Search Results: "Janet Squires"


BOOK REVIEW

Desperate Straits by Janet Squires
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A well-developed romance wrapped in an engaging and fast-paced Western, complete with strong protagonists, colorful settings, and superb historical details.
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An Irishwoman encounters intrigue and the search for a lost treasure when she moves to the Arizona Territory in this debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY by Janet Squires
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"A welcome change of setting for the Gingerbread Man, sure to find a spot on the library shelf. (Picture book. 3-8)"
This Wild West version of the traditional tale is sure to delight youngsters, as well as introduce them to the flora, fauna and geography of the west. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"The author assumes that readers understand horse-racing better than is probably the case, but he offers a well-told cautionary tale about greed and willful inattention."
Former Chicago Tribune editor and successful horseman Squires (Horse of a Different Color: A Tale of Breeding Geniuses, Dominant Females, and the Fastest Derby Winner Since Secretariat, 2002) exposes a thoroughbred horse-racing industry drowning in drug abuse and rife with unscrupulous business practices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A bleak view of the press by one who's in a position to know."
A trenchant and disturbing analysis of the transformation of newspapers from gatherers of news to profitable corporate assets, by the former editor of the Chicago Tribune. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FERRYLAND VISITOR by Charis Cotter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"An interesting, mysterious story with memorable illustrations. (author's note, publisher's note) (Picture book. 7-10)"
This slightly spooky tale, based on a true story, recalls a mysterious visitor to the Squires family, who were living in a lighthouse in Newfoundland in the 1970s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOUDINI by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Emotionally and artistically, it's Houdini's perspective, with his earnest exuberance, that steals the show. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Houdini the caterpillar is destined for greatness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUDREY AND BARBARA by Janet Lawson
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2002

"Of course. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Audrey wants to go to India. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINO AND THE SIGNORA’S PASTA by Janet Pedersen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"The Rome setting won't matter to kids because they'll focus on Pino's escapades, which are the spice in the sauce here. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Pedersen dishes up a tale about the homeless cats in Rome, the Signora who feeds them pasta and one grande gatto who wants a special meal that will make him purr like music. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A promising start, muddled middle, and heart-pounding finish."
Former Chicago Tribune editor Squires (The Secrets of the Hopewell Box, 1996, etc.), a horse breeder since 1990, relates how Lady Luck took a shine to his Two Bucks Farm and gave him a Kentucky Derby winner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1996

"Told in an easy, anecdotal style, Squires's complex story affords a microcosmic view of the nation's political evolution in the last half century."
A sometimes eye-goggling history of political corruption in one corner of the postwar South. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EARTH FLIGHT by Janet Edwards
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Despite an exciting and complex plot, far less special than the first two. (Science fiction. 11-16)"
In this far-future trilogy's conclusion, a disabled archaeology student-cum-military hero deciphers an alien probe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAULT LINE by Janet Tashjian
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While not quite as insightful as Sarah Dessen's Dreamland (2000), this should find a place in all libraries that serve teens, many of whom will recognize aspects of their own relationships in Becky and Kip's. (Fiction. YA)"
Senior Becky Martin, who has a loving family, a terrific best friend, and good grades, is slowly making a place for herself in San Francisco's stand-up comedy scene. Read full book review >