Search Results: "Jeanne Boylan"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2000

"Should be considered and enjoyed by those in and out of the crime-fighting field."
A dramatic true-crime memoir by America's Most Wanted correspondent Boylan, who is renowned for "profiling" skills, which have resulted in uncanny sketches of notorious criminals (ranging from Polly Klaas's kidnapper to the Unabomber). Read full book review >

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SOPHY AND AUNTIE PEARL by Jeanne Titherington
ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The pictures just aren't loosened up enough to get this fantasy off the ground. (Picture book. 4+)"
A simple story with few surprises. Read full book review >

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EMMA BROWN by Clare Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2004

"Bold and engrossing—but not, in the final analysis, especially convincing."
A vigorously detailed homage to a great 19th-century writer yields mixed results, in Irish author Boylan's unusual eighth novel (following Beloved Strangers, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED STORIES by Clare Boylan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Her own introduction says it best: 'In my short stories, dreams are fragile gladiators in an arena of hoary old lions of reality.'"
Drawn from three previous volumes, these 38 stories written over two decades by Irish author Boylan (Beloved Stranger, 2001, etc.) include "Housekeeper's Cut," a town-mouse/country-mouse variation in which town-mouse Edward has an affair with country-mouse Susan. Read full book review >

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CHARISMA by Jeanne Ryan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 3, 2015

"A sympathetic protagonist combines with intriguing medical possibility for a solid thriller. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
A shy girl grabs an opportunity to change her personality with an illegal genetic transformation. Read full book review >

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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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NAKED WITHOUT A HAT by Jeanne Willis
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"With strong secondary characters and an original final twist, this British story, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread prize, moves slowly at times but ultimately rewards the reader in full measure. (Fiction. YA)"
Will Avery, who's slow, deliberate, and unusually kind to both people and animals, narrates his love story in an unsophisticated voice. Read full book review >

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CAR TROUBLE by Jeanne DuPrau
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"As always, it isn't the destination, it's the getting there that's all the fun. (Fiction. YA)"
Life couldn't be better for just-out-of-high-school Duff Pringle: He's on his way to Silicon Valley for a high-paying job with a tech start-up and the road lies open before him. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A highly selective discography will give readers who want to become listeners a jump start; those seeking more background will want to follow this up with James Lincoln Collier's Jazz (1997). (glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
A busy page design—artily superimposed text and photos, tinted portraits, and break-out boxes—and occasionally infelicitous writing ("Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie became . . . bandleader of the quintet at the Onyx Club, from which bebop got its name") give this quick history of jazz a slapdash air, but Lee delves relatively deeply into the music's direct and indirect African roots, then goes beyond the usual tedious tally of names to present a coherent picture of specific influences and innovations associated with the biggest names in jazz. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS BRAIN/BRIAN by Jeanne Betancourt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Packaged with earnest intent and a somewhat pat outcome, but still a skillfully structured, entertaining story; Brian himself, struggling to redefine himself in terms of his newly discovered potential, is drawn with real insight. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Brian starts school hoping to do better this year, only to mess up by misspelling his own name the first day. Read full book review >

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KATE'S TURN by Jeanne Betancourt
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"More a glimpse of ballet life than the story of one ballerina. (Fiction. 10+)"
Kate's scholarship to ballet school in N.Y.C. seems like the culmination of all her hard work, the launching of dreams come true; but when the rigors of a dancer's life are made clear to her, she returns home to be (she hopes) a normal high-school student. Read full book review >