Search Results: "Gillian Royes"


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THE GOAT WOMAN OF LARGO BAY by Gillian Royes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Despite elements of crime and mystery, Royes' debut is only fitfully thrilling. It's best approached as a charmingly low-key account of how it takes a village to heal a careworn soul."
A newcomer with the social instincts of a wild animal disturbs the considerable peace of an out-of-the-way Jamaican town. Read full book review >

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THE SEA GRAPE TREE by Gillian Royes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2014

"Not to worry: Shad and company will rescue Sarah before the worst happens, and her traumatic experience will enable her to start filling bigger canvases as Royes draws the curtain on the least satisfactory of Shad's three cases."
A third round of trouble in paradise for sleuthing Jamaican bartender Shadrack Myers and his cohort (The Man Who Turned Both Cheeks, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RHYTHM OF THE AUGUST RAIN by Gillian Royes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 28, 2015

"Less mystery than soap opera and less soap opera than chronicle of life-cycle events that cross national, cultural, and generational borders."
Wedding bells ring for Jamaican bartender Shadrack Myers (The Sea Grape Tree, 2014, etc.). Or do they?Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A cozy mystery as social commentary."
Royes (The Goat Woman of Largo Bay, 2011) brings back Shad Myers, bartender and unofficial investigator, to interpret Jamaican culture and the denizens of Largo through fiction. Read full book review >

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JULIA GILLIAN by Alison McGhee
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2008

"A fresh, winsome heroine learns a lesson about facing her fears in this first of an anticipated series. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Nine-year-old Julia Gillian goes out of her way to avoid unhappy endings. Read full book review >

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JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE QUEST FOR JOY)  by Alison McGhee
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Kozjan's energetic pencil-and-ink drawings reveal details of Julia Gillian's troubled but ultimately victorious quest for joy. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this stand-alone sequel to Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing) (2008), the eponymous heroine pretends all is well while her fifth-grade world totters. Read full book review >

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JULIA GILLIAN (AND THE DREAM OF THE DOG) by Alison McGhee
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2010

"Kozjan's frequent drawings (final art not seen) add a cheerful touch. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Now in sixth grade, Julia Gillian copes with her fear of eighth graders, a stubborn third-grade reading buddy as reading-averse as she is and her dog Bigfoot's last illness. Read full book review >

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THE PARTICULAR APPEAL OF GILLIAN PUGSLEY by Susan Örnbratt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2015

"The obsession with, and constant reminder of, all that Gillian is withholding muddies what might otherwise be a charming and evocative love story."
A brief young love and its impact nearly 60 years later are at the core of Örnbratt's debut. Read full book review >

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TEMPERANCE CREEK by Pamela Royes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A modern frontier adventure for nature lovers and armchair travelers alike."
Debut memoir by a woman who turned her back on her "rich and respectable Presbyterian upbringing" to live a simpler life in the Oregon wilderness. Read full book review >

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TILLY'S STAYCATION by Gillian Hibbs
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"There's no place like home, as Dorothy would say. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Although initially disappointed about not getting to travel the way her friends do, Tilly comes to appreciate adventures close to home. Read full book review >

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FROGGY WENT A-COURTIN’ by Gillian Tyler
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Um-hum. (source note) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Tyler highlights the romance in this frilly version of the folk song, following Froggy and Miss Mousie from courtship to honeymoon in pale, finely brushed outdoor scenes captioned in elegant, if low-contrast, gold ink. Read full book review >

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GRANDPA BEAR'S FANTASTIC SCARF by Gillian Heal
ANIMALS
Released: March 15, 1997

"Salubrious thoughts, surely- -charmingly illustrated in watercolor—but the book is an onslaught of lessons rather than a story, and more likely to appeal to adults than to children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Grandpa Bear's Fantastic Scarf (32 pp.; $14.95; Mar. 15, 1997; 1- 885223-41-2): A little bear learns from his wise old grandfather about the weaving of a life—his grandfather's scarf is as long and multicolored as his years in this book. Read full book review >