Search Results: "Eleanor Taylor"


BOOK REVIEW

DEAD TIME by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 10, 1992

"Far-fetched and sluggish."
An improbably peopled first novel in which the Lincoln Prairie, Illinois, detective team of Marti MacAlister (black/widowed, with two kids/intuitive) and her male partner, Vik Jessenovik (white/gruff/factual), try to solve the murder of an often hospitalized (schizophrenia) young woman, Dorsey, at the Cramer Hotel, a flophouse for social misfits. Read full book review >

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HALF A CREATURE FROM THE SEA by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"This is powerful, top-notch storytelling from Almond, who seems himself to be the titular 'half a creature from the sea,' in that he, as ever, fluidly blends past and future, the living and the dead, the ordinary and the transcendent. (Fiction/memoir. 13 & up)"
Award-winning British novelist Almond (Kit's Wilderness, 1999; The Fire-Eaters, 2004, etc.) offers readers a glimpse into the workings of his alchemical imagination in this collection of eight otherworldly short stories set in his hometown of Felling-on-Tyne.Read full book review >

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DONE WRONG by Eleanor Taylor Bland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 21, 1995

"Crisp action sequences, dirty cops, dogged procedural work, quietly telling family scenes: Marti's fourth appearance (Gone Quiet, 1994, etc.) has it all."
A Chicago narcotics cop's suspiciously fatal fall from the roof of a parking garage rips open Marti MacAlister's three-year- old wounds of grieving for her own husbanda colleague of Julian Cantor's who supposedly ate his gun in a Chicago cemetery. Read full book review >

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THE FURTHER TALE OF PETER RABBIT by Emma Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An outing to which children (like Peter's cousin Benjamin Bunny) will listen with 'particular attention,' done up in a large, decidedly un-Potter-like trim size that's suitable for sharing in a lap or with a group. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Showing his age not a whit, nor having lost his appetite, Peter Rabbit eats his way into a pair of (metaphorical) pickles in this droll comeback. Read full book review >

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NO TROUBLE AT ALL by Sally Grindley
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2001

"A testament to unconditional grandparent love, inventively presented. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Readers will chuckle at the discrepancy between the text—in which Grandfather Bear describes how well-behaved his visiting grandbears are—and the illustrations, which clearly depict the little darlings getting into all sorts of mischief behind his back. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF THE SEA by Kate Baker
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Art, text, and layout create a pleasing combination for a science shelf or a coffee table. (selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
The introduction accurately states that "this book shines a light on a few of the extraordinary creatures that live beneath the waves." Read full book review >

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SEE NO EVIL by Eleanor Taylor Bland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1998

"Bland's blunt honesty about her characters' conflicted emotions makes this the best of Marti's six cases (Keep Still, 1996, etc.) to date, even though individual storylines stay stubbornly distinct."
Halloween week is anything but festive for Det. Marti MacAlister and her partner Vik Jessenovik. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Although Bland accurately notes that the African-American mystery has come a long way in the past ten years, this landmark collection may not dissuade cautious readers from waiting a little longer for an investment-grade anthology."
Twenty-two well- and lesser-known African-American writers tackle the short form—with variable success. Read full book review >

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TELL NO TALES by Eleanor Taylor Bland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 1999

"And for the first time, the domestic side, the more interesting side, of Marti's life fails to get its due."
So there's Detective Marti MacAlister (she's black) enjoying a deliciously snowbound honeymoon at a picture-postcard inn when suddenly the phone rings. Read full book review >

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MY FRIEND THE MONSTER by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Taylor's tale is just about average, but her adorable monster is a winner. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Young Louis finds a big, shaggy surprise in the family's new house. Read full book review >

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BEEP, BEEP, LET’S GO! by Eleanor Taylor
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2005

"Though the ending feels abrupt, youngsters will no doubt enjoy the ride. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A dog family heads to the beach in Taylor's playful outing: "Jump in. Read full book review >

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CHA-CHA CHIMPS by Julia Durango
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"A nice addition for storytimes about monkeys or music. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Deep in the forest, ten little chimps sneak out to Mamba Jamba's for some dancing: "ee-ee-oo-oo-ah-ah-ah! 10 little chimps do the cha-cha-cha." Read full book review >