Search Results: "Holly Wood"


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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 23, 2006

"A bit much for some readers, but certain to please the legions of woodworking aficionados."
A fact-filled celebration of wood in human history. 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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 15, 2011

"One of life's most important lessons is at the heart of this refreshingly original story; adults as well as elementary-age children will benefit from Alto's journey to find time."
After squandering almost all of his time, 10-year-old Alto Quack sets off on a desperate journey to find the Emperor of Time and beg for some more in this inventive children's story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GRANT WOOD by R. Tripp Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2010

"An overly analytical biography, but one that goes a long way toward upending assumptions about Wood's work."
A portrait of painter Grant Wood (1891-1942) as a melancholy, closeted man. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 2009

"A perfectly paced, beautifully crafted and moving end to a memorable fantasy. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this finale to the Touchstone Trilogy, past and present magically converge when 12-year-old Midge completes the work begun by her great-great aunt Celandine decades before to rescue five ancient tribes of little people hiding from the human world in the woods of Mill Farm. Read full book review >