Search Results: "Hannah Roberts McKinnon"


BOOK REVIEW

FRANNY PARKER by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 3, 2009

"Believable dialogue and well-developed characters enhance this promising debut novel. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A first-person narration recounts Franny's 13th summer, in a drought-stricken Oklahoma town. Read full book review >

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THE PROPERTIES OF WATER by Hannah Roberts McKinnon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"The story's motive is undoubtedly earnest, but it falters in execution. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Lace has always lived in the shadow of her popular, talented and beautiful sister, Marni. Read full book review >

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THE LAKE SEASON by Hannah McKinnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Making use of a gorgeous setting and serious themes, this novel rises above a flock of fluffier beach reads."
McKinnon's debut adult novel explores the meaning of family and belonging through the eyes of Iris Standish, a middle-aged woman who returns to her childhood home while dealing with a life crisis. Read full book review >

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DANCING AT THE HARVEST MOON by K.C. McKinnon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

McKinnon (a pseudonym for a ``respected literary novelist'') baldly attempts to grab Bridges of Madison County's audience with this tale of a divorced woman's encounter with the handsome son of her first love. Read full book review >

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B IS FOR BEAR by Hannah Viano
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Rate this book with an A and an O for awesome and outstanding. (Alphabet book. 3-8)"
Viano interprets the letters with dramatic paper cuttings in a sophisticated, artistic style. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL FOR BANDITS by Hannah Shaw
ANIMALS
Released: June 28, 2011

"Shaw has created a hero in Ralph for all those kids who don't fit in and aren't afraid to be who they are. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Good manners win out over bad in this hysterical spoof. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"Dinosaurs tend to get all the press; young readers who wonder where they came from will find some answers here, memorably delivered. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A breezy look at the flora and fauna of 250-320 million years ago. Read full book review >

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DINING WITH DINOSAURS by Hannah Bonner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Five-star fare for librovores. (index, timelines, glossary) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
From T. rex and like "mega carnivores" down to bacterial "trashivores," everyone is a guest—and also on the menu—at this paleo-pantry. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 10, 2012

"Both casual and confirmed fans will devour this delicious blend of fact and foolery with relish. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
More standup-style paleontology to follow When Fish Got Feet, Sharks Got Teeth, and Bugs Began to Swarm (2007). Read full book review >

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HOT JAZZ SPECIAL by Jonny Hannah
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2010

"To see it done right, dig out your copy of Mysterious Thelonious (1997) and give this one a miss. (Picture book. 5-8)"
It's usually a bad sign when a publisher feels a need to print the entire text of a picture book a second time, at the end, without pictures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

The author of When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth (2003) continues her droll but dependable tour of deep prehistory, focusing here on the flora, fauna and fungi of the Silurian and Devonian Periods, approximately 360 to 44 million years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 11, 2013

"Readers eager to learn more about Grace Kelly would be better served by reading Donald Spoto's High Society (2009) or Wendy Leigh's True Grace (2007), both of which are quoted at length here. Readers who wish to be more like Kelly would be better off watching her films."
A heavy-handed, tedious "self-help" book offering precious little in the way of advice—unless listing New York restaurants once patronized by Grace Kelly counts as advice. Read full book review >