Search Results: "Jane Langton"


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THE DESERTER by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2003

"Fine storytelling grounded in solid research and highlighted with vintage photographs and the author's trademark line drawings. An unabashed love letter to Harvard and librarians, and an admonition for hawks in our own time."
Every family has black sheep, but what could Mary Kelly's great-great-grandfather Seth Morgan, Harvard class of 1860, have done that was so shameful no one ever spoke of it? Read full book review >

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DIVINE INSPIRATION by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Her illustrations, on the other hand, are elegant, crisp, and mercifully without unnecessary embellishment."
Young organ-builder Alan Starr, on his way into Boston's First Church of the Commonwealth, comes across a lone infant. Read full book review >

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THE FLEDGLING by Jane Langton
Released: March 19, 1980

"Except for an opening false-note prematurely espousing the goose's viewpoint, Langton makes Georgie's story a successful blend of humor, charm, pathos, family feeling, and that hint of something transcendent that lights up all her fantasies."
Little Georgie's pre-dawn flights on the back of a friendly goose (she calls him her swan prince) are not burdened by the allegorical content that characterized the mind trips of older step-cousins Eleanor and Eddy in three previous Langton novels. Read full book review >

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DARK NANTUCKET NOON by Jane Langton
Released: Jan. 22, 1974

"A beach plum."
The mystery is somewhat waterlogged by the environs, Nantucket, but Miss Langton's audience — the younger girls she formerly wrote for and the older ones they grew into — won't mind since there's lots of local folkways and bylaws, Nantucket having kept itself to itself; lots of instruction about the tides and the shellfish and the shells; a romance; a clever use of Melville with whom Miss Langton is on close speaking/citing terms; and finally the death of a young woman who represented local conservation but. . . . Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERIOUS CIRCUS by Jane Langton
ANIMALS
Released: May 10, 2005

"Here's hoping there are, somewhere, some children who will find the magic in this story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Opening with the image of a pegboard, a classic toy, Langton serves up a classic tale, interweaving fantastical elements with the familiar situation of a group of children working together to have fun and to outwit the adults who threaten their world. Read full book review >

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MURDER AT THE GARDNER  by Jane Langton
Released: Feb. 23, 1988

"This is one not to miss."
The author of several stories featuring retired ex-cop (now Harvard lecturer) Homer Kelly (Natural Enemy, etc.) reveals unexpected strengths and charm in this new work. Read full book review >

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THE FRAGILE FLAG by Jane Langton
Released: Sept. 1, 1984

"Kids may add this in with the fantasy; what'll win them over are the scrappy kid-characters, the perils of the open Strip, the story-telling ginger and snap."
Georgie Hall, the spindly nine-year-old stalwart of The Fledgling, confronts the US president over the "peace Missile"—after visionary promptings (the Minute Men, "Uncle Freddy's beloved Henry Thoreau," the world in flames) from the tattered flag in the Hall's Concord attic. Read full book review >

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NATURAL ENEMY by Jane Langton
Released: Feb. 25, 1981

"With intriguing nature-study touches and a slew of nifty minor characters (the Heron sisters must protect their house from historical societies, garden clubbers, and real-estaters)—an odd but diverting tale, with special appeal to YA readers."
Ex-cop Homer Kelly (The Memorial Hall Murder, 1978) returns, to considerably better effect, in an entertainment which is less a conventional murder-mystery than a suspenseful morality play (again with echoes of Langton's work in juveniles). Read full book review >

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PAPER CHAINS by Jane Langton
Released: April 1, 1977

"Yet Langton does recapture the surface allure; and the paperchain image—which expresses both Evelyn's predilection for school and her expectation of continuity—is felicitous."
Here, in separate short scenes and flashes, are the extracurricular highlights of Evelyn Underhill's first few months at college: the "unsendable" letters she writes to her philosophy professor; the madcap escapades (Langton wouldn't use the phrase but the spirit is the same) such as ringing the bell in the school's boardedup tower; the conspiracy to keep a dog on campus; and the beady moments of cartwheeling with her friends across the square because the sign says "Don't walk." Read full book review >

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MURDER AT MONTICELLO by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2001

"Awash in architectural, biographical, and geographical detail, as well as her trademark line drawings: all in all, more history than mystery."
Fourth of July at Monticello should be a blast—at least so says University of Virginia professor Ed Bailey in exhorting his Harvard counterpart Homer Kelly (The Thief of Venice, 1999, etc.) to join him for the festivities at Thomas Jefferson's historic home. Read full book review >

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THE FACE ON THE WALL by Jane Langton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Although rife with fairy-tale elements of its own and heavily sprinkled with literary quotes, this 13th outing for Homer Kelly is the author's best effort in some time: taut, suspenseful, and absorbing all the way."
New England's professor/sleuth Homer Kelly's wife Mary (Dead As a Dodo, 1996, etc.) wants him to look into the disappearance of her onetime student Pearl Small, whose husband Fred is trying to turn his wife's inherited acreage, once devoted to pig-farming, into an upscale residential development. Read full book review >

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THE MEMORIAL HALL MURDER by Jane Langton
Released: April 1, 1978

"The 1960ish students aren't much more convincing, but Langton has done enough Harvard Yard research to endear her to nostalgic alumni—and if any mystery with a headless corpse can be sweet, this is it."
Langton's juvenile-author manner hangs around this silly but fairly stylish murder-comedy—especially in the nonstop folksy jabber of her detective, ex-cop Homer Kelly. Read full book review >