Search Results: "Jackson R. Bryer"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"A boon for general readers as well as literary scholars."
Carefully annotated trove of correspondence between Jazz Age icons. Read full book review >

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The Curse by A. R.  Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2015

"A brutal, off-putting story of generational violence.

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Jackson's debut novella tells the story of a family's horrifying secret. Read full book review >

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LIGHT by Robert Gardner
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Index. (Nonfiction. 11+)"
In the ``Investigate and Discover'' series, experiments covering the fundamental properties of light: reflection, refraction, diffraction, color, and the behavior of simple lenses. Read full book review >

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THE GAGGLE SISTERS RIVER TOUR by Chris Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The kooky, droll watercolors are a decided plus, but it is the dryly humorous, theatrical text that keeps the story going strong to the end, as readers applaud Dorothy's saintly patience and try to figure a way to reach into the pages to strangle Sadie. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A prima donna goose who practically defines pomposity gets a glimmering that her entourage of one—her sister—may well be indispensable to her success. Read full book review >

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THE OLD WOMAN AND THE WAVE by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Artful collage paintings, with snippets of maps to conjure terrae incognitae, allow the text to achieve its oblique promise of transcendence in the sudden, severe breach of routine. (Picture book. 6-9)"
In this story of deliverance from Jackson, a curmudgeonly old woman discovers her liquid neighbor has greater things on its mind than raindrops and the occasional proffered fish. Read full book review >

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SOPHIA, THE ALCHEMIST’S DOG by Shelley Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Truly magical. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Sophia's master is alchemist to the King, who gives him a yearly allowance to turn lead into gold, something the little brown dog's master has yet to accomplish. Read full book review >

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THE GAGGLE SISTERS SING AGAIN by Chris Jackson
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The watercolors, on the other hand, soothe as they transport readers to the Wriggle River. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This second go-round for Jackson's Gaggle Sisters, in a proposed trilogy, is curiously disjointed, but maintains the rhythm of their musical river tour. Read full book review >

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CLEO AND THE COYOTE by Elizabeth Levy
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 1996

"Bryer's primitive illustrations are busy and attractive, shifting into western motifs when the story moves to Utah, but her brush can't bring balance to the text. (Picture book. 5-9)"
An abandoned street pooch is taken in by a young boy, Martin, and named Cleopatra (she was found in Queens, New York). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEETLY by Jackson Pearce
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Not Pearce's best. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
An uneven retelling of "Hansel and Gretel" swaps witches for werewolves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Need Big Love - Need It Now by Sharley Jackson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2014

"An intimate, funny, painfully perceptive self-portrait that's bloody good, mate."
In this lively, candid memoir, an avid traveler and 30-something Aussie at first wants to find a man to love, later a woman instead, but ultimately wants to discover herself. Read full book review >

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TAVEN'S DEPARTING by Mike Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2012

"An intriguing, if uneven, contemporary fantasy that veers from the personal to the epic."
In Jackson's (The Adventures of my Grandpa Bert, 2013; etc.) afterlife fantasy, a recently deceased man must learn the rules and secrets of the spirit world to save a little girl and fight a great evil. Read full book review >