Search Results: "Holly Swain"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KING WHO WOULDN'T SLEEP by Debbie Singleton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"For pluckier princesses, try Cornelia Funke and Kerstin Meyer's Princess Pigsty (2007) and Mary Jane and Herman Auch's The Princess and the Pizza (2008). (Picture book. 3-6)"
In this clever retelling of a common story, a king is determined to find the perfect prince for his lovely daughter. Read full book review >

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DOTTY INVENTIONS by Roger McGough
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

With help from her robot Digby, young scientist Dotty Dabble enters such ill-conceived inventions as nasal floss, voice-activated socks, and thermal dentures in a competition. Read full book review >

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HOPE AND TEARS by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"A poem in the voice of a National Park Service worker today says it best: 'The sense that, / after all these years, / spirits live here, / along with all their hopes and tears.' (source notes, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Readers are invited to recite the thoughts, fears and dreams of all those who came to Ellis Island as immigrants, workers and visitors. Read full book review >

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CHIG AND THE SECOND SPREAD by Gwenyth Swain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Endearing—and not one bit cloying—faultlessly paced, and rich in colloquialisms real or invented, Chig is a textured, sympathetic look at rural life during the Depression and at a champion of a girl. (author note) (Fiction. 9-12)"
Tiny Chig ("That girl ain't any bigger than a little red chigger") Read full book review >

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THE LAKE DREAMS THE SKY by Swain Wolfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"The story soars off into an astonishing climax, nicely mingling the mundane and marvelous and once again demonstrating Wolfe's stirring, original power as a storyteller."
Rock-ribbed Montana love story. Read full book review >

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HUNGRY by H.A. Swain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"Emotionally satisfying dystopia with a generous helping of forno. (Dystopian romance. 14-17)"
An alluring adventure in a future without food. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT RAMBLER by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Even so, Jack's likely to be a hit with readers who fantasize about noble roughnecks, and a sequel, maybe even a series, seems assured."
The creator of casino expert Tony Valentine (Mr. Lucky, 2005, etc.) produces a suspense crossover with plenty of good news and bad for both private eye Jack Carpenter and his readers. Read full book review >

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MR. LUCKY by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"A wall-to-wall adrenaline rush as potent as a gambler's high. Tony's fifth is his biggest and just possibly his best."
Gambling expert Tony Valentine tackles the case of the small-town bettor who just can't lose. Read full book review >

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SHADOW PEOPLE by James Swain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2013

"A fine read for lovers of escapist fiction."
Swain's latest thriller featuring magician and psychic Peter Warlock. Read full book review >

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FUNNY MONEY by James Swain
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Despite an improbably high villain count, even for Atlantic City: solid, spirited second case from an author who dishes out professional anecdotes as generously as Edna Buchanan."
Most of the mechanics who try to cheat the house take a powder the minute clouds of suspicion rise. Read full book review >

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SMILING by Gwenyth Swain
Released: April 13, 1999

"An index provides further information on the locations and settings of the photographs. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The latest addition to the Small World series, which shows children around the world engaged in similar activities, focuses on the very human act of smiling. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WHO INVENTED SKIING by Swain Wolfe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2006

"A unique vision, presented in rough-hewn prose."
Novelist Wolfe (The Parrot Trainer, 2003, etc.) recalls a childhood growing up poor in Colorado and Montana during the 1940s and '50s, a time when he was deeply unhappy but fully occupied. Read full book review >