Search Results: "John Kelly"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 2012

"Roundly researched work with many poignant stories of misery and loss."
A fresh, fair look at the causes of the devastating Irish potato famine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1998

"A step up for stepfamilies, who may not fit exactly into the pigeonholes described but can take comfort and guidance from Bray's findings."
A handbook for blended families that offers some substantive advice, based on a 10-year longitudinal study by Bray, presented with the help of Kelly (co-author, The Secret Life of an Unborn Child, not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Although focusing more on parenthood's agony than its ecstasy, this should nevertheless provide food for thought for anyone who is expecting."
Penn State psychology professor Belsky and writer Kelly team up to produce a lively and realistic appraisal of the crucible of first-time parenthood. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Occasionally unfocused, but redeems itself by putting a vivid, human face on an unimaginable nightmare."
A ground-level illustration of how the plague ravaged Europe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE ON THE EDGE by John Kelly
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 1999

"Sandisfield's story is the most complete and his character and his world the best delineated; by comparison, Conte's story seems sketchy, and the teenager Hochman remains opaque."
The human side of research medicine is the focus of this account of three patients participating in clinical trials of new drugs for the treatment of AIDS and cancer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MYSTERY OF EATUM HALL by John Kelly
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A confection, but a delicious one. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Digital art in an accomplished, painterly style adds both noir atmosphere and plenty of sight gags to this tale of two unsuspecting gourmands who accept an invitation to a weekend's feasting at the home of a mysterious new neighbor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIBERNATION HOTEL by John Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"It won't break the mold of the big-bear-in-the-city trope, but sharp jokes and richness in the details make this book well worth an extended stay. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A fed-up bear takes a break from his annual cave-sleeping routine but finds that his companions and slumber aren't so easily left behind. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKELETON ISLAND by Angie Sage
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 26, 2016

"Come for the ghost. Stay for the pirates. (Fantasy. 7-10)"
A class of school kids on a field trip gets an infusion of piratical machinations in this latest book in a series, following Gargoyle Hall (2015). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHOCKING SCIENCE by Steve Parker
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1996

"Although both a table of contents and an index are provided, they are not always useful: Many of the pages do not include folios, making some flipping back and forth for information inevitable. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
Quirky, humorous, frequently gross anecdotes about science, scientists, inventions, and discoveries fill this book, subtitled ``5,000 Years of Mishaps and Misunderstandings'' and profusely illustrated with busy, weird cartoons in a magazine-like layout. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAMMY FERAL'S DIARIES OF WEIRD by Eleanor Hawkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"'Sammy Feral = dude supreme!' he crows at the end. Forcibly engineered as his ultimate triumph is, he merits a few howls of appreciation for staying so resolutely on task. (Adventure. 9-11)"
Readers afflicted only with pesky sibs should count their blessings: 12-year-old Sammy comes home one day to find his whole family (dog included) turned into a pack of ravening werewolves. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Children aren't the only ones who will 'scoop' this up. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a hilarious caper from the creators of Mystery at Eatum Hall (2004), a nearsighted cub reporter fumbles his way through an investigation, oblivious to the shenanigans going down on every side. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FEARSOME FOURSOME by John Esposito
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 19, 2016

"Neither funny nor frightening, but it will have an audience. (Horror. 8-11)"
Librarian of the Haunted Mansion (and nominal "author") Amicus Ravenswood tries to outfright four 12-year-old tale spinners. Read full book review >