Search Results: "Franny Billingsley"


BOOK REVIEW

CHIME by Franny Billingsley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 17, 2011

"Delicious. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
"I've confessed to everything and I'd like to be hanged. Now, if you please." Read full book review >

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WELL WISHED by Franny Billingsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"For all the novelistic trimmings, Billingsley's debut is a fairy tale, elongated and embellished, but not necessarily improved. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The intersection of magic and reality is somewhat bumpy in this intriguing first novel. Read full book review >

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THE FOLK KEEPER by Franny Billingsley
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This will surely enthrall those who loved Berlie Doherty's Daughter of the Sea (1997). (Fiction. 10-14)"
From Billingsley (Well-Wished, 1997), an inventive and romantic fusion of the selkie tale with that of a nameless, hungry Folk who must be kept at bay. Read full book review >

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BIG BAD BUNNY by Franny Billingsley
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2008

"Underlying the sly fun is a Mama who knows her stuff. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Opening with a point-counterpoint exchange, readers first meet terrifying Big Bad Bunny then see the nurturing Mouse House where Mama's going through comforting naptime rituals with her children. Read full book review >

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FRANNY PARKER by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2009

"Believable dialogue and well-developed characters enhance this promising debut novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A first-person narration recounts Franny's 13th summer, in a drought-stricken Oklahoma town. Read full book review >

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FLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY by Joanne Rocklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"As a historical novel, this more than succeeds; as a fantasy, it misses the mark. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An exceptional flea helps a polio-stricken girl in this tale of friendship and acceptance. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This isn't anything like a blatant grab for Captain Underpants fans, oh no. (Fiction. 7-9)"
An anything-but-subtle tale about learning to get along with others, infused with bathroom humor and featuring a pint-sized Morticia Addams as main character. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2001

"This force-feeding of Franny's nonconformity is enough to make rebellious youngsters want to toe the line, if this is what being a maverick means. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Lerner and Goldhor are so agenda-driven—their message to Be Your Own Person! feels like it's being nailed to your forehead—that their story is more like a lecture, despite the peerless Oxenbury's sweet-hearted illustrations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Still, he indicates important avenues for study, and frames an intelligent approach for addressing the social and economic trauma of black America."
Here, Billingsley (Sociology/Univ. of Maryland; Black Families in White America—not reviewed) challenges the worth of studies of dysfunctional black families. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"Juicy literary history. The Wildes' stories would have silenced the Prince in Romeo and Juliet, who said there 'never was a story of more woe.'"
The little-known Constance Lloyd Wilde had some years of surpassing happiness with her gifted, controversial husband before scandal overwhelmed everything. Read full book review >

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RUMOR CENTRAL by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"A well-constructed take on the pleasures and pitfalls of fame. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a fast-moving mean-girl story with a dash of suspense, a teen television star is asked to dish dirt on her well-connected friends. Read full book review >

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TURNER by Franny Moyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Moyle writes that young Turner was 'an instinctive and tireless networker, massively self-motivated, undeterrable in his determination.' This excellent biography shows the benefits, and the pitfalls, of such single-minded obsession."
He was the finest landscape painter of his time, and he knew it. This new biography explains why. Read full book review >