Search Results: "Elizabeth Laird"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BETRAYAL OF MAGGIE BLAIR by Elizabeth Laird
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2011

"If Maggie sometimes seems oddly naïve for a person of such an age at that time, her point of view will resonate with teenagers today, as will her death-defying journey, her scrappiness and determination in the face of extreme poverty and little love. (Historical fiction. 11-16)"
Sixteen-year-old Maggie lives a poor life in 17th-century Scotland with her Granny, whose ill temper, foul mouth and skills at healing make her an easy target for the witch-hunting church. Read full book review >

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KISS THE DUST by Elizabeth Laird
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"An important contribution to the growing number of refugee stories. (Fiction. 10+)"
Here, Laird, author of a poignant first novel about the effects of a hydrocephalic baby on his family (Loving Ben, 1989), portrays the journey of a Kurdish refugee family—a story based on the real experiences in the mid-80's of Iraqi Kurds now living in England. Read full book review >

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SECRET FRIENDS by Elizabeth Laird
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Short, plain sentences and wide margins may have some appeal for struggling readers, but it'll be hard for them to squeeze out tears when everything happens so cursorily. (Fiction. 11-14)"
From Laird (Kiss the Dust, 1992, etc.), a brief tale of a friend quickly won and lost to a sudden, unexpected death in this British novella. Read full book review >

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PEA BOY by Elizabeth Laird
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A wonderful blend of traditional stories and original art that reflects the customs of this country. (Folktales. 7-10)"
The engaging storyteller, who visited Iran both before and after the Islamic Revolution, gives some historical and political background in her introduction, but her focus is rightly on the people and their tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

This satisfying anthology gathers eight traditional stories, collected from living tellers in a Somali region of Ethiopia. Read full book review >

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BEAUTIFUL BANANAS by Elizabeth Laird
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2004

"This gentle tale will delight young readers (and listeners). (Picture book/folktale. 2-6)"
In the African jungle full of colorful foliage and lush fruit, Beatrice sets off to visit her granddad with a beautiful bunch of bananas. Read full book review >

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SHAHNAMEH by Abolqaesm Ferdowsi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Although there are many stories omitted in this version, this is an excellent starting place to encounter the ancient heroes of Iran. (introduction) (Folklore. 9-11)"
In this adaptation of the Iranian epic, finished in the 11th century by Ferdowsi, the tragic tale of Rustam and Sohrab takes center stage. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"An alarm call, but not alarmist. Less fluently written, but no less valuable, than Ellen Ruppel Shell's Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (2009), which it neatly bookends."
You know the economy is in trouble when you can't find anything for a dollar in a dollar store. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEVERHOME by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Hunt keeps the pace brisk and inserts some new feminist twists into the genre of the Civil War odyssey."
A novel that takes us there and back again, "there" being the Civil War and back again, a farm in Indiana. Read full book review >

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INDIANA, INDIANA by Laird Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"At first glance, this seems to be the worst possible knockoff of 20th-Century Lit 101, but Hunt manages to infuse enough life into these old modernist bones that by the end they dance like a Halloween skeleton."
A mentally disturbed man's attempts to help his institutionalized wife, as related by Hunt (The Impossibly, 2001) in a Faulknerian voice that succeeds better than one would have reason to expect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PARADISE LOST by Laird Stevens
Released: Oct. 22, 2012

"Intimate, reflective and worthy of a thoughtful read; don't rush this one."
A young man struggles to find meaning in his life as he travels between Europe and Canada, finding new loves and new interests along the way in this nonlinear novel. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH FAIRY by Laird Stevens
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 2010

"A unique mystery that could benefit from more action."
In Stevens' debut novel, suicidal Asia McPhee wonders why she wants to take her own life; her dreams may provide the answer. Read full book review >