Search Results: "Gemma Townley"


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WHEN IN ROME... by Gemma Townley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Dopey first outing by Sophie Kinsella's sister."
Top stories in today's news: to meet a hungry world's growing demand for chick-lit plots, scientists have announced the cloning of an embryonic heroine who is cute, fluffy, clueless, and never grows up . . . . Read full book review >

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING MARRIED by Gemma Townley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"Chipper Cinderella tale for the modern woman."
Boring Brit remakes herself to snag a hubby and land a fortune. Read full book review >

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A BITTER MAGIC by Roderick Townley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Plenty of magic, a touch of romance, an appealing heroine, and a talking lobster lighten Townley's tale of deadly sibling jealousy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
After Cisley's mother disappears into the shards of a black mirror during her illusion act, the 12-year-old must discover her own powers to learn whether her mother is alive and how to find her. Read full book review >

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MONTY'S MAGNIFICENT MANE by Gemma O'Neill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The tried-and-true fable about curbing vanity and appreciating friends enjoys a fresh touch with these ebullient African animals. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A lion named Monty is so proud of his mane that he nearly causes disaster for himself and his little meerkat friends. Read full book review >

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THE COW WHO CLIMBED A TREE by Gemma Merino
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"An outrageously silly story that celebrates the value of creative thinking and taking chances. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Tina the curious cow learns how to fly from a dragon, her sisters think she's gone too far! Read full book review >

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THE SHEEP WHO HATCHED AN EGG by Gemma Merino
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"Merino's airy style reflects the light message of the book: celebrate yourself and enjoy your imperfections. (Picture book. 3-8)"
One vain sheep with a gorgeous head of hair plus an egg that needs a place to hatch equals a dandy tale of self-acceptance. Read full book review >

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THE RED THREAD by Roderick Townley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 6, 2007

"Captivating and shivery. (Fantasy. YA)"
A tangled mystery leads 16-year-old Dana to tangled emotions, some of which aren't her own, even though they are. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"An inspirational yet grueling read that demonstrates the price some paid for patriotism in a different era and another unpopular war."
Grim account of the torture and isolation suffered by U.S. airmen taken prisoner in North Vietnam. Read full book review >

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INTO THE LABYRINTH by Roderick Townley
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"This is all done in vivid, sparkling language, and knowing readers will see references to everything from TV's Jay Leno to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. (Fiction. 10+)"
Princess Sylvie, the plucky and brave heroine of The Great Good Thing (2001), returns to adventures old and new in this brilliantly imagined sequel. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT GOOD THING by Roderick Townley
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: May 1, 2001

"With inspiration from Lewis Carroll to The Truman Show and The Purple Rose of Cairo, Townley has created that most impossible thing: a book beloved from the first page. (Fiction. 10+)"
Enchantment rules: the power of story; the uses of dream and memory; and the eternal childhood question of where beloved characters live when their book is closed are just some of the skeins of this utterly winning book. Read full book review >

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THE RESISTANCE by Gemma Malley
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Here's hoping the nicely set-up sequel has a more delicate touch. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
In Anna and Peter's world, medically created immortality has made most childbirth illegal, according to this unsubtle but worthwhile and tension-packed sequel. Read full book review >

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PLAY NICE by Gemma Halliday
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2012

"Halliday (Deadly Cool, 2011, etc.) combines investigation with the inevitable romance for a mystery that's enjoyably by the book."
A former assassin can't seem to hide from her past. Read full book review >