Search Results: "Fiona McFarlane"


BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT GUEST by Fiona McFarlane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A pleasurable novel, with turns of plot and phrase both startling and elegant."
An enrapturing debut novel that toys with magical realism while delivering a fresh fable. Read full book review >

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THE HIGH PLACES by Fiona McFarlane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"It's hard to feel warmth from these stories; passions are mitigated or tamped down. But the writing is clever and skillful in spades."
In her debut short story collection, McFarlane (The Night Guest, 2013) limns the hidden spaces of relationships. Read full book review >

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SACRED MYTHS by Marilyn McFarlane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Stick with more focused collections, such as Virginia Hamilton's In The Beginning (1988). (glossary, pronunciation guide, further reading) (Anthology. 9-12)"
Subtitled ``Stories of World Religions,'' this is a flashy but piecemeal collection of 35 short myths, legends, and folktales, all drawn from—or shoehorned into—seven living traditions, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, generic Native American, and Sacred Earth, the ``Earth-centered movement that has developed in the late twentieth century [called variously] Paganism, Neo-Paganism, Wicca, Goddess Religion, Eco-Feminism, New Age Spirituality, the Old Tradition. . . . '' Every creed is introduced with an account of its history and values, plus a characteristic version of the Golden Rule, followed by retellings of incidents from the lives of its prophets and leaders, and well-known episodes from its literature or tradtions. Read full book review >

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PLAYTIME by Fiona Lee
by Fiona Lee, illustrated by Fiona Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Skip. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Seven classic finger rhymes and songs form the text of this board book. Read full book review >

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NOKO’S SURPRISE PARTY by Fiona Moodie
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"While the conflict is resolved a bit too quickly, the rich setting adds a unique angle to this conventional tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Takadu is on a mission to collect enough figs for the surprise party for his dear porcupine buddy, Noko. Read full book review >

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WANTED: THE PERFECT PET by Fiona Roberton
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"Extremely entertaining, with lots of warmth at its heart. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Henry wants a dog. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"First published in Britain, this mildly amusing compendium may find its audience, but doesn't have much in the way of attitude, really. (Fractured fairy tales. 5-9)"
A candyfloss collection of six fairy tales, whose punning titles may echo more familiar stories but whose texts have another agenda. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"But her turnabout and subsequent actions feel too abrupt to be real, and while the book has the outward trappings of Judaism, it lacks the spirituality underneath. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Determined to "take eighth-grade by social storm" by finally becoming a member of the elite crowd, 13-year-old Stacy Friedman leaps for the heavens and falls flat on her toches. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

Macdonald (First Facts About the Ancient Romans, 1997, etc.) attempts to explain past history through the experiences of children from various cultures and time periods, noting that the details of their lives did not always merit recording or preserving: "They had little money and hardly any power, so few writers or artists thought it worthwhile to record their lives." Read full book review >

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A GREEK TEMPLE by Fiona Macdonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
In the ``Inside Story'' series, a detailed look at the Parthenon—its historical setting (built not only to honor Athena but to provide work for former soldiers after the Persian Wars); its design, construction, and architectural details; its uses and subsequent history. Read full book review >