Search Results: "Jo Brans"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1993

"92 special, Brans fails to entertain with any fresh observations on food or foodies or to rise above the generally banal level of the genre."
Brans (Take Two, 1989, etc.) turns here to culinary autobiography but lacks the personality or style to make a unique mark. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN TWINE by Jo Rioux
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Action-packed, easy to follow and featuring a cast of monsters inimical and otherwise, along with a winningly intrepid heroine. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
A would-be tamer of monsters hooks up with a diminutive would-be monster in this auspicious series opener. Read full book review >

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MAKING OLD STORIES NEW WITH DONNA JO NAPOLI
by Julie Danielson

Adventure, magic, love, and betrayal. That’s what the sub-title of Donna Jo Napoli’s newest book, Tales From the Arabian Nights, promises readers. In this ambitious and handsomely-designed collection, illustrated by Christina Balit, Napoli gathers a selection of these ancient stories, 45 of the original 1,001 “nights.” Her respect for the legendary tales is evident in not only her ...


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READ BETWEEN THE LINES by Jo Knowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 10, 2015

"A fascinating study of misperceptions, consequences and the teen condition. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Over the span of one day, Knowles' novel offers glimpses into the intertwined lives of nine teens and one high school teacher. Read full book review >

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LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Readers will be behind Josh all the way. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this delightful and moving follow-up to Jumping Off Swings (2009), 17-year-old Josh moves away from his hometown and in with his ever-sanguine uncle to avoid confronting a crisis of his own making. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF BABIES by Jo Foord
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Large enough to share with a toddler group. (Picture book. 0-4)"
Winsome color photos silhouetted on a clean white ground show babies and toddlers in 11 activities from ``Making Faces'' to ``Sleeping,'' captioned by an uncredited, undistinguished rhyming text that serves to relate language to image. Read full book review >

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STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS by Jo Knowles
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A poignant window and mirror into the lives of families affected by a health disorder. (Fiction. 11-14)"
For eighth-grader Noah, juggling school, friends, and hormones would be simple enough. Unfortunately, there is also the Thing We Don't Talk About, which looms over his family life. Read full book review >

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CHANGELINGS by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"But through their scars, the Castlemere triumvirate of Shapiro, Graham, and Donovan has acquired an emotional depth that pushes this series to the front ranks of British procedurals."
Sent off on a holiday to recuperate from a near-fatal attack (The Hireling's Tale, 1999), Castlemere CID sergeant Cal Donovan has barely maneuvered his narrow boat ten miles up the canal from home when delirium from pneumonia sets in. Read full book review >

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BROKEN LINES by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1999

"Solidly readable, divertingly different."
There's a surge of excitement in the quiet town of Castlemere, where Superintendent Frank Shapiro runs the police department with the help of Inspector Liz Graham and motorcycle-riding Detective Sergeant Cal Donovan (No Birds Sing, etc.). Read full book review >

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CRITICAL ANGLE by Jo Bannister
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1999

Critical Angle ($25.00; Jul.; 224 pp.; 0-7278-2288-8): Severn House's reprint program (Unlawful Entry, 1998, etc.) continues with this non-series novel, originally published in the US as Shards (1990), in which the author of the Castlemere procedurals (Broken Lines, p. 105) takes wounded photojournalist Mickey Flynn to Israel to photograph a PLO training camp—and, it could be, to get used in a deeper game than he understands. Read full book review >

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BREAKING FAITH by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"A brilliant example of how to bring a genre cliché to life, as Bannister uses the case of the long-dead woman to tighten the screws mercilessly on the detectives along with the suspects."
An eight-year-old corpse that won't stay buried sparks shattering revelations for professional finder Brodie Farrell and her best friend, agoraphobic math tutor Daniel Hood (Reflections, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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CLOSER STILL by Jo Bannister
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Each one of Brodie's cases (Flawed, 2007, etc.) is an original. Her eighth looks beyond her tormented regulars to the big picture—a calculated risk that doesn't quite pay off."
Brodie Farrell, owner of the Looking for Something? detective agency, and her choleric ex-lover, Det. Supt. Jack Deacon, compete once more to catch a killer whose crime has wildly unintended consequences. Read full book review >