Search Results: "Gail Watts"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"If shared one on one as a jumping-off point for discussion, some Asperger children may find this effort amusing, but it's a poor choice otherwise. (foreword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this Australian import, Kevin, a grade schooler with Asperger Syndrome takes the world too literally, a problem depicted in brief language and simple illustrations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Like pirate radio itself: worth tuning in to, but in the end the signal's too weak."
A journalist looks back on her adventures in the outlaw world of low-power radio during the '90s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Gail Force by Robert Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A consistently entertaining and self-assured crime thriller."
A private investigator attempts to infiltrate a blackmail ring, with the assistance of the FBI. Read full book review >

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THE WONDERFUL TOWERS OF WATTS by Patricia Zelver
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"The book is sure to engender interest in his achievement. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-10)"
How the Italian immigrant Simon Rodia spent decades building the renowned towers next to his bungalow in ``a poor neighborhood that was half town, half country, outside the city limits of Los Angeles.'' The employee of a tile company, ``Old Sam'' used broken tile and bottles, mirrors, shells, and a miscellany of found objects to surface fantastical shapes, ``a lacy web of steel, covered with a skin of concrete.'' Though her simple narrative is short on such specifics as dates, Zelver conveys the wonder and mystery of his long labors, concluded at the age of 80. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND? by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Listeners who enjoy old-fashioned animal stories will appreciate Watts' gentle, whimsical tone, pastoral setting and sweet conclusion, but for many, time spent poring over the pictures will be more rewarding—and enjoyable. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small group of anthropomorphized woodland creatures have a mild adventure and make a new friend (sort of) in this low-key tale. Read full book review >

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THE SMALLEST SNOWFLAKE by Bernadette Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"If the concept is more than a bit twee, the geography inconsistent and the ending downright sappy, the pictures are imbued with their own quiet magic. (Picture book. 4-7)"
High above the geese, the snowflakes discuss where they will go. Read full book review >

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HARVEY HARE, POSTMAN EXTRAORDINAIRE by Bernadette Watts
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1997

"What powers this book, though, are the unpretentious, elegant illustrations; Watts captures the moods of the seasons and provides the right measure of drama to prevent the story from becoming a treacly salute. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Harvey Hare embodies all the traits that make letter carriers such bricks: Nature can't throw anything at him to prevent the swift completion of his appointed rounds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STONECUTTER by Leander Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2002

"In the end, there's lots of atmosphere, but little story here. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A young journeyman stonecutter becomes entangled in a web of emotions he cannot begin to navigate when he accepts a job from a mysterious man in this rather pointless gothic meditation set in 1835. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CONS by Timothy Watts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Despite the heavy influences, it's clear that Watts has talent to spare—and if he can find his own writing road, he could drive right into the winner's circle."
Smooth-running, finely tuned first crime novel—by a professional car mechanic. Read full book review >

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Marcel Malone by Lew Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2016

"A slow, but ultimately rewarding tale of a lonely psychologist and her poetic client."
A novel examines a clinical psychologist, the healing power of verse, and a journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KIZZY ANN STAMPS by Jeri Watts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"The vivid historical setting of this short and satisfying read will leave readers feeling they have experienced life in Kizzy Ann's world. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
With the abundance of stories about a boy and his dog, it's refreshing to see a tale of a girl and her dog. Read full book review >