Search Results: "Holly Cupala"


BOOK REVIEW

HOLLY by Ruth Brown
by Ruth Brown, illustrated by Ruth Brown
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"As a paean to a cat, it is sweet; as a Christmas gift for a cat lover, it is lovely; as a child's book, it misses the mark. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This slight holiday offering presents Holly, a kitten adopted at Christmastime (hence her name), and follows her as she overcomes an initial shyness and establishes herself firmly in the family's affections. Read full book review >

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HOLLY by Albert French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"An inconsequential, though honest, tale of love and life in race-conscious America."
Illicit love of the most explosive kind for a small town in 1940s North Carolina is the theme of French's second novel— following his acclaimed debut, Billy (1993)—but this would-be sizzler fizzles, defused by pointless heaps of girl talk and basic teen turbulence. Read full book review >

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DON'T BREATHE A WORD by Holly Cupala
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Cupala knows her venue inside out and renders this harsh but lively world of hygienically challenged Dumpster divers with a lot of heart. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Two separate threads come together in this offering from the author of Tell Me a Secret (2010): a grim but compelling take on an abusive relationship and a coming-of-age love story. While they don't entirely mesh, the author's considerable narrative gifts keep readers engaged throughout. Read full book review >

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TELL ME A SECRET by Holly Cupala
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: July 1, 2010

"An overfamiliar premise and stale particulars combine to create a flat story that never hits its stride. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
For five years, Rand has been trying to separate herself from her sister's death and to make sense of it. Read full book review >

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HOLLY by Jeff Outlaw
Released: July 16, 2014

"An amusing, somewhat peculiar story about secret government agencies, conspiracies and the bond of friendship formed in a crisis."
In Outlaw's illustrated YA/conspiracy novel, a cash-strapped college student befriends a young woman claiming to be a top-secret government spy on the run from the law. Read full book review >

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MERRY MERRY HOLLY HOLLY by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A quiet, satisfying story about a charming pair of friends celebrating their affectionate bond. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The stars of a popular early-reader series move on to the picture-book world in this gentle story about finding a Christmas tree. Read full book review >

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HOLLY STARCROSS by Berlie Doherty
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Well, Zed's identity turns out to be the best of the disclosures. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Everything Doherty writes is fresh and enchanting: exquisite language, brimming with love, telling stories all readers want to hear. Read full book review >

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HOLLY BLUES by Susan Wittig Albert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 6, 2010

"Albert's Texas Hill Country mysteries (Wormwood, 2009, etc.) are always a good value for both the mystery and the horticultural insights."
Christmas with herbalist China Bayles and a visitor who spells trouble. Read full book review >

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MOTHER HOLLY by John Warren Stewig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Westerman (Wynken, Blynken, and Nod, 1995, etc.) wields color like a magic wand, making well water translucent, peacock feathers iridescent, and the heavy silk of Rose's blue gown palpable. (Folktale. 7-10)"
A spirited and re-imagined retelling of a lesser-known tale by the Brothers Grimm. Read full book review >

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HOME TO HOLLY SPRINGS by Jan Karon
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Karon's deft interweaving of past and present infuses the Mitford saga with new energy."
Far from Mitford and his beloved wife Cynthia, Father Tim Kavanagh enters unfamiliar emotional territory in the town of his birth. Read full book review >

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PANDORA BY HOLLY HOLLANDER by Gene Wolfe
Released: Dec. 19, 1990

Fairly straightforward murder mystery from gifted fantasist Wolfe (most recently Castleview, p. 230). Read full book review >