Search Results: "Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop"


BOOK REVIEW

DECEMBER by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2008

"A surfeit of elitist sensitivity undermines the novel's genuine intelligence and sensory delights."
At the center of Winthrop's latest (Fireworks, 2006), which concerns a Manhattan family in crisis, is an abnormally sensitive, artistic and bright 11-year-old girl who has not spoken a word in nine months. Read full book review >

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THE WHY OF THINGS by Elizabeth Hartley Winthrop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"Winthrop's novel is tender and true, and if it slows at times, in the end it reveals a quiet beauty."
A somber novel about the effects of suicide on a family and the secret wounds that become memorials. Read full book review >

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COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2006

"Solid research and lively writing make this a fine historical novel, a perfect companion to Russell Freedman's Kids at Work (1994). (about Lewis Hine, the story behind the photograph, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Grace is proud to be one of the best readers at school, but she's pulled out to be a doffer at the mill, her parents happy to have the extra money coming in. Read full book review >

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ISLAND JUSTICE by Elizabeth Winthrop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 1998

"Add a loose-end—tying finale in which a wounded dog recovers and people get the partners they desire, and what you have is a pretty conventional melodrama after all."
The interconnected lives and loves of a Maine island's summer and off-season people are explored with engaging warmth in a rather loose, baggy chronicle, from the author of numerous books for children and one previous adult novel, In My Mother's House (1988). Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE FOR THE CASTLE by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"Accessible, well told, and entertaining. (Fiction. 8- 12)"
Now that William is 12, housekeeper Mrs. Phillips—who, two years ago, gave him the Castle in the Attic (1985), where they shared an adventure before she went home to England—sends William the magic token he believed she had destroyed. Read full book review >

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SQUASHED IN THE MIDDLE by Elizabeth Winthrop
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2005

"Sure to hit the mark with the middle child in everyone. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An ignored middle child takes matters into her own hands and teaches her family how to listen in this humorous domestic drama. Read full book review >

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AS THE CROW FLIES by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 20, 1998

"A poignant book that takes an upbeat approach to an inherently bad (from a child's perspective) situation. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From Winthrop (The Little Humpbacked Horse, 1997, etc.), a look at joint custody through the eyes of second-grader Michael, who talks to his father in Delaware via cordless phone while riding his bike in front of his Arizona home, where he lives with his mother. Read full book review >

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BEAR'S CHRISTMAS SURPRISE by Elizabeth Winthrop
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"A warm story with endearing characters, nicely extended in the sympathetic illustrations in holiday colors. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In Bear and Mrs. Duck (1988), the appealingly childlike toy reluctantly made friends with a new babysitter; by now, Mrs. Duck is an old friend. Read full book review >

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MAIA AND THE MONSTER BABY by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2012

"No monstrous creativity here, but fanciful fun as friends adapt to their new family roles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Maia and her lovable monster delight each night in spirited play until they lose their status as their parents' only offspring. Read full book review >

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DANCING GRANNY by Elizabeth Winthrop
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Lighthearted and fun, Winthrop's whimsical tale will set little toes to tapping. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A grandmother in purple sneakers and a waltzing bear trip the light fantastic. Read full book review >

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PROMISES by Elizabeth Winthrop
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 17, 2000

"The hopeful ending highlights a philosophy of living that offers reassurance rather than a clear-cut answer to Sarah's questions about the future. (Fiction. 4-8)"
Sarah's emotions run the gamut from fear to anger when her mother begins treatment for cancer. Read full book review >