Search Results: "Helena Willis"


BOOK REVIEW

THE DIAMOND MYSTERY by Martin Widmark
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 31, 2014

"Nicely paced, with just the right number of red herrings to keep readers thinking; they will hope the number 1 on the spine indicates that this is the first of many Maya and Jerry mysteries. (Mystery. 7-9)"
Jerry and Maya, classmates and friends, spend their spare time solving mysteries in their hometown of Pleasant Valley in this Swedish import. 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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THE REACTION by Helena Coggan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 20, 2017

"Poor pacing and flawed logic lead to a disappointing sequel. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
In a post-magical-apocalypse London, a teenage soldier with a secret monster-transformation problem hopes she can rescue her father without incriminating herself. 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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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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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 >

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DEBORAH WILLIS
by Megan Labrise

Don’t be afraid of The Dark and Other Love Stories but be warned: Deborah Willis’s delectable fictions aren’t amorous confections.

“I think that title is a bit misleading—actually, I know it is,” says Willis, by phone from home in Calgary. “A lot of people, when I tell them the title say, That sounds so lovely! I can’t wait!” ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE LITTLE JESTER by Helena Olofsson
adapted by Helena Olofsson, illustrated by Helena Olofsson, translated by Kjersti Board
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2002

"Perhaps this version, with its emphasis more on generosity than adoration will appeal to a wider audience. (Picture book/folktale. 5-7)"
The author retells a French legend of the juggler who performs his tricks for the Madonna. Read full book review >

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UNCLE PHIL'S DINER by Helena Clare Pittman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 1998

"A charming reminiscence. (Picture book. 5-7)"
On a wintry Sunday morning, Ruthie and her papa set out to walk nine blocks through a snow storm to have breakfast at Uncle Phil's diner. Read full book review >