Search Results: "Dayna Hester"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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NO EASY WAY OUT by Dayna Lorentz
YOUNG ADULT
Released: July 16, 2013

"Ostensibly an adventure tale, the slow pacing leaches energy from the central mystery of the virus, its cause and the horrors surrounding it, making it more of a snoozer than a thriller. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
Over 1,500 people die from a flu strain released into an air vent in a crowded shopping mall, and the quarantined survivors descend into chaos in this protracted second installment of the story begun in No Safety in Numbers (2012). Read full book review >

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NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS by Dayna Lorentz
Released: May 1, 2012

"A whopping and disturbing cliffhanger serves as the conclusion. Readers will anxiously await the sequel. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A nightmare scenario plays out in a shopping mall, and a group of very different teens must strategize to survive in this engrossing, if uneven thriller. 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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Absorbing tale of a catastrophe at sea and its aftermath."
The harrowing story of a nautical hit-and-run accident off the coast of New Zealand that destroyed an American family. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE LADY AGENCY by Hester Browne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"Escapism for anglophiles but not much more."
An updated Cinderella story set in London, with a heroine whose life is changed when she dons a wig. Read full book review >

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THE GATES OF EVANGELINE by Hester Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An eerie but inviting debut."
In the first of a planned trilogy, a writer grieving the loss of her 4-year-old son becomes enmeshed with the subjects of her true-crime book-in-progress. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"O'Hare just fly. (7 b&w illustrations)"
A flight attendant's lighter-than-air view of his job and the crackpot customers for whom he cares. Read full book review >

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KINSHIP THEORY by Hester Kaplan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2001

"A solid, well-written first novel that successfully avoids the saccharine and melodramatic."
Rather than the overwrought tearjerker it might have been—mother acts as surrogate for her infertile daughter—Kaplan (stories: Edge of Marriage, 1999) delivers an affecting and often biting portrait of family relationships. Read full book review >

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MY CHIMP FRIDAY by Hester Mundis
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"The attention-grabbing cover and immensely popular premise will likely have kids going bananas over this fun story that's ready-made for movie land. (Side note: the page design alternately prints the author's name and book title on every page—annoying and unnecessary.) (Fiction. 8-12)"
This mystery/animal/humor/environment story starts off with a bang—make that a chimp! Read full book review >