Search Results: "Holly Menino"


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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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Sublime, with grassy notes."
A disarmingly limpid telling of days spent training horses for the highest levels of competition, from newcomer Menino. Read full book review >

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MURDER, SHE RODE by Holly Menino
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Menino, who knows a lot more about horses than about geography or police procedure, gets hopelessly snarled in basic stylistics—narrative vs. flashback, first person vs. third person—in antipathetic Tink's inglorious debut."
Piqued at not being able to ride her prize mount in an international three-day event, a Brandywine Valley horse breeder sticks her patrician nose into a murder. 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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A DISTANCE TO DEATH by Holly Menino
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A plethora of flashbacks and shifts in point of view added to an uneven tone undercut Menino's second attempt to make us love the thrice-divorced heroine (Murder, She Rode, 2013) who sits prettily on a horse and a pile of money."
Equestrienne Tink Elledge is back to juggle husbands and solve murders in the Sierra Nevada. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2012

"A charming meditation on the world of sound."
Suffering from a concussion and hearing loss in the aftermath of a serious fall from her horse, Smithsonian and National Geographic contributor Menino (Mr. Darwin's Fox and My Coyote, 2008, etc.) was drawn to explore the fragility of perception. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MENINO by Isol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Children expecting a new sibling might take some wisdom here, but it may find its most natural audience in new parents, who can use it as both a primer and a comfort object. (Picture book. 5-8, adult)"
The trope that imagines a baby as an exotic creature—or perhaps even an alien—is taken to full and nearly irresistible flower in this picture book for those expecting new babies. 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 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 >