Search Results: "Franny Billingsley"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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A FAMILY AFFAIR by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2013

"An overwrought novel from Billingsley (the author's previous books include Say Amen, Again, NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction) that will nonetheless please fans."
Bernard Wells is an adulterer. Enraged that he fathered their live-in nanny's child, Adele Wells casts not him but his child and the nanny out of the mansion. She may be ruthless and melodramatic, but Adele can't stop fate from re-uniting the family. Read full book review >