Search Results: "Gloria Whelan"


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GLORIA by Kerry Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 16, 2013

"Not quite a love story and not quite a feminist bouquet, but a well-seasoned hybrid."
The hoodlum and the whore: Those labels are accurate but inadequate for the title characters of Young's debut Pao (2011) and this lively companion piece; both are set in mid-20th-century Jamaica. Read full book review >

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GLORIA by Mark Coovelis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Spare and febrile, this canny debut can't resist the lure of the middlebrow clichÇs it eventually skewers."
Egged on by an ambitious journalist, a grieving brother searches for the truth about his late sister—a murder victim and perhaps a murderer too. Read full book review >

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GLORIA by Keith Maillard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A meticulously observed, immensely satisfying finale."
The West Virginia-born Maillard (now a resident of Vancouver) wraps up a trilogy (Light in the Company of Women, 1994; Hazard Zones, 1996) with the kind of big, stubbornly old-fashioned narrative that was a publisher's bread-and-butter in the 1940s and '50s. Read full book review >

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SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"National Book Award winner Whelan's characters are more types than people, and there is little of the flavor of the subcontinent in this overstuffed, occasionally pleasant tale of a plucky young woman in Raj-era India. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
With her father away fighting Turks and her mother so often "under the weather," still grieving over long-dead son Edward, 15-year-old Rosalind James has grown independent visiting the bazaar with her Indian friend, Isha, and causing comment among the other British officers' wives at the club. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

Tanya, 16 years old in 1991 and a principal dancer with Leningrad's Kirov Ballet, is both a witness to the events of a dramatic summer and a participant in Russia's fledgling steps toward democracy. Read full book review >

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BURYING THE SUN by Gloria Whelan
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"All in all, a vivid portrait of a country and a family under siege, and a testimony to human resilience. (Fiction. YA)"
In this somber companion to The Impossible Journey (2003) and Angel on the Square (2001), Whelan brings the horrific, 880-day Siege of Leningrad to life for young readers. Read full book review >

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ANGEL ON THE SQUARE by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A young Russian aristocrat comes of age during the Great War and the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE VIETNAM by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An effective plea for a group whose plight, as an afterword notes, continues to worsen. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The experiences of a village family, reluctantly escaping their homeland in a perilous boat trip to Hong Kong. Read full book review >

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SEE WHAT I SEE by Gloria Whelan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"Kate's journey from selfishness to selflessness and back to the healthy middle path is quietly touching, if not as powerfully moving as it could be. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Kate Tapert is caught between two consuming passions: a drive to capture on canvas the austere beauty of her rural Upper Peninsula hometown of Larch, Mich., and a devotion to her mother. Read full book review >

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THE LOCKED GARDEN by Gloria Whelan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"While some plot details are convenient, this exceptional story never lets the focus override the characterization. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
From page one, National Book Award winner Whelan establishes a strong sense of time, unusual setting and characters—an asylum for the mentally ill in 20th-century Michigan. Read full book review >

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PARADE OF SHADOWS by Gloria Whelan
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Though a map would be useful for a work so rooted in time and place, and the epilogue seems unfinished, Whelan has crafted yet another fine work of historical fiction with a likable and strong-willed heroine. (Fiction. 10-14)"
It's 1907, and 16-year-old Julia Hamilton has left behind her sheltered British schoolgirl life to travel with her father to the Levant, "the lands around the distant Mediterranean with exotic names like Syria and Jerusalem." Read full book review >

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HOMELESS BIRD by Gloria Whelan
Released: March 31, 2000