Search Results: "Debra Gwartney"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2009

"An achingly beautiful chronicle of unfathomable sorrow, flickering hope and quiet redemption."
Profoundly moving memoir of the author's agony and perseverance as she lost her two teenage daughters to the streets, and of the slow, painful reconciliation they eventually found. Read full book review >

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SPIKE by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Brilliant. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spike, an abandoned "Ugliest Dog in the Universe"-contest winner, finds love and a new home in this heartwarming tale about beauty—and its many permutations. Read full book review >

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A FABULOUS FAIR ALPHABET by Debra Frasier
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 22, 2010

"All together, this themed abecedary whirls like a Ferris wheel. (Picture book. 7-10)"
For kids who have never been to a country fair, this montage of alphabet letters in various graphic styles that represent items and impressions of a fair may, like a first-time midway experience, be sensory overload. Read full book review >

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THAT KIND OF DOG by Debra Wainwright
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Plodding dialogue, unexceptional illustrations and the lack of a strong main character make this a less-than-engaging effort. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Mary Constance has a problem with her dog, Bramble. Read full book review >

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A BIRTHDAY CAKE IS NO ORDINARY CAKE by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"In an effort to fold a bit of hard science into what sometimes seems a bit like a greeting card, a concluding page makes reference to tree rings and Bristlecone pines and presents a map of the solar year. (Picture book. 4-8)"
There's no treacle in the actual recipe included, but there's plenty elsewhere in another birthday-celebration book from the author/illustrator of On the Day You Were Born (1991). Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE OCEAN by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The value of this treasure hunter's appreciation is in the notion that real 'treasure' is in the looking. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Relief for the land-locked comes in the form of this book, which delivers the salt smells and sea sounds that accompany beachcombers right to readers' laps. Read full book review >

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Miss Alaineus by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"It is sure to be a favorite that will be read again and again. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Sage has the flu and receives her vocabulary list via a hurried phone call from her best friend, who spells all but the last word. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE WATER SHOW by Debra Frasier
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Rendered with markers, in the same bright, bold style as Miss Allaneus, the illustrations have a distinctly school-like style. (Picture book. 8-10)"
The fifth-graders from Frasier's Miss Allaneus: A Vocabulary Disaster (2000) are back in a bloated attempt to present basic water concepts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRLS IN CHARGE by Debra Moffitt
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Filled with sage advice and a surprise ending, this fast-paced tale will leave fans eagerly awaiting the next PLS adventure. (Fiction. 12-14)"
The girls of the Pink Locker Society continue to skillfully navigate the turbulent waters of middle school in this newest addition to the series. Read full book review >

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THE LAST OF THE ROUNDUP BOYS by Debra Seely
FICTION
Released: July 15, 2004

"Though the cover will have readers thinking this is simply a romance, it is a story with substance, and readers will want to go back and read its companion, Grasslands (2002), which tells Tom's story prior to coming out to Kansas. (author's note) (Fiction. 11+)"
It's a familiar story: pretty, rich farmer's daughter falling for the hired hand. Read full book review >

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GRASSLANDS by Debra Seely
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"An excellent coming-of-age story and a must for collections on prairies, cowboy life, and westward expansion after the Civil War. (author's note, sources) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Thomas Hunter felt constrained by the life his wealthy grandfather had laid out for him: "Academy, college, a law school. Read full book review >

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NEWFANGLED by Debra Monroe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Overburdened with flashbacks, which slow the pace, but a debut that nonetheless raises pertinent questions about the fate of modern-day families, and offers some answers in an agreeably sardonic tone. (Author tour)"
An incisive, if at times overly complex, view of the disintegration of a modern family—in a first novel from the author of two story collections (A Wild, Cold State, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >