Search Results: "Donna Carrick"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 26, 2009

"Enjoyably complicated plots with some well-depicted characters."
A complex mystery with multiple plots and a host of intriguing characters. Read full book review >

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THE BATHTUB PRIMA DONNA by Anne Brouillard
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Brouillard's illustrations are gems: a beckoning village square, a storm of operatic dimensions, and an unforgettable songbird. (Picture book. 4-8)"
This fine little enchantment from Brouillard follows the consequences of a prima donna discovering the tap will issue no water for her morning bath. Read full book review >

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THE TEMPTING OF THOMAS CARRICK by Stephanie Laurens
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Highly recommended."
A straight-laced Glasgow businessman is drawn back into clan politics and a romance with a woman from a neighboring estate. Read full book review >

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HOOPI SHOOPI DONNA by Suzanne Strempek Shea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"Until the ludicrous finale, when Betty's sister Aniela, a Donna look-alike from Poland, appears and offers a highly implausible rationale for Donna's father's inexcusable behavior, this is a sometimes rollicking, sometimes heartbreaking, effectively quirky read. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A worthy follow-up (titled after the American pronunciation of a Polish polka) to Shea's promising debut (Selling the Lite of Heaven, 1994); again, the author captures the spirit of an insular Polish-Catholic community and homes in on one unforgettable family. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF DONNA-MAY DEAN by Joey Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1991

"Though sometimes slick—and though Keller's stories are not nearly the hoot Manley seems to think they are—this is an honest portrayal of not only small-town homosexuality but also of generational conflict."
A promising first novel that chronicles homosexual life in small-town Alabama—in particular, the coming of age of Jamie, who rejects the camp-riddled life of his storytelling mentor for realism. Read full book review >

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DONNA ROSE AND THE ROOTS OF EVIL by Norma Tadlock Johnson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 2009

"The bourgeoning romance between Johnson's delightful older sleuths (Donna Rose and the Slug War, 2005) is likely to make them even more popular with the cozy crowd."
The murder of an inept and unpopular police chief leaves a pair of amateur sleuths in charge. Read full book review >

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THE POLAR BEARS ARE HUNGRY by Carol Carrick
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"A good choice for the classroom, where teachers can explain the context, but likely to confuse younger listeners. (Fiction. 4-7)"
A confusing ending mars this otherwise attractive repeat collaboration between Carrick and her son Paul (Mothers Are Like That, 2000). Read full book review >

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BIG OLD BONES by Carol Carrick
Released: March 20, 1989

The Carricks' third imaginative picture book involving the most popular of subjects. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Part thriller, part legal primer, and full of trenchant drama and personalities, this book should be mandatory reading for all congressional representatives pondering how they'll vote on the future of the tobacco industry in America. (16 pages b&w photos)"
An eye-opening look at the news behind the news in America's landmark legal pursuit of Big Tobacco. Read full book review >

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WATCH OUT FOR WOLFGANG by Paul  Carrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Further, while the traditional porcine tale's moral lauds the value of hard work and logic, the message implied by Dudley's victory—be yourself and you will defeat the wolves at your door—is undermined by the equally singular Rod and Slick's undoing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Who's afraid of the big bad recycler? Read full book review >

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UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE by Carol Carrick
Released: Sept. 20, 1999

"Although the book suffers from a pat ending and the black-and-white sketches emphasize the bleakness of the topic, this title is a notch above pure bibliotherapy and will fill a special niche for children struggling to deal with the trauma of parental sickness and death. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Carrick (Melanie, 1996, etc.) sensitively explores the pain of a parent's death through the eyes, feelings, and voice of a nine-year-old boy whose world turns upside down when his father becomes terminally ill with cancer. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2005

"Magical realism from cover to cover. (notes, biographical timeline, suggested reading) (Historical fiction. 12+)"
Two children briefly enter the magical world of surrealistic painter Frida Kahlo in this latest title of the Art Encounters series. Read full book review >