Search Results: "J.M. Barrie"


BOOK REVIEW

PETER PAN by J.M. Barrie
CLASSICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A perfect gift for a family that reads aloud. (Fiction. 5+)"
An unusually large, attractive, unabridged edition with dozens of full-page illustrations and smaller vignettes. Read full book review >

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PETER PAN HD by J.M. Barrie
by J.M. Barrie, illustrated by Eulalie, developed by FrogDogMedia LLC
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 6, 2010

"It's likely that a slew of cheaply reanimated books from the distant past will flood digital shelves, but for now, this version of Peter Pan is unique in its mood and presentation. (iPad storybook app. 2-7)"
Lest you think every storybook for young readers in the App Store is a computer-animated, pixel-perfect digital showcase for what's possible, this one goes retro. Read full book review >

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J.M. COETZEE AND THE LIFE OF WRITING by David Attwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Recent work receives comparatively short shrift, but Attwell provides a solid foundation for a literary appreciation."
A literary biography illuminating the development of the Nobel Prize-winning author's work. Read full book review >

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HIDE-AND-SEEK WITH ANGELS by Lisa Chaney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2006

"The reader craves more than a polite scratch at the literary myth."
British journalist Chaney offers a spirited life of the creator of Peter Pan. Read full book review >

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THE REAL PETER PAN by Piers Dudgeon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children's heroes."
With his broad knowledge of J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and his contemporaries, Dudgeon (Maeve Binchy: The Biography, 2014, etc.) tells the disturbing story of his odd relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Read full book review >

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ELSINORE CANYON by J.M.
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"An imperfect YA adaptation of a classic but a striking one nonetheless."
A debut novel that offers a modern, young-adult retelling of Hamlet with a female stand-in for Shakespeare's title character. Read full book review >

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THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. by Barrie Summy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 12, 2015

"Magic exposes the extent of vicious school bullying in this arresting middle school mystery. (Magical realism. 10-14)"
A 13-year-old who sees memories tackles the mystery of a missing girl. Read full book review >

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I SO DON’T DO MYSTERIES by Barrie Summy
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 9, 2008

"Although so aggressively fluffy and self-consciously chick-lit-y that the narrative at times borders on hokey, Sherry's relationship with her mother's spirit and her own quirky personality elevate this text by adding sincerity and warmth. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
In life, Sherry and her work-obsessed cop mother weren't much of a team, but when Sherry's deceased mom returns as a spirit several months after her death, Sherry can't deny her request to join forces in her quest to move on in the spirit world. Read full book review >

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ADAM ZIGZAG by Barbara Barrie
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, an honest and empathetic portrayal of a not uncommon set of pressures and responses. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The author of Lone Star (1990), who's also an award-winning actress, describes a dyslexic's troubles and their eventual resolution in a narrative that alert readers will suspect is largely autobiographical. Read full book review >

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In Pursuit of Life Book 2 by Allan Barrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2014

"Lengthy and dotted with suspense, a topsy-turvy story with moments of excitement for patient readers."
In a series of fictional journal entries spanning the late 1950s to the early '70s, Barrie (In Pursuit of Life: The Mob and I, 2014) continues the tale of Harry Miller and his unsteady relationship with the mob. Read full book review >

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I SO DON’T DO SPOOKY by Barrie Summy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

"Perfectly tame for middle schoolers—Sherry's dates never pass PG, and although the threat of the stalker is at times menacing, Sherry's silly, over-the-top inner dialogue helps defuse the situation and provide comic relief. (Mystery. 10-12)"
Despite her attempts to lead a normal life filled with shopping trips and dates with her hunky boyfriend, middle schooler Sherry Holmes Baldwin finds herself thrust back into the role of supernatural sleuth. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 12, 1996

"WullschlÑger's psychoanalytic thesis about these authors is as familiar as their stories, and her mediocre discourse adds nothing to either their lives or works. (drawings and 8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
That some of children's literature's best writers were not very happy or well adjusted is a sad irony, soured further by WullschlÑger's crudely argued, unsympathetic survey of their lives and works. Read full book review >