Search Results: "Jon Hassler"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STAGGERFORD FLOOD by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"An inessential addition to the chronicles of Staggerford, but addicts won't want to miss it."
A return to the Minnesota hamlet Hassler invented in his much-loved debut, Staggerford (1977), brings back one of its most estimable citizens: retired schoolteacher Agatha McGee, now 80, and as upright and feisty as ever. Read full book review >

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ROOKERY BLUES by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"This may not be Lucky Jim, but it's worthy to be mentioned in the same breath. (First printing of 40,000)"
The eighth novel from the author of the endearing Staggerford series (Dear James, 1993, etc.): a delight about five faculty members who in 1969 start a jazz group at their small Minnesota state college. Read full book review >

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THE DEAN'S LIST by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 1997

"Enormously readable, as sentimental as one might wish it to be: another dependable charmer from one of our most likable and entertaining novelists. (Author tour)"
A sequel to the delightful Rookery Blues (1995), from the popular Minnesota author. Read full book review >

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DEAR JAMES by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Hassler satirizes both Minnesotan and European types, but his affection for his people is evident in the great good humor that's pervasive."
Hassler's seventh (North of Hope, 1990, etc.) again delivers the goods: this time, Agatha McGee (who first appeared in A Green Journey, 1985) travels to Italy to visit her old friend and pen-pal James, a Catholic priest. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Minor work from Hassler (The Staggerford Flood, 2002, etc.)."
Hassler returns to his old stamping grounds of rural Minnesota in two novellas. Read full book review >

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MY STAGGERFORD JOURNAL by Jon Hassler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"But the rest of this could have been saved for the family album."
Hassler (Emeritus, St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SMALL BLUE AND THE DEEP DARK NIGHT by Jon Davis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 26, 2014

"160; Add this original, illuminating book to any stack of in-the-dark, nighty-night anxiety tales right next to the bed, alongside that last glass of water—but leave the door open a crack! (Picture book. 2-6)"
Small Blue (a little bunny) gets a bad case of the middle-of-the-night willies, imagining what spooky creatures might lurk in the dark corners of her home. Read full book review >

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LEO GEO AND HIS MIRACULOUS JOURNEY THROUGH THE CENTER OF THE EARTH by Jon Chad
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2012

"'Science is no walk in the park,' he rightly proclaims. Also: 'Long live geology!' (Graphic fiction/nonfiction hybrid. 7-10)"
The top geologist at the Fizzmont Institute of Rad Science takes a solo journey right through the planet. It's science! With monsters! Read full book review >

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LENORE FINDS A FRIEND by Jon Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Bedlam Farm seems an idyllic spot with a natural appeal to children, who are likely to ask for more about Lenore. (author's note) (Picture book. 4-8)"
Lenore the black Lab befriends a cranky ram named Brutus in another entry in the popular streak of recent stories focusing on unlikely animal pals. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"No fare required for this trip, just a tongue and a cheek in which to put it. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In a droll episode that caters to the beliefs of many Manhattanites, a cabbie discovers that the "other side of town" actually is an alternate universe. Read full book review >

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Z GOES HOME by Jon Agee
by Jon Agee, illustrated by Jon Agee
ABC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"The Z Is Zapped meets Chicka Chicka Boom Boom in this zany abecedarium that zips with zesty creativity. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Z, from the zoo sign, climbs down a ladder and escapes, he travels an alphabetic trek through double-paged scenes where unlikely pairing of words (one per letter) are quixotically juxtaposed: e.g., Z passes ALIEN and crosses BRIDGE (B turned sideways); on a wharf INK is spilled on the JETTY as a man KARATE kicks Z into the water. Read full book review >

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WHO ORDERED THE JUMBO SHRIMP? by Jon Agee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

From Agee (Go Hang a Salami! Read full book review >