Search Results: "James Todd Cochrane"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A fast-paced fantasy for preteens who are ready for something meatier than the average chapter book."
Like many kids, Max thinks his mandatory summer vacation will be boring. He's terribly wrong. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AUSTRALIA STORIES by Todd James Pierce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2003

"The thread that's supposed to bind these pieces into a novel is thin at best, but Pierce writes with a particular tenderness and compassion."
From an American who spent several years in Australia comes this debut about a man, very much like the author, who's writing a collection of stories about his family. Read full book review >

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SPORT by Mick Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2001

"Appealing in its evocations of a Midwest from two or three decades ago, but at its foundation it remains more like a YA than anything else."
Cochrane's second (after Flesh Wounds, 1997), a tale of growing up trash-poor in the Midwest, is often rich in detail, but in its psychology it remains content with too little. Read full book review >

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FITZ by Mick Cochrane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Ends not with a bang, but a whimper. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A high school sophomore kidnaps his estranged father at gunpoint. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO THREW BUTTERFLIES by Mick Cochrane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Lovely and memorable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With tender poignancy, Cochrane gets right to the heart of young Molly's painful journey. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JURY OF ONE by Charlie Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2016

"A writer of both mysteries and romances, Cochrane (The Best Corpse for the Job, 2014, etc.) strikes a fine balance between the two in story of professional meets personal—which should please those who don't want to take either one too seriously."
A copper has to investigate a crime that connects his boyfriend to a potential new flame. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLESH WOUNDS by Mick Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Cochrane achieves cool control with carefully constructed scenes that yield small, psychologically resonant moments, lending weight and unpredictability to material that's potentially hackneyed."
In Cochrane's closely observed and confident first novel, three generations of a Minneapolis family struggle to regain equilibrium after the clan's patriarch is arrested for sexually abusing his granddaughter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORNING DANCE by Todd Hannert
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"He is utterly engaging even if, and perhaps because, he is a bit of a mystery. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Hannert's picture-book debut is an odd, though ultimately successful, combination of story and idiosyncratic artwork. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT’S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT by Todd Parr
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"The theme encourages acceptance of oneself and others, and boosts self-esteem. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Parr (Big and Little, not reviewed, etc.) teaches an important social lesson that all children need early in their development. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEACHERS ROCK! by Todd Parr
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 19, 2016

"Sure to reassure readers nervous about their own teachers-to-be. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Parr turns his bold, vibrant colors and simple declarative sentences to teachers, looking at what they do and who they are. Read full book review >

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PURELY ROSIE PEARL by Patricia A. Cochrane
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"Nonetheless, Cochrane demonstrates ease and confidence that elude many more experienced authors. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rosie Pearl and her family are migrant farm workers during the Depression. Read full book review >