Search Results: "Jean Thesman"


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WHEN THE ROAD ENDS by Jean Thesman
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1992

"An old-fashioned fantasy, really: contrived, but genial, well-told, and engrossing. (Fiction. 10- 14)"
The author of Rachel Chance (1990) spins another likable melodrama about children with a precarious hold on their only home. Read full book review >

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THE STORYTELLER'S DAUGHTER by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Above all, Quinn's story puts a human face a time most readers only know by its namethe Depression. (Fiction 10-14)"
In a compelling novel, Thesman (The Ornament Tree, 1996, etc.) combines a tale rich in family ties and homey comforts with history that is unsettling and unpleasant. Read full book review >

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SUMMERSPELL by Jean Thesman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A solid novel about speaking up. (Fiction. 12+)"
Thesman (Nothing Grows Here, 1994, etc.) paints a convincing picture of a young girl running scared from a life that has suddenly turned chaotic. Read full book review >

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SINGER by Jean Thesman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2005

"Not for every reader, but richly rewarding for those caught in its spell. (Fantasy. YA)"
A gorgeous fantasy by a veteran maker of worlds who offers her own version of the events surrounding the Irish legend of The Children of Lir. Read full book review >

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A SEA SO FAR by Jean Thesman
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"The Rain Catchers (1991). (Fiction. 11-14)"
The lives of two teenage girls, each seeking a connection with her dead mother, intertwine as they recover from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Read full book review >

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THE MOONSTONES by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It's a step back for Thesman (The Storyteller's Daughter, 1997, etc.), who shows better skills and a surer hand with character in all her previous novels. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A contrived romance/mystery with an anticlimactic ending and exaggerated, two-dimensional characters. Read full book review >

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THE ORNAMENT TREE by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Must the story end here? (Fiction. 11-14)"
An orphan's life takes a sharp turn for the better when she becomes a member of her freethinking cousin's household. Read full book review >

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NOTHING GROWS HERE by Jean Thesman
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 30, 1994

"310, etc.) novel is loosely structured and a little too open-ended, but it is a poignant story that easily transcends these slight deficiencies. (Fiction. 9+)"
Seventh-grade narrator Maryanne Russell moves into the Aristocrat Arms, a rundown apartment building in a dubious neighborhood in Seattle. Read full book review >

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CATTAIL MOON by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1994

"Teen readers will find the achievement of this last particularly satisfying, and are sure to enjoy the atmospheric mix of ghost story, mystery, romance, and contemporary problem solving. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Once again, Thesman (Rachel Chance, 1990, etc.) tells a story so engrossing that readers will be glad to suspend the disbelief she always seems to arouse in the logically minded. Read full book review >

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RISING TIDE by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Susceptible readers will come to admire both of these young women, and be swept along on their emotional currents. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In a multi-stranded sequel to A Sea So Far (2001), Kate Keely returns to San Francisco two years after the Great Earthquake, determined to build a new and independent life in a male-dominated society. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN by Jean Thesman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 20, 2002

"Ably done, but without the spark of The Other Ones (1999). (Fiction. 11-13)"
Thesman (Sea So Far, 2001, etc.) proposes an inglorious take on human origins in this tale of a teenager caught between an array of magical creatures protecting one of the last "Darkwoods" on earth, and Hunters bent on destroying it. Read full book review >