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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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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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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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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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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THE SECRET SPIRAL by Gillian Neimark
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2011

"Tedious, frustrating and utterly impenetrable. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Mathematics, humor and fantasy just don't add up in this awkward, misguided effort. Read full book review >

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LOOK! by Gillian Wolfe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"However, art selection (Picasso, Hockney, Rembrandt, van Gogh) is excellent (notable exception: Rousseau's racially inappropriate Tropical Landscape—An American Indian Struggling with an Ape), and readers will savor the striking artwork. (index, art reference) (Nonfiction. 6-10)"
Gorgeous reproductions are forced to work within a detrimentally narrow concept. Read full book review >

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SOMEWHERE IN BLUE by Gillian Cummings
CLASSICS
Released: May 15, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Sandy Rawlins, depressed and skipping school after her father's recent death from cancer, can't help but notice that her mother, Vivian, is eager to get rid of his possessions and move on with her life too quickly. Read full book review >

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IMMORTAL by Gillian Shields
Released: May 1, 2009

"The door is left open for a sequel, but with so much worthwhile source material to read instead, readers will ask, why? (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Evie, a motherless and lonely scholarship student at the very posh Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies somewhere on unspecified moors of England, pursues a furtive and resolutely chaste late-night romance with Sebastian, whose good looks, dark moods, manipulative behavior and anachronistic speech will remind readers of Twilight's Edward Cullen. Read full book review >

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THE CARVED BOX by Gillian Chan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A well-knit, outdoorsy tale. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A young orphan's dog turns out to be considerably more than she seems in this Canadian wilderness tale set in the years following the American Revolution. Read full book review >

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OXFORD FIRST BOOK OF ART by Gillian Wolfe
Released: Nov. 29, 1999

"Large, attractive reproductions invite readers to linger over the pages. (index) (Nonfiction. 5-10)"
More than anything else, this introduction to art explains how to look at art by asking simple questions about what is shown, in order to understand what an artist is trying to communicate. Read full book review >