Search Results: "Gretchen "Gigi" Moore"


BOOK REVIEW

HEAR MY PRAYER by Lee Bennett Hopkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Several prayers are difficult to read because they are printed within illustrations on dark backgrounds of night skies, but overall it is a sweet collection. (Picture book/religion. 3-7)"
Hopkins, one of the best-known anthologists of children's poetry, has selected 13 short prayers for this collection, including two of his own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"Despite inevitability, an anguished tale told with poetry and heart. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Inspired by the Haitian slave uprising led by black general Toussaint L'Ouverture, Gabriel, a literate Virginia slave and blacksmith, attempts to parallel that effort on his own turf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CLAIMING GEORGIA TATE by Gigi Amateau
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2005

"However, the ending is marred by her implausibly quick emotional recovery from the incest, and, equally implausible, the implication that her father will be easily made to forfeit custody of her and even be imprisoned for the abuse. (Fiction. 13+)"
Although this debut shows promise in its engaging narrative voice, too many tragedies and unusual characters, including a transvestite and a generous ex-con, overwhelm the plot. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MASQUERADING MAGICIAN by Gigi Pandian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2016

"Though many of the same charming characters return from the series debut (The Accidental Alchemist, 2015), the plot this time is little more than an excuse to trot them out again. Pandian hints that the next installment will focus once more on her main characters, which is what she does best."
An alchemist doing research on a visiting magician suspects he may share her talent, though with less pure motives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GET DIRTY by Gretchen McNeil
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 16, 2015

"For committed fans of the first book only. (Suspense. 12-16)"
A secret society faces a threat greater than discovery: death. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A compelling contemporary thriller for readers who don't mind waiting for Volume 2. (Suspense. 12-16)"
A new series aiming at the Pretty Little Liars sweet spot kicks off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Read Samuel Johnson instead."
A well-meaning but not especially insightful guide to deriving greater satisfaction in life by feeling "more at home, at home." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A sometimes-thought-provoking but ultimately insubstantial assessment of human behavior. For devoted followers of this popular author."
An exploration of human behavior patterns as viewed through the lens of four specific tendencies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"What this volume evokes is beyond sympathy; the reader aches for Legler's pain."
The awesome vision of a woman tearing herself down to the bone and then slowly, painstakingly, recreating herself in her own image. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MURDER IN A HEAT WAVE by Gretchen Sprague
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 12, 2003

"As in Martha's first two cases (Maquette for Murder, 2000, etc.), the real prizes are the heroine's shrewd, unassuming intelligence and the authorial voice that makes a world in which nothing much happens consistently entertaining."
Just a block away from the Greenwich Village apartment where Jimmy Stewart sat out the heat wave in Rear Window, the air conditioning has quit in retired attorney Martha Patterson's building. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE BRIGHT RING by Gretchen Géser
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"Children will enjoy the spirit of the chase (and an easily spotted black cat on each spread) in this pleasant introduction to courtship conventions. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a girl sees a diamond ring fall through a hole in a man's jacket pocket, she catches it on a bounce and pulls her mom along city streets in an attempt to return it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Schields makes the most of the premise; her illustrations become gleeful when demonstrating the cat's chameleon-like changes. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Mr. Blue is a kindly old soul with a soft spot for homeless cats and dogs, using the good offices of his emporium to find them caretakers. Read full book review >