Search Results: "Deni Y. Béchard"


BOOK REVIEW

VANDAL LOVE by Deni Y. Béchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Reportedly at work on a book about conservation in the Congolese rainforest, the author clearly has ambitions as big as his talent, but readers of this lyrical novel will hope he gets back to fiction soon."
Even better than his simultaneously published memoir (Cures for Hunger), Béchard's haunting first novel follows three generations that can't find a home in this world. Read full book review >

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CURES FOR HUNGER by Deni Y. Béchard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"A poignant but rigorously unsentimental account of hard-won maturity."
Béchard (Vandal Love, 2006) comes to terms with the painful legacy of his father, a suicide at 56. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Béchard's adventurous travels in the Congo offer spice to this rich, complex account."
Journalist Béchard (Cures for Hunger: A Memoir, 2012, etc.), a foreign correspondent familiar with war zones, probes beneath headlines describing the Congo as "a country of such inhumanity that we find it incomprehensible" and finds another, more hopeful reality. Read full book review >

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INTO THE SUN by Deni Ellis Béchard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Despite an overly convoluted plot, this is an insightful and affecting look into the lives of those who risk everything to help the people of Afghanistan and tell their stories."
How living in Afghanistan profoundly affected a group of friends. Read full book review >

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THE DOG WHO SAVED SANTA by Y Kelley
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 15, 2008

"Though it's a little strange to see an adolescent slacker Santa, Kelley pulls it off with her droll humor in both text and illustrations, aided by a memorable canine character—who's not done reforming holiday icons yet. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this unusual holiday interpretation, Santa is a young and callow fellow who doesn't really care about getting the job done on Christmas Eve. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A moving record of young people rising at a pivotal historical moment, based on original interviews and archival research as well as published sources. (photos, timeline, endnotes, multimedia resource lists) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
Triumph and tragedy in 1963 "Bombingham," as children and teens pick up the flagging civil rights movement and give it a swift kick in the pants. Read full book review >

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THE KEY TO BRAHA by Bryan Perro
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"Perhaps readers of the first in the series will want to continue on, but this effort neither stands alone nor compels. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In the second of the series, 12-year-old Amos unwittingly takes on a hazardous mission: He's killed so he can pass into and fix a netherworld crowded with dead souls who aren't being permitted to pass on to their appointed fates. Read full book review >

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ON THE RUN by Clara Bourreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"This glimpse of existential amorality will leave readers with much to think about. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Resentful that he didn't know his father was in jail, Anthony determines to stick with him after he escapes, running away with him to the seaside at Nantes. Read full book review >

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THE MASK WEARER by Bryan Perro
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Occasionally complicated names aside, it's best considered training wheels for fantasy readers. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Chucking in characters, incidents and motifs from various mythologies and folktale traditions, Perro opens his Amos Daragon series—which runs to 12 volumes in the original French—with early exploits of his trickster hero against a brutal but stupid overlord (" ‘I'm boiling water for dinner, my good lord. Read full book review >

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Bullet in the Wall by Ernest Y. Cox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 14, 2014

"Old school, much like John's newspaper, though its triumph owes more to the author's competent voice than simple nostalgia."
In Cox's debut thriller, a small-town newspaperman questions the validity of a big-city developer's most recent land acquisition, leading to murder and a frame-up. Read full book review >

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THE RED QUEEN DIES by Frankie Y. Bailey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Bailey (Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave, 2011, etc.) has done better work."
Bailey's Future Lite procedural leads detectives through the past in search of a killer's motives. Read full book review >