Search Results: "Jessica Law"


BOOK REVIEW

A HOLE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA by Jessica Law
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"The marble-mouthed song, too-cheerful illustrations and disconnect between the song and setting make this one to skip; for a less busy but still child-friendly look at food chains, try Mick Manning's Snap! (2006). (enhanced CD, not seen; sheet music) (Picture book. 3-6)"
A too-long setup leads readers through a repetitious song that enumerates a marine food chain. Read full book review >

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THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Delightful. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Here's a different Becky Thatcher: She spews spitballs, prefers overalls to dresses, takes dares from boys and tracks down criminals. Read full book review >

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NOOKS & CRANNIES by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A plucky amateur detective, secret passages, exaggerated characters, concealed identities, and dastardly villains equal a swell mystery. (Mystery. 8-12)"
When 11-year-old Tabitha Crum receives a mysterious invitation for a weekend visit with the reclusive Countess of Windermere at Hollingsworth Hall circa 1907, she uncovers a diabolical plot that changes her life. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE BOTTLE BRIDGE by Jessica Lawson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not every mystery is resolved, but readers will likely still be pleased with the outcome. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Twelve-year-old Minna Treat makes a new friend and learns something new about an old one as she grapples with the expectations of family and community in Gilbreth, a small New York town dedicated to the perpetuation of traditional crafts. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"For baseball fans, Law offers a smooth combination of erudition and his obvious love of the sport."
A former Major League Baseball statistical analyst who now writes for ESPN shatters myths about how to accurately measure a baseball player's ability and then explains modern criteria that offer better results. Read full book review >

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CROSS-CHECK by Janice Law
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 17, 1997

A ninth challenge for Anna Peters (Backfire, 1994, etc.) and her Washington-based Executive Security, Inc., comes from the professional sports world. Read full book review >

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THE LOST DIARIES OF IRIS WEED by Janice Law
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A fascinating look at the inner workings of academia, an intense character study, and a tension-filled plot: Law's best so far."
The latest of Law's elegantly written stories (The Night Bus, 2000, etc.) focuses on Jason ("Lars") Read full book review >

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VOICES by Janice Law
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"More thoughtful than its mystery trappings suggest."
Law (The Lost Diaries of Iris Weed, 2002, etc.) crafts a rather melancholy tale featuring a reporter who learns the truth about her childhood kidnapping. Read full book review >

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INFECTED BE THE AIR by Janice Law
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

"Cleverly plotted, swiftly paced escapism that holds the reader to the last page and marks a leap forward from the author's Anna Peters series (The Big Payoff, etc.)."
Sturdy, resilient Alice Bertram is struggling, along with teenage children Doug and Julie, to build a normal life after divorcing brilliant, philandering teacher-writer Max. Read full book review >

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A SAFE PLACE TO DIE by Janice Law
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 17, 1993

"Anna herself provides the only substance here—but it's not enough to carry the blurry, disjointed plot or its burden of off-the-wall characters."
Washington-based p.i. Read full book review >

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BACKFIRE by Janice Law
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 12, 1994

"Nor does the rest of the cast of this easy-to- take page-turner, compounded equally of tabloid headlines and fairy dust."
The police have closed the case of arson that killed wealthy semi-invalid Helena Skane at the Skane family compound outside Washington; they're holding Maria Rivas, the restaurateur Joseph Skane hired to look after his wife. Read full book review >