Search Results: "Janice I. Meissner"


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AMBER'S AMBITIONS by Janice I. Meissner
ROMANCE
Released: May 25, 2011

"Meissner attempts to create a believable, determined protagonist, but the lack of conflict and convenient plot devices keep Amber's tale from resonating."
A romance about a determined young woman and her life's goals. Read full book review >

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IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA by W.W. Meissner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1992

"An ambitious attempt to join the couch and the prie-dieu, this reveals much about the saint as a man, almost nothing about the man as a saint. (Twenty-four illustrations.)"
Far-reaching, sometimes far-fetched psychobiography of the Catholic mystic, saint, and founder of the Jesuits. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO COSMOS by Bill Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2006

"Unrelenting blandness dooms even the most eccentric of Meissner's characters."
A collection of memory pieces and character sketches rather than short stories, from a poet and author of the collection Hitting Into the Wind (1994). Read full book review >

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HITTING INTO THE WIND by Bill Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Some lovely writing, but monotonous."
Boys pitching balls in midwestern backyards, old farm-team players searching for ``lost'' balls in small-town fields, minor- league fielders ``waiting for the call''—these quintessentially American characters inhabit the 20-odd stories and sketches collected in this fiction debut by poet Meissner (The Sleepwalker's Son, etc.). Read full book review >

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STARS OVER SUNSET BOULEVARD by Susan Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A lovely, well-crafted story that peeks at a fascinating moment in cinematic history and examines the power and vulnerability of sincere friendship."
Two women become friends while working at Selznick International Studios during the heady days of filming Gone With the Wind.Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A memorable adventure, told with great immediacy. (timeline, author's notes, bibliography, resources) (Nonfiction. 11 & up)"
A remarkable collection of documents paints a picture of the Klondike gold rush in vivid detail. Read full book review >

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A FALL OF MARIGOLDS by Susan Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Touching and inspirational."
A scarf ties together the stories of two women as they struggle with personal journeys 100 years apart in Meissner's historical novel (The Girl in the Glass, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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A BRIDGE ACROSS THE OCEAN by Susan Meissner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An interesting World War II narrative is dragged down by a less-engaging present-day story."
A woman who can see ghosts becomes tangled in a mystery involving European war brides who crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Mary. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE AND THE WATER WISH by Janice Poon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"The girls' conflict is horribly banal; coupled with the flimsy mystery and the uninspired art, it makes this a hard sell to even the most dedicated female reader. (craft instructions) (Graphic novel. 9-12)"
Fresh from solving her last crime (Claire and the Bakery Thief, 2008), the bespectacled young sleuth is on the case again. Read full book review >

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GOLDILOCKS by Janice Russell
adapted by Janice Russell, illustrated by Janice Russell
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A good, simple edition. (Picture book. 2-4)"
An unembellished retelling of the enduring tale. Read full book review >

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CLAIRE AND THE BAKERY THIEF by Janice Poon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"And while the recipes in the back of the book look yummy, there is a self-righteousness to this sketchily drawn story that will leave a bad taste in the reader's mouth. (Graphic fiction. 8-10)"
In this middle-grade graphic novel, young Claire is distressed to discover that her family is about to move from their home in the city to the all-too-rural town of Bellevale. Read full book review >