Search Results: "Isla Morley"


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ABOVE by Isla Morley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A whole host of interesting ideas stuffed into a lopsided structure that doesn't support the author's high ambitions. Still, very intriguing and provocative."
South Africa-born Morley makes a wild U-turn from the semiautobiographical Come Sunday (2009) to write a captivity novel that morphs into a post-apocalyptic adventure. Read full book review >

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COME SUNDAY by Isla Morley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2009

"Intense, unsparing, dark and often downbeat, but distinguished by an impassioned, poetic voice."
South African-born Morley's confident debut explores the intense grief that follows a child's accidental death. Read full book review >

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FARMYARD SONG by Carol Morley
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1995

With a repetitive rhyme, Morley introduces the sounds of animals in an imaginative look at a farmyard. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN A DISTANT PLACE by Isla Dewar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2006

"Comfortable and sweet: Despite the story's one real tragedy, a fairytale sense of happy outcomes hangs over the tale, rendering everyone benign and no event, not even death, too traumatic."
A recently widowed teacher comes to enliven the children of a rural Scottish community. Read full book review >

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THE SPIDER AND THE DOVES by Farah Morley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Although a little too wordy for younger listeners, this is one of the more attractive books on Islam's origins. (Picture book/religion. 6-9)"
The lowly spider is a strong hero in this traditional story about Muhammad. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 3, 2012

"Elegant and nimble history of a series of events likely unknown to many readers."
A sprightly social history of the convergence of pro- and anti-slavery agitators in the city of Washington during the explosive summer of 1835. Read full book review >

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MARGE IN CHARGE by Isla Fisher
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Younger readers with intermediate reading skills may have fun with the silliness and the surprises. (Fiction. 7-10)"
By the end of their first night with babysitter Marge, 7-year-old Jemima's 4-year-old brother, Jake, says, "We have a royal babysitter…but we have to babysit her!" Read full book review >

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MY NEW BIG-KID BED by Debbie Bertram
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A big-time missed opportunity. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Fears of a new bed can be complicated when a dinosaur's added to the mix. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF BOWIE by Paul Morley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Bowie still deserves a full-dress serious biography, which would benefit from a touch of this book's reckless spirit."
A lengthy critical tribute to David Bowie's pop-cultural legacy, with a particular emphasis on his epochal 1970s work. Read full book review >