Search Results: "Jean Ferris"


BOOK REVIEW

MUCH ADO ABOUT GRUBSTAKE by Jean Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 10, 2006

"Twenty-four carat fun. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Rustle up a feisty, independent 16-year-old-girl named Arley who runs a rundown boarding house for three oddball, panned-out gold miners; a stranger dressed in black who rides into town on a black horse; a silver-tongued city slicker who offers to pay big bucks for tapped-out mines; a handsome newspaper editor wooed, to Arley's chagrin, by prissy, pretty Lacey dressed in dimity and lace gloves; and a baker named Wing Lee, known for his Chinese medicinal teas. Read full book review >

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TWICE UPON A MARIGOLD by Jean Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2008

"For full appreciation, readers should start with the opener. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Lightning doesn't strike twice, but this follow-up to the delicious romantic comedy Once Upon A Marigold (2002) goes down as easily as one of the yummy dishes crafted by anagrammatically named chef/toymaker/jolly-old-elf Stan Lucasa. Read full book review >

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RELATIVE STRANGERS by Jean Ferris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 18, 1993

"With fully dimensional characters and irresistibly lively, telling dialogue: an unusually likable and thought-provoking novel. (Fiction. 12+)"
It sounds like a dream vacation: after graduation, her father takes Berkeley for two first-class weeks in London and Paris; she even gets to see brand-new boyfriend Spike in both cities. Read full book review >

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THRICE UPON A MARIGOLD by Jean Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 16, 2013

"A delicious confection for fans of the previous operettas, reminiscent in tone and content to Patricia Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
A royal kidnapping leads to romance for the rescuers and justice for the culprits in this airy series' latest episode. Read full book review >

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UNDERGROUND by Jean Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 13, 2007

"This fast-paced historical novel offers readers an engrossing story and a unique perspective on a familiar subject. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In 1839, 16-year-old Charlotte Brown is sold by her owner in Tennessee to the proprietor of the Mammoth Cave Hotel in Kentucky, where she works as a maid. Read full book review >

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BAD by Jean Ferris
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Ferris subtly and skillfully divines slim hope and a glimmer of choice from the necessarily weighted stories of the girls on the inside, making for a compelling read. (Fiction. 13-15)"
Ferris (Love Among the Walnuts, p. 1115, etc.) chooses an unusual locale—the Girls' Rehabilitation Center, or GRC— for this story about a teenager's attempt to bring herself into focus. Read full book review >

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LOVE AMONG THE WALNUTS by Jean Ferris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A financial subplot and a muddle of characters, defined by their eccentricities, clog the pacing of this throwback, but when the various subplots converge and the happy endings commence, the wrap-up is resounding. (Fiction. 12-14)"
Resembling a Frank Capra or Preston Sturges movie in plot and tone, this fabulistic story from Ferris has an unconventional style and offbeat sense of humor that will delight readers or exhaust them, depending on their tolerance for screwball comedies. Read full book review >

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ONCE UPON A MARIGOLD by Jean Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Fans of Gail Carson Levine's Princess Tales will be in familiar territory here, as well as seventh heaven. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Cold indeed is the heart not made warm by this bubbly fairy-tale romance. Read full book review >

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OF SOUND MIND by Jean Ferris
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 24, 2001

"A quiet story that resonates. (Fiction. 12+)"
Theo's problems are both unusual and ordinary, as the only hearing child in a family otherwise deaf, and as the child of a parent who selfishly forgets who is the adult. Read full book review >

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SIGNS OF LIFE by Jean Ferris
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 1995

"A bittersweet evocation of the mourning process. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dreamed memories of an ancient life that may-have-been and a wistful, would-be romance thaw Hannah's grief over the death of her twin sister, Molly. Read full book review >

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JEAN RHYS by Carole Angier
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1991

"Perhaps Angier's exhaustive but unsorted research will be of value to some future biographer who will do justice to Rhys, a fine writer."
This detailed study of the author of Quartet and Wide Sargasso Sea seems not so much a biography as a collection of annotated note cards and unedited lecture notes. Read full book review >