Search Results: "Jan McCafferty"


BOOK REVIEW

NURSE JAN by Ann Jasper
Released: Jan. 4, 2013

"A predictable story that's enjoyable enough for readers interested in medicine."
A fictionalized account of the author's experiences in nursing school during the 1950s. Read full book review >

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WHAT'S THE POINT OF BEING GREEN? by Jacqui Bailey
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2010

"First published in England, this emphasizes the need for international cooperation and offers a refreshing approach to a topic that is not going away. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
With breezy text and lively graphics featuring a mixed group of young people, this book answers its title question by discussing climate change, pollution, exploitation of natural resources, waste, hunger and the impact of human actions on wildlife. Read full book review >

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JAN ORMEROD'S TO BABY WITH LOVE by Jan Ormerod
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A feast of bright yet subtle color and bold design, just right for introducing the youngest to some familiar animals while tickling their ears with contagious rhymes and their minds with a few simple concepts. (Picture book. 1-5)"
An artist known especially for her exquisite draughtsmanship visualizes five familiar nursery pieces in vibrant paint set off by brilliant white. Read full book review >

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CHARMED THIRDS by Megan McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2006

"Surprisingly mature and witty novel that should snag more than a few adult readers who well remember their college years."
In McCafferty's third Jessica Darling novel, Jessica goes to college and finds the world is not exactly her oyster. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Jessica's take on junior high may be superficial, but she brings readers on a funny ride, even if many—perhaps even most—of her problems are not resolved by the end, setting up the next in the series, as expected. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Starting with Sloppy Firsts (2001), McCafferty explored the later teen and early 20s years of angst-ridden Jessica Darling in a five-book series. In this start to a new series, Jessica comes back for younger readers as an angst-ridden (of course) seventh-grader. Read full book review >

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THUMPED by Megan McCafferty
Released: April 24, 2012

"A sparkling, imaginative romp that is nevertheless plenty provocative. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
This breezy and intriguing near-time dystopia concludes with the much-anticipated birth that was bought and paid for in the first installment, Bumped (2011). Read full book review >

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THE ROYAL WULFF MURDERS by Keith McCafferty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"An entertaining debut, though less of the fishing stuff probably would have been more."
Field & Stream editor McCafferty's first novel is a fish story with a homicidal hook. Read full book review >

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TESTIMONY OF AN IRISH SLAVE GIRL by Kate McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 2002

"As McCafferty's preface declares, 'The Irish perspective is important to the history of resistance to colonialism.' For that reason alone, Testimony is well worth reading—though it's not nearly as wonderful as it might have been."
Surefire dramatic material and a hauntingly exotic setting are the most striking features of this debut historical about an Irish girl kidnapped, sold into slavery, and later involved in a failed rebellion against the "plantocracy" that exploits black and white victims alike. Read full book review >

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BUFFALO JUMP BLUES by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"The fifth case for McCafferty's fly-tying detective is as rich in history, local color, and unique characters as the first four. You can't help hoping that the two leads will solve the problems of their relationship as readily as all those crimes."
An animal sacrifice is prelude to human murder in Montana. Read full book review >

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DEAD MAN'S FANCY by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2014

"McCafferty (The Gray Ghost Murders, 2013, etc.) knows his country and his characters, who have a comfortable, lived-in feel and yet shine as individuals. Although the plot takes its own time to unfold, it doesn't drag; McCafferty's understated prose deserves to be savored."
A rescue attempt gone wrong teams up a Montana sheriff and a part-time private eye. Read full book review >

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THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC by Jane McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"Sharply observed but limited in scope: more by the way of background, or some other dramatic depth, could make such dim and shadowy characters worth caring for."
Fourteen stories set in Pittsburgh describe the quiet griefs of everyday life: a second collection from McCafferty (Director of the World, 1992; One Heart, 1999). Read full book review >

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COLD HEARTED RIVER by Keith McCafferty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"An exciting adventure set against some of the West's most stunning landscapes. Cleverly interwoven with the true story of Hemingway's lost trunk, it goes far to elucidate the mystique of fly-fishing."
A tragic accidental death, a suicide, and a probable murder roil the waters in prime Montana fishing country. Read full book review >