Search Results: "Jeffrey McGowan"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2005

"'If I have done anything to advance the just cause of equality for gay people, it was by accident,' McGowan writes modestly, 'a result of simply finally making the decision to act.' His ringing text shows him acting with vigor."
Rip-sawn memoir by a gay man who "always wanted to be a soldier." Read full book review >

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JEFFREY STRANGEWAYS by Jill Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1992

"Murphy's adept pen drawings add a lot to the fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The author of The Worst Witch (1974) tells a funny story about a medieval 11-year-old whose rescue of the local knight- errant is the result of slapstick-style good luck. Read full book review >

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A SONG FOR JEFFREY by Constance M. Foland
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"For sheer tear-jerking, this is not up to Lurlene McDaniel's formulaic novels, but it has rewarding moments. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a loving, occasionally sentimental story, Dodie is having a hard year: her parents are separated, and heading for divorce; her older brother, once a comrade, now finds her useless; her hopes for the school talent show are squashed by a disastrous tryout; and there is no one her age in the neighborhood. Read full book review >

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MEGAN MEADE’S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS by Kate Brian
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Nonetheless, fans of books like Alex Bradley's 24 Girls in 7 Days (p. 117) will enjoy the escapism—if they can overlook the rather formulaic characterization. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old army brat Megan is sent to live with the McGowans when her parents are transferred overseas. Read full book review >

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THE TWINS JEFFREY AND JEANNE by Jeanne Baier
Released: June 9, 2011

"An effective, if visually undistinguished, tale with a straightforward message of reassurance for children affected by divorce."
A picture book offering the point of view of twins offers affirmation and comfort to young children of separated parents. Read full book review >

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JEFFREY BEAR CLEANS UP HIS ACT by John Steptoe
Released: April 28, 1983

"The sanitation-man is a bore, the teacher is a horror—and if the lesson's supposed to be that kids can't do better, it's not much of one."
The idea behind that slangy title is pretty crude too—but in an almost prissy way. Read full book review >

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ONE BEAR EXTRAORDINAIRE by Jayme McGowan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Now all this story needs is an audience, and it's sure to drum one up. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Themes of inclusivity and individuality will strike chords with readers in McGowan's debut picture book. Read full book review >

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MAID OF DECEPTION by Jennifer McGowan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"This quick-paced romance should thrill and engage readers with a penchant for history. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
McGowan takes up the tale of love and espionage in the court of the first Queen Elizabeth where she left off in her debut, Maid of Secrets (2013). Read full book review >

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MORTAL COIL by Anthony McGowan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 15, 2007

"A shady and literate thriller that oozes down-and-out ambience—and featuring, in the tradition of the best noir, a damaged and ambivalent knight errant."
McGowan's second noir (after Stag Hunt, 2004), set largely in London's seedier precincts and featuring colorful hoods, record-industry sharks, Nietzsche-quoting enforcers and cross-dressing power bassists, is fast-paced, brutal and surprisingly meditative. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"McGowan closes with a macabre little endpiece on the deceptive tranquillity of an English garden that, while truly black of humor, adds a surprising fillip to the lecture. (line art)"
A schoolmasterish exposition on prey/predator survival techniques from University of Toronto zoologist McGowan. Read full book review >