Search Results: "Francesca Simon"


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SIMON by Richard Kennedy
Released: Feb. 25, 1954

"Historical romance on an old theme, broad enough to give it new life."
England during Cromwell's revolution, and especially that part of Devon which saw the heat of it, backgrounds an adventure of loyalties and plots, highlights a character and vividly paints the issues with which he has to deal. Read full book review >

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SIMON by Alexander Masters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"A rarefied glimpse at bizarre brilliance."
The breezy biography of a highly eccentric mathematician. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2014

"A well-written memoir that offers lessons on understanding and forgiving oneself."
A debut memoir and guidebook to help readers move beyond personal trauma toward self-acceptance. Read full book review >

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AS FRANCESCA by Martha Baer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"In the clear light of print, however, a mediocre style and increasingly flimsy plot distract from the clever premise, leaving a reader unfulfilled and underamused. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Baer's six-month serial for Wired's on-line magazine, Hotwired (where this first-time novelist is executive editor), loses some pizazz in its translation to print as heroine Elaine V. Botsch, corporate cog by day, on-line sex slave by night, travels compulsively back and forth between her mutually enriching worlds. Read full book review >

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HUGO AND THE BULLY FROGS by Francesca Simon
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A funny story, with surprises that will have toddlers giggling. (Picture book. 3-5)"
In a book that shows one kind of conflict resolution, Hugo, a shy frog with a small croak, learns to be more assertive with the help of a duck. Read full book review >

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CALLING ALL TODDLERS by Francesca Simon
Released: March 1, 1999

"An exuberant celebration. (Picture book. 2-5)"
This tribute overflows with the gleeful, impassioned zest that is part and parcel of being a toddler. Read full book review >

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CAMELS DON'T SKI by Francesca Simon
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Readers will enjoy one go-around, but this story from Simon (see review, above) is probably too one-note and simplistic for repeat readings. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Calamity, a camel with a peevish attitude about her life in a caravan, trades in her heavy packs for a colder climate and skis and soon yearns for her former life. Read full book review >

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SAVING FRANCESCA by Melina Marchetta
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Francesca's messy, credible array of emotions and problems will keep readers absorbed to the last, satisfying line. (Fiction. 13+)"
Sparkling dialogue and engaging characters make this Australian import a pleasure to read. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTROUS CHILD by Francesca Simon
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 6, 2017

"Seen from below, the Twilight of the Gods is neither tragic nor noble—it's long overdue. (Fantasy. 12-16)"
Mum's a giantess, Dad's a trickster god, and her brothers are fated to play major roles in ending the world; trapped in her fetid underworld, Hel (aka Goddess of the Dead) has had enough eternity, thanks, and she's about to tell you why. Read full book review >

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SICK SIMON by Dan Krall
by Dan Krall, illustrated by Dan Krall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though the science is not particularly solid, the message is an important one, and with the level of gross in the illustrations, it is sure to get through to young audiences. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Krall's latest is a disgusting, tongue-in-cheek lesson in contagiousness. Read full book review >

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SIMON SAID by Sarah R. Shaber
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 11, 1997

"Still, an accomplished debut."
A first novel set in Raleigh, N.C., where Pulitzer Prizewinner Simon Shaw teaches history at small, prestigious Kenan College, built largely on the estate once owned by the Bloodsworth family—now reduced to a distant cousin and her son Bobby Hinton, a student at Kenan. Read full book review >

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SIMPLE SIMON by Ryne Douglas Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"The Chicago landscape, meantime, is dimly glimpsed, and the climactic, glass-shattering shoot-out on top of the Sears Tower seems lifted from the Die Hard movies. (Film rights to Universal)"
A crowded, violent thriller involving an autistic boy who effortlessly cracks a supposedly unbreakable government communications code—and then becomes the target of murderous villainy from shady Washington spies and a sadistic Japanese hit- woman. Read full book review >