation of The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne and her wild daughter to Oliver Cromwell's England. Read full book review >

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SPEAKING TRUTHS by Dayna Hester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2011

"Teaches and informs while remaining a compelling, nonexploitative read."
A teenage boy must piece his past together after discovering he was kidnapped as a child. Read full book review >

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HESTER AMONG THE RUINS by Binnie Kirshenbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

The story of two lovers whose lives are profoundly shaken by echoes of the Holocaust: a German medievalist and the woman who, while writing his biography, falls in love with him. Read full book review >

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THE CASTLE ON HESTER STREET by Linda Heller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"The historical references make the narrative a bit creaky, but Kulikov recreates warmly lit, authentic-looking interiors and street scenes, and his smiling, flexibly posed figures project an intimacy that will draw children in to this intergenerational interchange. (Picture book. 6-8)"
New pictures add fresh animation to a slightly retouched text originally published in 1982. Read full book review >

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THE POTENTIAL HAZARDS OF HESTER DAY by Mercedes Helnwein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A portfolio of random sketches—however vivid—does not a novel make."
After an impromptu marriage, Florida teen embarks on a road trip, encountering the usual exponents of absurd Americana, in visual artist Helnwein's debut novel. Read full book review >

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NO DAWN WITHOUT DARKNESS by Dayna Lorentz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 17, 2014

"Though readers will need to have read (and possibly recently reread) the previous two to understand this conclusion, it provides a thoughtful and broad-reaching ending to a tale of surviving dire circumstances. (Thriller. 14-18)"
This final novel in a trilogy about teens quarantined in a mall after their exposure to a virus is realistic in its portrayal of the lasting effects of the ordeal for the survivors. Read full book review >

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THE WINGS THAT FLY US HOME by Dayna Dunbar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2006

"Appealing characters and humor help balance the farfetched New Age hokum."
Single Oklahoma mom with psychic abilities journeys to Santa Fe in this sequel to The Saints and Sinners of Okay County (2004). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 1965

"And, since the quoted line appears as the sub-title on the jacket and as the first line of the text, the story is really given away before it ever happens."
Hester a well-dressed mouse, is handsomely illustrated as an appealing mouse housekeeper. Read full book review >

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Released: March 19, 2011

"This may be a nuts-and-bolts primer on fashioning the architecture and words for your marriage, but Reid keeps it sweet as the cake and smooth as the silk."
A how-to guide for choosing the words that mean the most to you for your wedding ceremony, as well as designing the event. Read full book review >

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THE SAINTS AND SINNERS OF OKAY COUNTY by Dayna Dunbar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A very appealing debut from Dunbar, an Oklahoma native, whose tough-minded tenderness and authentic voice make the most of a slight plot."
Oklahoma psychic, in an impressive first from screenwriter Dunbar. Read full book review >