Search Results: "Jeanne Birdsall"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PENDERWICKS IN SPRING by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2015

"Not without some flaws, but overall, another charmer that will generate smiles, tears and fuzzy feelings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A new and darker installment in the acclaimed series about the loving and bustling family. Read full book review >

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THE PENDERWICKS AT POINT MOUETTE by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 10, 2011

"Somewhere, there are families like the Penderwicks. Lucky them. The rest of us just get to read about them. Lucky us. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Music and melodrama waft on the ocean breezes as the Penderwicks spend time on the Maine coast, in the third installment about this charming family. Read full book review >

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THE PENDERWICKS ON GARDAM STREET by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2008

"The rest of the story is a pleasant ramble of a read, replete with well-intentioned scheming, adolescent crushes, horrible homework disasters, soccer, secrets, school dances and lots and lots of literary allusion (and yes, a wedding). (Fiction. 8-12)"
This return to the Cameron, Mass., cul-de-sac home of the Penderwicks—romantic seventh-grader Rosalind, temperamental sixth-grader Skye, dramatic fifth-grader Jane, four-year-old Batty, and their widowed college-professor father, Martin, whom readers met in Birdsall's 2005 National Book Award-winning novel—begins with a visit from his sister, the girls' affable Aunt Claire. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 14, 2005

"Their adventures and near-disasters, innocent crushes, escaped animals, owning-up and growing up (and yes, changes of heart) are satisfying and not-too-sweet. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Echoes of Alcott contribute to the intimate charm of this story of "summer and magic and adventure." Read full book review >

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LUCKY AND SQUASH by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for dog lovers and romantics alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two dogs living next door to each other become friends through the fence separating their backyards, successfully serving as matchmakers for their lonely owners, Miss Violet and Mr. Bernard. Read full book review >

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FLORA'S VERY WINDY DAY by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Emotionally true from cover to cover. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl paints on a low table; her smaller brother reaches out and knocks paint and crayons all over. Read full book review >

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MY FAVORITE PETS by Jeanne Birdsall
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans will want to emulate the style and voice of this funny homework saga. (Picture book. 5-8)"
During the opening scene, in which Gus hands the teacher his report and a wrapped present, kindred spirits will suspect that there's a story behind his extra-dazzling smile. Read full book review >

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NOTES ON A NEAR-LIFE EXPERIENCE by Olivia Birdsall
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"As in life, there is no happily ever after here, just poignant realization that life's circumstances must be worked through and accepted with a great deal of contemplation, understanding and counseling. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Mia's vision of her perfect upper-middle-class family lifestyle abruptly changes with very little warning or explanation when her father moves out. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE EXPOSURE by Bridget Birdsall
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"This necessary story is warmly told but occasionally feels incomplete. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Alyx, an intersex teen, leaves California for Milwaukee to live as a girl for the first time. Read full book review >

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BLUE CHARM by Ben Birdsall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 1996

"Not unpromising, but this debut lacks the energy to deliver more than just a surface view of rural life."
In the rolling cadences and quirky dialect of Ireland's west country, a tepid first novel pursues the magic and emotional depths of rural life—though ultimately offers little more than scenery. Read full book review >

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NERVE by Jeanne Ryan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"If characterization and theme are obvious, the pacing is nevertheless relentless, and readers will find themselves flipping madly to the very last page. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A girl who's always stage crew, never the star, finds herself in the limelight when she's chosen as a finalist in a disturbing Internet-based reality game. Read full book review >