Search Results: "Fran Parnell"


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GRIM, GRUNT AND GRIZZLE-TAIL by Fran Parnell
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Familiar fairy-tale motifs and folkloric repetition make this a solid choice for newly independent readers. (sources) (Folktale/early reader. 6-10)"
A monster story from Chile, tailor-made for new readers. Read full book review >

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RONA LONG-TEETH by Fran Parnell
retold by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Misses the mark for the intended audience. (sources) (Folktale/early reader. 6-10)"
A Tahitian tale of a monstrous mother. Read full book review >

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THE FEATHERED OGRE by Fran Parnell
retold by Fran Parnell, illustrated by Sophie Fatus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Still, for beginning readers yearning for fantastic alternatives in their reading fare, these will hit the spot. (Early reader/folktale. 5-8)"
The first of four books that comprise a new series of folktales for emerging readers. Read full book review >

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A CLUE FOR THE PUZZLE LADY by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"Heaven for crossword fans, who—ll rejoice over the solve-as-you-go puzzle that eventually reveals the killer for readers whose pens are mightier than their reading glasses."
Cora Felton does like her nip of gin after lunch, or even before lunch, but her neighbors in bucolic Bakerhaven, Conn., are all proud of her reputation as the Puzzle Lady, whose photo accompanies the crosswords syndicated throughout the land. Read full book review >

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$10,000 IN SMALL, UNMARKED PUZZLES by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 31, 2012

"One of the Puzzle Lady's finest hours, faster paced than most, with the obligatory puzzles to help solve the case."
One of the Puzzle Lady's former husbands comes back to haunt her yet again. Read full book review >

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THE SUDOKU PUZZLE MURDERS by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 2008

"The included batch of crosswords and sudoku puzzles may give readers less of a headache than the meandering mystery."
The Puzzle Lady exhibits a new talent and uses her sleuthing expertise to solve some bewildering crimes. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1990

With the pleasing lilt of folklore, a tale about a loving but poor family celebrating Hanukkah. Read full book review >

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PAISLEY GIRL by Fran Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Chaos in fact is the opening and closing note of this mesmerizing dream, leaving readers to mull over the intriguing parallels between start and end."
A gritty, hypnotic debut tale told by a perceptive young woman who suffers from a bizarre disease—mast-cell leukemia, a real-life affliction that the author herself has survived. Read full book review >

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FLIGHT by Fran Dorf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 1992

"Overlong and overladen with flashbacks to the Sixties, but powerfully imagined throughout—a mostly successful stretch from the author of A Reasonable Madness (1990)."
Twenty years after a plunge from an upstate cliff near Woodstock, 40-ish Lana Paluka emerges from a catatonic state to deny that Ethan Skitt—the sullen boyfriend convicted of attempted murder—could have wanted to push her. Read full book review >

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A PUZZLE IN A PEAR TREE by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 3, 2002

"Cora's indifference to proper holiday spirit and everyday civility saves the day as she untangles tinsel and public charades: overall, less abrasive and more amusing than her previous outings (Puzzled to Death, 2001, etc.)."
Merry Christmas from the Puzzle Lady, Cora Felton, whose sweet face fronts the undercover crossword construction of her niece Sherry Carter and masks her own year-round Bah Humbug spirit. Read full book review >

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ACTOR by Parnell Hall
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1993

"Middling for the series."
Ambulance-chasing shamus and long-ago amateur thespian Stanley Hastings (Juror, Shot, etc.) runs up to Connecticut to help out his old college friend Herbert Drake by taking over the role of Bluntschli, in Arms and the Man, from the late Walter Penbridge. Read full book review >