Search Results: "Frances Hill"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BUG CEMETERY by Frances Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"Newcomer Hill never tries to soft-pedal the burn of death, but she goes a long way toward giving young readers a sense of balance in celebrating life while the Grim Reaper goes about his work. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Bug funerals are one thing, but when a family pet has to be buried, the children in this tale learn to take pleasure in those still living as they experience their first loss of a loved one. Read full book review >

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FRANCES FITZGERALD
by Gregory McNamee

A century ago, if you had said that evangelical Christianity would one day emerge as a leading political force in America, you might have met incredulity or even ridicule. Such belief was widely seen as a throwback to the old days of snake handling and speaking in tongues. Didn’t Clarence Darrow prove definitively, after all, in a Tennessee courtroom that ...


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FAVORITES OF 2016 - PART TWO
by Leila Roy

Last week, I started my annual roundup of favorite books of the year with my standout reads from January to March.

Today, I’ll be looking at April through June.

Let’s jump right in!

April: The Lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge

While I don’t know if I’ve ever been able to name a NUMBER ONE FAVORITE BOOK of any given year ...


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NEW BOOKS I'M WATCHING FOR IN MAY 2017
by Leila Roy

Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!

Here are thirteen of them:

It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura

Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LET'S LOOK AT DINOSAURS by Frances Barry
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2011

"Dinosaurs, pop-ups and flaps to lift—what could be better? (Picture book. 2-5)"
Barry's latest interactive text appeals to the youngest of dinosaur aficionados, presenting them with some very basic facts about how dinosaurs lived. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLE TOY SHOP by Frances Wolfe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Wolfe's oil paintings far exceed her text, as her attractive illustrations exhibit sophisticated perspectives, appealing human characters and a dear little bunny who deserves better narration. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This overlong and too-sentimental story is set in a toy shop owned by a gentle, white-haired man named Mr. Kringle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHAMOO by Ros Hill
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Tongues will definitely mooooove into cheeks for this going-away-then-coming-back tale. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Holstein meets Humpback in this offbeat take on a familiar theme. Read full book review >

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MISS MOON by Janet Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Enchanting for dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Twenty succinct bits of advice for living are accompanied by whimsical oil paintings of an English governess and her canine charges. Read full book review >

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COUNTING COLORFUL SHAPES by Isabel Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"While not a child's first counting book, it is a beautiful one and an inspiration to caregivers to help their children find shapes in their own neighborhoods. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Close-up photographs of architectural details give young readers a counting challenge. Read full book review >

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URBAN ANIMALS by Isabel Hill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Photographer Hill takes readers on an engaging tour of New York City's architectural animals, from a handsome snake twining around some brickwork on the side of a building to an alligator beginning a climb up a small skyscraper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WELL WITCHED by Frances Hardinge
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2008

"Vivid and imaginative. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A fascinating premise, atmospheric description and a collection of quirky characters combine in this British import. Read full book review >