Search Results: "Jon Nichols"


BOOK REVIEW

MAPLE & WILLOW'S CHRISTMAS TREE by Lori Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A charming addition to a winning series. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fourth entry in the Maple & Willow series finds the sisters excited about Christmas preparations, especially getting their first real Christmas tree. Read full book review >

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MAPLE by Lori Nichols
Kirkus Star
by Lori Nichols, illustrated by Lori Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"An arboreal homage perfect for children reveling in alone time or reeling with a new sibling's arrival. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A little girl and a tree grow up together in this sweet debut. Read full book review >

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MAPLE & WILLOW TOGETHER by Lori Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Strong sibling bonds are perfectly described through spare language and artwork as lush as a forest of maple and willow trees. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Maple and Willow do just about everything in sweet, sisterly symbiosis. Read full book review >

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FOWL PLAY by Travis Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Amusing to the point of provoking an inquiry. Really, it's the bee's knees. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Idioms get a run for their money in this good-humored and stimulating piece of wordplay from Nichols. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW MEETS THE MAN by Travis Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A light-hearted tale of a likable kid trying to be cool and survive high school at the same time. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Matthew Swanbeck takes on "The Man" in this humorous slice of high-school life. Read full book review >

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DEEP WATER  by Katherine Nichols
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"A true but lackluster tale of teenage drug smugglers. (bibliography) (Nonfiction. 14-18)"
A multimillion-dollar drug-smuggling operation led by a high school Spanish teacher thrived in Southern California throughout the 1970s until it was brought down by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Read full book review >

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HANDYMAN by Linda Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2000

"No-load, feel-good fiction that all but melts in the mouth, which is fine for those who like their romance dished up smooth and easy."
Mix a sweet-faced single mom in distress, a sympathetic building contractor with the best of intentions, and a rich quack's quick-fix therapy idea—and what do you get? Read full book review >

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Peas And Hambone Versus Flesh-Eating Zombie Gorillas by Todd Nichols
Released: Nov. 9, 2013

"A clever series starter sure to leave readers wanting more Peas and Hambone adventures."
A boy and his dog face off against a horde of zombie gorillas in this action-packed adventure by debut author Nichols. Read full book review >

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OFF WE GO INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER by Travis Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"A promising premise, but the experimental approach dulls much of the natural drama."
Nichols, an editor at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, wields a dramatically off-kilter viewpoint in his debut novel about wars and the men who fight them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"A sharp analysis of an increasingly pressing problem, but Nichols falls short of proposing a satisfying solution."
Some fresh twists on a familiar theme: the dumbing down of America amid the defiant distrust of expertise. Read full book review >

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MAPLE & WILLOW APART by Lori Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2015

"Ideal for sharing with sibling pairs about to be parted by the first day of school. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Two sisters must adjust to being apart when one starts kindergarten. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Geared to musicians with a passion for shredding, the work's coolest message is, 'You came to rock, so ROCK!' (Nonfiction. YA)"
In a breezy but firm tone, Nichols dispenses his message of what being in a self-made band is all about—definitely not a gig for conceited poseurs craving audience adoration. Read full book review >