Search Results: "Helena Ragg-Kirkby"


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BIG BAD SHEEP by Bettina Wegenast
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"While the plot moves briskly and the small black-and-white illustrations support the text effectively, it's hard to imagine who might enjoy this odd mishmash of fairy-tale tropes and philosophical ponderings. (Fiction. 8-10)"
There's no obvious audience for this (very) odd import. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Replete with both spooks and with comically cluttered illustrations, this will win many new fans. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Intrepid veteran Hetty Hyssop, her young amanuensis Tom and their moody, slime-oozing spectral associate Hugo nearly meet a fiery doom in this smoothly translated import, the second episode of four originally published in Germany. Read full book review >

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HELENA by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Oct. 16, 1950

"An intellectual invention which is not without its spiritual significance, this still does not subdue the occasional bright badinage, the wit which is a worldly one, although it will be the name that will carry this to its audience."
A retelling of the story of St. Read full book review >

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THE MONSTERS OF ST. HELENA by Brooks Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Gloriously imagined—though with a rather low narrative temperature—with its spooky, dramatic detail giving it a feverish intensity."
An exotic locale, its fabled history, and the latter years of dethroned Napoleon Bonaparte are the colorful core materials of this intriguing third outing from Hansen (after Perlman's Ordeal, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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INVISIBLE RIVER by Helena McEwen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Banality and radiance combine oddly in a novel that achieves immediacy but risks claustrophobia."
The naïvely voiced, impressionistic tale of a young English art student's painful acquisition of wisdom. Read full book review >

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THE CATALYST by Helena Coggan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Nonetheless, compelling secrets abound amid the overstuffed incoherence, and it's a page-turner for all its flaws. (Dystopian fantasy. 12-16)"
A 15-year-old English girl must prevent her post-apocalyptic world from falling into yet another civil war between magic-wielding humans and those without it. Read full book review >

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JANE AUSTEN, THE SECRET RADICAL by Helena Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fine-grained study that shows us how to read between the lines to discover the remarkable woman who helped transform the novel from trash to an absolute art form."
Tracking the "shadowy, curiously colorless figure" of the revered novelist. Read full book review >

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FINDING LINA by Helena Hjalmarsson
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"At times, the level of detail, including descriptions of playtimes and the names of just about everyone Lina has encountered in her eight years, becomes tedious. But the author's positive, optimistic attitude and her thorough descriptions of therapies will be helpful to the parents and caretakers of autistic children."
The story of a mother's transformation in learning to care for her special needs daughter. Read full book review >

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BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK by Helena Andrews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"An irreverent, savvy and sharp memoir."
Political reporter Andrews assembles 16 autobiographical essays exploring her unconventional upbringing, academic and professional accomplishment and the challenges of being a successful, single black woman in Washington, D.C. Read full book review >