Search Results: "Donna Kristine Manley"


BOOK REVIEW

Resumes for Children 17 Years Old and Under by Donna Kristine Manley
Released: June 7, 2006

"An intriguing guide that asserts that it's never too early to start documenting one's talents and achievements."
According to Manley's debut collection, even 6-year-olds can begin shaping resumes for future success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE COCKFIGHTER by Frank Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Strong and fine."
Poet and storywriter Manley's (Within the Ribbons, not reviewed) debut novel—a rural father-son coming-of-ager—could easily have fallen prey to the maudlin and familiar, but it rises soaringly above both, thanks to its author's wonderful timing, eye, ear—and heart. ``The boy,'' as he's namelessly known, is almost 13, and his father, a raiser of fighting birds, has not only given his son the prize cock of the batch but has offered him his first chance to ``handle'' it in an actual cockfight. 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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Tall Omaha by Kristine Oakhurst
Released: June 16, 2014

"A promising YA fiction debut from an equestrian expert."
An abused teenage girl and a discarded thoroughbred endure hardships in this first novel of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >

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TRUE HOPE by Frank Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The discoveries Manley makes in Al about hope and resilience are not only quietly credible, but also give a heat that fires all the characters, no matter how self-interested, with a common humanity and a flash of noble purpose."
Another poignant, psychologically probing tale from one of the brightest new lights of southern fiction: here, Manley borrows the name and mood of his debut novel (The Cockfighter, 1998) but is more concerned with finding the root of optimism in a man battered by death, prison, and betrayal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALICE IN TUMBLR-LAND by Tim Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Not as poignant as Bill Willingham's Fables series, but a cool, PG-13 revisiting of classic stories. For readers who grew up with the Internet, they may strike a chord."
Fairy-tale princes and princesses get a postmodern makeover in this wry but slight reimagining. Read full book review >

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THE CRANE GIRL by Curtis Manley
Kirkus Star
adapted by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Lin Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"More from this team would be a welcome addition to folk-tale collections. (pronunciation guide, author's notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 4-10)"
A popular Japanese folk tale in which a crane pays back an obligation by becoming human is retold with an unusual ending and with haiku-sprinkled prose. Read full book review >

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IF THIS IS HOME by Kristine Scarrow
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 18, 2017

"Trials and tragedy with a happy ending for nearly all, a comfort read for teens. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Jayce has coped with too much adult responsibility, with her mom raising the 16-year-old and her 4-year-old sister alone, barely scraping by. Read full book review >

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SHAWN LOVES SHARKS by Curtis Manley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Fun, quirky obsessions nurtured and celebrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shawn knows just about everything there is to know about sharks, but friendship proves a little trickier to grasp in Manley and Subisak's collaboration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEERS by Kristine Bowe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"The ending suggests there's more to come, and both the strong cast and intriguing premise hold promise for sequels—if the author can manage them without, as here, running out of steam. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
In a tale that is electrifying until suddenly going dead, a fiery-tempered teenager who can read and alter memories discovers that she's being played. Read full book review >

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HOW TO LOVE AN AMERICAN MAN by Kristine Gasbarre
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Chick-lit-alicious."
In this fun but also moving debut memoir, Gasbarre tells the story of how she "boomeranged" back home to help care for the newly widowed grandmother who unexpectedly became her "ideal relationship guru." Read full book review >