Search Results: "Jonathan Odell"


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THE HEALING by Jonathan Odell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Odell (The View from Delphi, 2004) stirs lyricism and sentiment into a well-researched epic of slavery and emancipation that will endear itself to the spirituality inclined."
When the daughter of a woman who has overdosed on a potion meant to induce an abortion comes into former slave Gran Gran's care, she recalls the saga of plantation slaves to whom emancipation eventually came, an exodus for some while others remained rooted to the soil of their captivity. Read full book review >

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THE VIEW FROM DELPHI by Jonathan Odell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"On balance, a promising first effort."
Fast-paced but thoughtful story of a friendship across the racial divide in 1950s Mississippi. Read full book review >

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THE SEA IS RED by Scott O'Dell
Released: Nov. 19, 1958

"Long on action and coincidence, short on credibility, this novel presents a facet of the Civil War that has the merits of being novel if little else."
In 1861 when the novel begins, Kirk Britt is a trader in Port-au-Prince. Read full book review >

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THE KING'S FIFTH by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1966

"Unloose the adjectives for this one: a stunning novel of compelling interest and mounting impact."
The theme of Conquistador betraying Indian, betraying his fellows and inevitably betraying himself, has been given no more powerful expression than in Newbery winner Scott O'Dell's second novel for young people. Read full book review >

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MY NAME IS NOT ANGELICA by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"There are glimpses of intriguing, sumptuous African kingdoms and moments of compelling drama, as when Raisha witnesses the death of a fellow slave; but the story needs more substance to capture the appetites of young readers for this chapter in history."
A 16-year-old slave gift witnesses the 1733 rebellion of slaves against Dutch planters in the Virgin Islands. Read full book review >

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ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

An outstanding new edition of this popular modern classic (Newbery Award, 1961), with an introduction by Zena Sutherland and a dozen compelling full-page watercolor illustrations to enchant new readers and old friends. Read full book review >

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Released: May 12, 1989

A straightforward, rather monotonous account of a classic English murder. Read full book review >

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"An authentic picture of the times, and good reading."
A first novel by a Californian about California a hundred years ago, the setting the settlement which became San Francisco, then a Spanish trading post, a garrison and a Mission. Read full book review >

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THE 290 by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 1976

"The point seems to be that loyalty is more a matter of the heart than of the head, and even that point is made only diffidently and inconclusively, though as usual O'Dell's seamanship and yarnsmanship are impeccable."
As trim a tale as you'd expect from Scott O'Dell, but one more than a little narrow in the beam—just like the Confederate raider Alabama, on which the hero sees action and defeat in the Battle of Cherbourg. Read full book review >

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COUNTRY OF THE SUN by Scott O'Dell
Released: June 28, 1957

"The prospective tourist venturing to the Golden West might do well to glance through."
Following an introduction about the early explorers and foreign powers in Southern California and its emergent status as a part of the United States, we are invited to a historical and anecdotal survey of each of the nine southern California counties. Read full book review >

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TALES FROM THE BACK ROW by Amy Odell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sharply amusing fashion memoir."
The editor of Cosmopolitan.com dishes on the world of haute couture and its "exclusivity, shameless self-promotion, and extreme ideals of what is and isn't beautiful." Read full book review >

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SING DOWN THE MOON by Scott O'Dell
FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1970

"A slender story, a novella really, but telling, though one's commitment is to the cause rather than to the people."
If Bright Morning were to show her pleasure in the river's running, the new spring's signal to take the sheep up to the mesa, or if her people were to shed tears on The Long Walk into captivity, the gods would be displeased: with the same dignity and reserve, Mr. O'Dell makes of her story the Navaho epic of dispossession and endurance. Read full book review >