Search Results: "Jean Little"


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WILLOW AND TWIG by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Emotionally absorbing, with a somewhat convenient ending, but satisfying all the same. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A sad and unfortunate situation of child abandonment and abuse is turned around in a consuming story that offers realism, hope, and psychological fortitude. Read full book review >

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DANCING THROUGH THE SNOW by Jean Little
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"While this could have been a tearjerker—the depth of suffering Min has endured is enormous—there is sufficient humor and excitement to leaven and relieve the pathos. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Having lived with foster families since she was abandoned at age three, Min knows how to protect herself from the pain of not being wanted. Read full book review >

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THE BELONGING PLACE by Jean Little
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

A young Scottish orphan suffers doubts about the completeness of her acceptance into her adopted family in this pointed but comforting novel, set in the middle of the 19th century. Read full book review >

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HIS BANNER OVER ME by Jean Little
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The book becomes steadily more difficult to put down; the ease with which the narrative unfolds, the confidence with which Little avoids unnecessary explanations, and the sense of authority with which she takes any liberty she wantsit's extraordinary. (Fiction. 11+)"
From the author of Bats About Baseball (p. 713) and so many other works, another example of exceptional storytelling, unforced and powerful. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 26, 1986

"All told, a welcome and important addition to the Rhys canon."
What may be the comprehensive Rhys short-story collection: a republication of the stories included in The Left Bank (1927); Tigers are Better-Looking (1969), and Sleep it Off, Lady (1976) as well as three stories that have not been previously issued in book form. Read full book review >

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GRUNTLE PIGGLE TAKES OFF by Jean Little
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Eve Bunting's The Wednesday Surprise is a more engaging take on this theme. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A thinly disguised tract on literacy is made more palatable by some amusing bits in text and illustration. Read full book review >

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REVENGE OF THE SMALL SMALL by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Another solidly entertaining family story from this fine Canadian author. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-8)"
Though her older sister and brothers tease her relentlessly, Patsy Small is magnanimous: when they have chicken pox, she brings Jim drinks, loans Jane her favorite book, and gives Hugo a toy for his hamster. 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 >

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PRACTICAL JEAN by Trevor Cole
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"A shudder-inducing satire that meditates more on the dysfunctions of the living than on the tragedies of the dead."
A mourning suburban daughter takes out her grief via murder. Read full book review >

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GLORIA JEAN by Scott and Jan MacGillivray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"A must read for film buffs, and will hopefully stimulate further discussion of Gloria Jean's work."
The first full-length biography of a gifted film and singing star of the ‘40s and ‘50s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"But it does reveal a complete and satisfying picture of a complex age of transition for Western Europe."
Duchàne, Monnet's aide and a correspondent for The Economist, here sets out to chart the remarkable, if somewhat obscure, life of the architect of the European Community and also—a lesser-known fact—of America's wartime munitions effort. Read full book review >

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EMMA’S YUCKY BROTHER by Jean Little
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A first choice for most libraries and an excellent book to recommend to families with adopted or foster children. (Easy reader. 4-8)"
The very best easy readers also succeed as picture books or read-alone fiction that a child would choose to read as an entertaining story rather than an educational exercise. Read full book review >