Search Results: "Gary Crew"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMA’S BABIES by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"The story may be every bit as grim as the cover illustration promises, but loose ends and a fairy-tale conclusion spoil its effectiveness. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Crew draws from actual 19th-century cases for this chilling but clumsily told tale of a murderous foster mother. Read full book review >

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NO SUCH COUNTRY by Gary Crew
FICTION
Released: June 30, 1994

"Crew also explored the effects of racial violence in Strange Objects (1993); here, he develops that theme on a more obviously symbolic level. (Fiction. YA)"
The title may be a literal translation of ``utopia,'' but the isolated Australian fishing village of New Canaan is anything but- -as Rachel and Sarah, two teenaged residents, and Sam, a visiting student, discover. Read full book review >

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ANGEL'S GATE by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Riveting. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Crew (No Such Country, 1994, etc.) jumps right into the action as a doctor's son watches the police usher a captured ``wild child'' into his father's office. Read full book review >

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STRANGE OBJECTS by Gary Crew
FICTION
Released: May 28, 1993

"Still, for anyone who's interested in literature or history, there's much here to ponder. (Fiction. YA)"
A supernatural mystery of a high order—named Australia's ``Best Children's Book for Older Readers'' in 1991—looks into that country's sometimes brutal relations with its indigenous people, challenging readers to interpret the past anew. Read full book review >

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THE WATERTOWER by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 1998

"It may be hard to coax middle graders back into a picture book, but they will certainly give themselves a shiver or two in these pages. (Picture book. 9-11)"
For older readers, a genuinely eerie picture book, which Crew (Bright Star, 1997, etc.) and Woolman have constructed as a kind of puzzle. Read full book review >

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BRIGHT STAR by Gary Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Spudvilas's glowing oil paintings capture Alicia's expressions, conveying, with the text, a message of affirmation. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Alicia, growing up in the 19th century on an Australian dairy farm, rankles at the restrictions placed on girls. Read full book review >

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PIG ON THE TITANIC by Gary Crew
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Capped by a closing note and a later photo of the pig, and owner Edith Rosenbaum, this, like Daisy Spedden's more detailed Polar the Titanic Bear (1996), lends the historical catastrophe immediacy for younger audiences while downplaying its horrific aspects. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Not a living pig, but a musical toy carried on board by a passenger, Maxixe (pronounced "Mash-eesh," though readers are left to look that up for themselves) describes how its simple dance tune helped to keep up the spirits of a lifeboat full of children through that tragic "night to remember." Read full book review >

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NEKOMAH CREEK CHRISTMAS by Linda Crew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Once again, the Hummers are winners. (Illustrations, not seen) (Fiction. 8-12)"
Robby Hummer (Nekomah Creek, 1991, etc.) is now a year older and has a better teacher; and his small Oregon community is no longer questioning his parents' domestic arrangements (happy-go- lucky Dad is in charge of the rambunctious three-year-old twins, while artist Mom works outside the home). Read full book review >

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ABRAHAM'S BURDEN by Joseph Crew
Released: Jan. 5, 2009

"Flawed but promising stab at crafting a telling mystery."
Crew's debut novel deftly explores the Native American experience in Washington State but stumbles in its attempt to unite identity politics with elements of the police procedural and courtroom drama. Read full book review >

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ORDINARY MIRACLES by Linda Crew
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"As an empathetic portrait intended to amuse, this misses the boat—a surprise, considering the writer's demonstrated talent."
Crew, accomplished author of complex YA fiction, proves less adept with this simplistic adult debut featuring an infertile Oregon woman determined to give birth. Read full book review >

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A MURDER IN MALTA by Ann Crew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"An often compelling, if slow-paced, excursion through exotic locales featuring unusual, complex characters."
A security adviser to a hotel magnate unravels an intricate case on the Mediterranean archipelago of Malta in this first of a planned series of mysteries. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An occasionally uneven but emotionally engaging story of one woman's struggle to survive and recover after falling through the cracks of the health care system."
Crew (A Heart for Any Fate, 2015, etc.) shares an agonizing account of prescription drug dependence and withdrawal in this memoir.Read full book review >