Search Results: "Franny Moyle"


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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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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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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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THE HISTORY OF NOW by Daniel Klein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2009

"Absorbing, nevertheless, though the novel never lives up to the promise of its vivid early chapters and enormously appealing characters."
How the past influences what follows, and how self-understanding inspires broader comprehension of all things: These are the themes of this gently philosophical family chronicle, the first volume of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER INVITATION by Charlotte Silver
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 20, 2014

"This slender, slice-of-summer story may move at a languid pace, but it has charm to burn and will appeal to readers who appreciate a romantic aesthetic. (Fiction. 12-18)"
San Franciscans Franny Lord, 14, and her older sister, Valentine, 17, receive an invitation to spend a summer in their honorary aunt's Greenwich Village apartment under the tutelage of Clover Leslie, a 28-year-old "sculptress" who acts as their chaperone and guide. Read full book review >