Search Results: "Delia Ray"


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FINDING FORTUNE by Delia Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Like its protagonist, full of heart. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Ren (short for Renata) spends her summer after sixth grade in a long-abandoned town near her Midwest home not far from the Mississippi River. Read full book review >

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HERE LIES LINC by Delia Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Actual epitaphs from across the globe kick off each chapter for extra funereal fun. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Can Linc hope for anything near a normal life when his widowed mother is an absent-minded professor specializing in burial customs? Read full book review >

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SINGING HANDS by Delia Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2006

"Inspired by Ray's mother's own experience. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It is 1948 in Birmingham, Ala., and lively Gussie, age 12, explains that her comeuppance for humming during her deaf-minister father's church services is the start of what turns out to be one of the worst and best times of her life. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1991

"Bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A continuation of the ``Young Readers' History of the Civil War,'' begun in A Nation Torn (1990). Read full book review >

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GHOST GIRL by Delia Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"Ray's loving attention to setting, character, and detail makes this debut special, a quiet and subtle evocation of a time and a place based on real events and a real teacher. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-14)"
Eleven-year-old April Sloane lives an isolated life on Doubletop Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, so she doesn't believe it when her friend Dewey Jessup claims to have met President Hoover at his new summer place down the mountain. Read full book review >

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HANGING UP by Delia Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1995

"A steady dose of low-grade humor helps, but ultimately this portrait of a dysfunctional family cum telephone circle is only modestly affecting."
A first adult novel from screenwriter and author Ephron (The Girl Who Changed the World, 1993, etc.) blends satire and soap opera to portray three overachieving sisters and their deteriorating father. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WITH THE MERMAID HAIR by Delia Ephron
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Having begun deliberately, the story moves quickly to its satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Ephron pokes fun at the notion that the rich and handsome lead perfect, happy lives. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO CHANGED THE WORLD by Delia Ephron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Thank goodness sibling rivalry isn't always this bad (nor is it so easily dispelled); but the Youngers' feisty cure makes an entertaining romp. (Fiction. 8-11)"
It's war—the younger sibs, fed to the teeth with the hazing they've gotten for as long as they can remember, organize a rebellion led by Violet Sparks, whose particularly obnoxious brother Simon (first seen swatting a juicy fly into Violet's hair while she's performing at a piano recital) becomes hostage and target for revenge: trapped at the Youngers hideout, he's read a list of gruesome deaths before being subjected to several stages of ``Death by Tickling.'' Meanwhile, the Youngers have learned to get the Olders' goats by ignoring their verbal abuse and issuing some of their own, as well as by giving them enough slapstick comeuppances to keep the farcical story moving and prod the Olders toward reform. Read full book review >

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A PLACE CALLED TRINITY by Delia Parr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2002

"Awkwardly written, full of pious speechifying and annoying folksiness."
Well-meaning but meandering story of a 19th-century midwife. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC MIRROR OF THE MERMAID QUEEN by Delia Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"Still, the imaginative rendering of a familiar city populated by fictional characters and magical beings may be enough to entice readers to overlook the inside jokes and broad characterizations. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Sequel to Changeling (2006), the plot of this overlong fantasy is simple: A young human girl who has been raised by a magic white rat and a Pooka must find and return a magical talisman in order to save her Central Park home from danger. Read full book review >

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THE FREEDOM MAZE by Delia Sherman
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Multilayered, compassionate and thought-provoking, a timely read on the sesquicentennial of America's Civil War. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
It's 1960, but on the decayed Fairchild sugar plantation in rural Louisiana, vestiges of a grimmer past remain—the old cottage, overgrown garden maze, relations between white and black races. Read full book review >

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SISTER MOTHER HUSBAND DOG by Delia Ephron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A witty and often profound look at human behavior and all its absurdities, contradictions, obsessions and phobias."
When Ephron's humorous essay "How To Eat Like a Child" appeared in the New York Times Magazine, her first "big success," she knew she had found her calling. In this new collection of essays, she displays that sharply funny and compassionate voice. Read full book review >