Search Results: "Deb Hoeffner"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY by Richard C. Hawkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A tender tale worth adding to your holiday library. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A young tree experiences the magic, and fleeting nature, of the Christmas season. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Moving stories of one woman's life that renewed her faith in friendship and in God."
An emotionally charged friendship shared epistolary-style. Read full book review >

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WANTED—DEB OR ALIVE by Laurie Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 20, 2011

"Less a mystery than a buddy adventure, the second in this series will please those enamored of Dainty's disasters, so long as they don't mind the high body count."
Debutante Dainty Prescott (Deb on Arrival—Live at Five, 2010, etc.) goes south of the border. Read full book review >

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DAWN OF THE DEB by Laurie Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2015

"Forget plots and subplots. Moore (Deb on Air—Live At Five, 2013, etc.) has so much going on that readers may have to take notes."
A debutante finds herself responsible for handling a mishmash of potential disasters. Read full book review >

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DEB ON ARRIVAL--LIVE AT FIVE by Laurie Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2010

"Though Moore (Woman Strangled—News at Ten, 2009, etc.) doesn't write well enough to maintain her heroine's distinctive voice while she juggles her riotously complicated life, it's impossible to not get wrapped up in her debutante's debut."
Introducing Dallas's Debutante Detective Agency, which deals in minor mysteries and major sass. Read full book review >

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DEB ON AIR—LIVE AT FIVE by Laurie Moore
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 17, 2013

"In spite of being saddled with a nightmare family, Dainty performs admirably amid a sea of suspects."
A debutante detective must resolve her boss' troubles to keep her job. Read full book review >

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BEAR AND SQUIRREL ARE FRIENDS...YES, REALLY! by Deb Pilutti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A nifty, expectation-defying read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
They might look very different, but Bear and Squirrel are friends. Read full book review >

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TEN RULES OF BEING A SUPERHERO by Deb Pilutti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"This book is starchier than a superhero story ought to be, but almost everyone will agree with rule 10: '[S]aving the day is more fun with a friend.' (Picture book. 4-7)"
There are 10 rules of being a superhero, but the second is the most important: "Saving the day is messy." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 8, 2008

"No source citations, either. (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
Assuring readers that "you're not the first to have a time out, you're not the worst," Lucke presents 14 of the badly behaved from history—including Cleopatra the "Phighting Pharaoh," Isabella the "Not-So-Clean Queen" (she claimed to have bathed only twice in her life) and the "Armée Brat" Napoleon: "He looked at Germany and said, ‘Mine.' He saw Italy and said, ‘Mine.' " Unfortunately, she wastes her promising premise by skipping over nearly all of the actual details ("In 1717 Bach was given a time out for ‘stubbornness'), and by not checking her facts carefully—no, Rosa Parks did not become an activist after she was arrested, and no, she did not receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (she did win the Congressional Gold Medal). Read full book review >

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THE LUNCH WITCH by Deb Lucke
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Truly, far too often school lunch ladies get a bad rap. In this case, it's justified, and stout-stomached readers who have always suspected the truth should enjoy seeing how. (Graphic novel. 9-11)"
A troubled student leads an evil lunch lady astray…at least temporarily. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO WOULDN’T SWIM by Deb Lucke
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2008

"A perfect remedy for kids fighting fears—especially those afraid to tackle the deep end. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One hot summer an aquaphobic boy refuses to learn how to swim while his younger sister takes to the water like a fish. Read full book review >

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THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Deb Loughead
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Too many flaws to make it worthy of precious reading time. (Mystery. 12-16)"
Secrets and lies and guilt and shame choke this mild thriller. Read full book review >