Search Results: "Debra McArthur"


BOOK REVIEW

A VOICE FOR KANZAS by Debra McArthur
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"Authenticity supported by her previous juvenile nonfiction works, McArthur has created a believable and fast-paced tale of life in the Kansas Territory. (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
It's 1855, and 13-year-old budding poet Lucy has no desire to leave the safety of Pennsylvania, her school and her coming cotillion to head out to the dangerous town of Lawrence, Kan. 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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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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THE UNHAPPENING OF GENESIS LEE by Shallee McArthur
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"For anyone fascinated with thoughts of omniscience and total social connection—and who isn't?—McArthur's debut suggests fascinating and chilling possibilities. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
Montagues and Capulets, Sharks and Jets; now it's the Mementi (with their genetically modified, storable memories) and the Populace. Read full book review >

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TOO MUCH DRAMA by Debra Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"A tiresome attempt at contemporary romance."
Set in the gated communities of Los Angeles, studded with luxury goods of all kinds, an ostensibly comic romance recounts one very spoiled young woman's journey to the altar. Read full book review >

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APPRENTICE TO THE FLOWER POET Z. by Debra Weinstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2004

"Only a poet could write so viciously yet adoringly (and, often, insightfully) about poetry. But only a poet, too, will have patience for Weinstein's onslaught of wordplay and purposely bad verse."
A poet and first-novelist brutally satirizes the poetry establishment, following a scholarship student through a New York university's writing program in the 1980s. Read full book review >

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SCAR TISSUE by Debra Macdonald
Released: April 9, 2014

"Although a somewhat-predictable stalking subplot wraps up a little too neatly, the book succeeds as a well-developed character study of a man in the midst of a personal crisis."
A talented but troubled surgeon searches for personal and professional redemption in MacDonald's debut novel. Read full book review >