Search Results: "Joanna Challis"


BOOK REVIEW

PERIL AT SOMNER HOUSE by Joanna Challis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"The anemic mystery indicates that this installment is best approached as a romantic look at the young Daphne before she became a famous author."
A second adventure for Daphne du Maurier and her sister Angela. Read full book review >

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THE  VILLA OF DEATH by Joanna Challis
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"Challis' underwhelming mysteries, loosely based on the novelist's life, put Daphne du Maurier in situations that will later turn up in her novels. In this case, think Manderley."
Obsession with an ancient manor house may be the motive for murder. Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE CLIFFS by Joanna Challis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"Du Maurier becomes the latest luminary to suffer the indignity of being named sleuth by an author in search of a gimmick. Challis (Eye of the Serpent, 2007, etc.) provides ample hints of Rebecca, but no hint of its author's mastery of atmosphere or suspense."
Seeking inspiration to begin her writing career, young Daphne du Maurier visits Cornwall and finds a dead bride-to-be. Read full book review >

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ON THE BUS WITH JOANNA COLE by Joanna Cole
BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 20, 1996

"A book as appealing as any Cole has written, good for recreational readers and report-writers alike. (Autobiography. 10-13)"
A grand autobiography in the Creative Sparks series that is both accessible and entertaining. Read full book review >

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TURNING FOR HOME by Sarah Challis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2003

"Hardly a Booker contender, but an enjoyable bedtime read."
Second novel, first US publication from Britisher Challis: a surprisingly affecting tale about an old lady's (and an old horse's) last chance for the grand life. Read full book review >

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DID YOU EVER SEE? by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Science books for the young can and should do better than this. (Picture book. 3-5)"
This new offering from the Tate Gallery's publishing arm asks simple questions about visual perception, challenging readers to make judgments about relationships between familiar objects. Read full book review >

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DEAR BEAR by Joanna Harrison
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 5, 1994

"Katie might just as well have had this correspondence with her parrot. (Fiction/Picture book. 4-8)"
Katie and the bear who lives under the stairs at her house start a correspondence. Read full book review >

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AMOS JELLYBEAN GETS IT RIGHT by Joanna Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Amos Jellybean knows he's bright (his mum says so), but he still always seems to scramble the many instructions he's given: "So I . . . take my bed downstairs, put it on the table, sit down on my breakfast and eat my clothes." Read full book review >

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MAKE-BELIEVE TALES by Joanna Troughton
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining story that effectively represents the wisdom of the culture from which it comes. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)"
A frequent contributor to the useful ``Folk Tales of the World'' series retells a ``Law Tale'' concerning four animals who bet a rich traveler that they can tell a story the traveler won't believe, thereby providing a frame for a series of amusing tall tales. Read full book review >

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MOGUL by Joanna Shupe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A rapid-fire plot and a smoldering love story produce Gilded Age gold."
A poor little rich girl gets her way by growing up. Read full book review >

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SINCE LAST SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 3, 2014

"Wealth, as seen from someone who's been there, plus romance that rings true equals nicely entertaining chick lit. (Chick lit. 15-18)"
Middle-class Rory and her rich friend Isabel return to continue their romantic adventures in East Hampton. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE QUEEN by Joanna Higgins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Based on actual events and richly immersive in the feel of the period, this effort rises above sometimes-awkward exposition to create a well-rounded, satisfying historical tale. (Historical fiction. 11-14)"
Everyone in New France, a village in Pennsylvania, awaits Queen Marie Antoinette's arrival—as soon as she escapes the French Revolution. Read full book review >