Search Results: "Joanne Reay"


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ROMEO SPIKES by Joanne Reay
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"The prodigious array of characters, every one with his or her own past lives, multiple names and myriad relationships, can be intriguing, but ultimately the throngs bury the essential story in obscurantist detail."
Reay's debut is a steampunk tale of humans, their hunters and the hunters who hunt their hunters. Yes, it's that confusing. Read full book review >

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A PORTRAIT OF EMILY PRICE by Katherine Reay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Pretty writing and a dreamy setting bring focus to an otherwise hazy plot."
On a whim, a restoration artist marries a chef and moves to Italy, where she uncovers hidden artwork and family secrets. Read full book review >

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THE BRONTË PLOT by Katherine Reay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The moral ambiguity makes the story more modern than its premise would suggest—and proves how well its source material holds up over time."
Great works of literature and other priceless antiques populate Reay's (Lizzy & Jane, 2014, etc.) thoughtful tribute to the Brontë sisters. Read full book review >

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THE AUSTEN ESCAPE by Katherine Reay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Thoughtful escapism."
An engineer at a crossroads gains clarity about her past and information about her future on a Jane Austen-themed vacation in Bath, England. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

Young readers lucky enough to encounter both this book and Mordecai Gerstein's What Charlie Heard (2002) may never again hear the sounds of the world around them in quite the same way—they may be listening for music. Read full book review >

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YUM! YUM!! by Joanne Fitzgerald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2007

"The clever way the rhymes are tied together makes this collection stand out above the rest—'Yum, yum,' indeed. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Classic nursery rhymes with food themes are the focus of this delightful compilation. Read full book review >

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FLEABRAIN LOVES FRANNY by Joanne Rocklin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"As a historical novel, this more than succeeds; as a fantasy, it misses the mark. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
An exceptional flea helps a polio-stricken girl in this tale of friendship and acceptance. Read full book review >

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ABOUT A GIRL by Joanne Horniman
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"Lyrical, subtle and lovely, but perhaps more tragic than is really necessary. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In evocative, crafted language, this Australian import chronicles a poignant first romance between two older teen girls. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"Perfect fare for young fans after Miela Ford's Bear Play (1995). (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Ryder supplies two sets of captions in different point sizes—one for younger, the other for more able readers—to a gallery of big, color photos featuring two adorably fuzzy, alert-looking polar bear cubs in this engaging follow up to Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo (2001). Read full book review >

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TYRANNOSAURUS TIME by Joanne Ryder
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"For readers already familiar with such realistic aspects of the dinosaurs' lives, this volume is a must- have. (Fiction. 6-9)"
PLB 0-688-13683-4 Two children uncover a curved, saw-edged fossil and are instantaneously transformed into a living, breathing Tyrannosaurus rex. Read full book review >

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BETWEEN TWO SKIES by Joanne O'Sullivan
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 25, 2017

"O'Sullivan's light touch and restraint will allow readers to follow Evangeline as she stands howling into the wind that howled into her. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Heartache and deracination wrapped in the lyrical sigh of an epic poem unfold into one girl's story of struggle, devastation, and survival. Read full book review >

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BLACKBERRY WINE by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2000

"Sweet and lite."
Harris (Chocolat, 1999) returns with a charming fairy tale for grown-ups, including all those seductive elements of contemporary fantasies: a house in the French countryside, potions and healers with the power to transform, love that is always tender, if seldom convincing. Read full book review >