Search Results: "Elizabeth Crook"


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MONDAY, MONDAY by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2014

"Shelly reflects that '[s]he had never come anywhere near perfection, but had come close to a rightness with herself, through her losses.' So it is with this novel, which, though not quite perfect, is just right: confident and lyrical as it smartly engages terror and its aftermath."
An almost-forgotten massacre at the University of Texas propels an intergenerational tale marked by vivid moments of connection and disconnection, fear and courage. Read full book review >

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THE RAVEN'S BRIDE by Elizabeth Crook
Released: Feb. 20, 1990

In 1829, Governor Sam Houston of Tennessee married Eliza Allen; in that same year, Houston left Nashville for the West—and eventually Texas. Read full book review >

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PROMISED LANDS by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 1994

"Cook hits a flat note on occasion, but too rarely to spoil the harmony."
An engaging historical, by Crook (The Raven's Bride, 1991), that deftly deflates myths about the Texas fight (1835-36) for independence from Mexico, revealing the desperation, poor planning, and grandiose leadership on both sides—and the carnage that resulted. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT JOURNAL by Elizabeth Crook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2006

"A multilayered narrative of impressive historical perspicacity, enriched by the author's loving attention to character."
Reading the journals of her Harvey Girl ancestor sends a young Texas woman back in time to the New Mexico frontier in Crook's warmly drawn novel (Promised Lands, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"An opportunity for American children to see a little-known war through a rarely considered lens. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Written from a Canadian perspective, this well-researched and -documented historical novel offers young readers a fascinating perspective on the events following the American Revolution and leading up to the War of 1812. Read full book review >

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THE SLEEPING AND THE DEAD by Jeff Crook
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 3, 2012

"In a departure from his fantasy Dragonlance series (Dark Thane, 2003, etc.), Crook presents a dark and creepy mystery with a brave but deeply flawed heroine. A promising series kickoff, even though it telegraphs the killer early."
A camera purchased by Jackie Lyons, former Memphis vice detective, photographer and recovering junkie, lands her in the center of a major murder case. Read full book review >

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AVIATRIXES
by Leila Roy

Her birthday, the day she died, the day she first realized she wanted to fly—if we tried, I’m sure that we could make any day into Bessie Coleman day. But today is an especially good pick, because ninety-six years ago, on June 15, 1921, Bessie Coleman earned her pilot’s license—the first African American woman, as well as the first woman ...


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SPILL THE WINE AND TAKE THAT PEARL
by Jennie K.

BOOK REPORT for The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein

Cover Story: Go On, Take The Money and Run
BFF Charm: Yay!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: I Capture the Castle
Bonus Factors: Crumbling Aristocracy, Sweet Ride, History’s Mysteries
Relationship Status: It’s Like Being In Love, Discovering Your Best Friend

Cover Story: Go On, Take The ...


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WHY AM I HERE? by Constance Ørbeck-Nilssen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2016

"This Norwegian import takes young readers seriously, respecting their innate sense of compassion and need to derive meaning from the seemingly inexplicable. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An introspective book that will provoke reflection, particularly in sensitive and observant readers of a philosophical nature. Read full book review >

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NOTORIOUS DISSENSION
by Julie Danielson

Last night at a book club gathering of sorts, a friend of mine, who is the mother of two girls, was asking for picture book recommendations – picture books with a political bent, that is, which she can read to a five-year-old. More specifically, given that she’s nervous about a Trump administration, she wanted her daughter to see good picture ...


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