Search Results: "Joyce McDonald"


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SHADES OF SIMON GRAY by Joyce McDonald
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A page-turning plot, good characterization, and very convincing setting will have this suspenseful thriller driving up library circulation. (Fiction. YA)"
It starts with an abnormal spring heat wave that triggers an invasion of spring peepers. Read full book review >

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SHADOW PEOPLE by Joyce McDonald
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Something to think about. (Fiction. YA)"
McDonald's latest starts with a bang when four teenage criminals express their rage by trashing a local souvenir shop, then setting it on fire. Read full book review >

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SWALLOWING STONES by Joyce McDonald
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

The best day of Michael Mackenzie's life becomes the worst when the bullet he exuberantly fires into the air during his 17th birthday party comes down a mile away and kills a man. Read full book review >

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COMFORT CREEK by Joyce McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"McDonald (Homebody, 1991, etc.) has created unforgettable characters in a powerful tale; the setting is authentically evoked while the economic debate could be right out of the headlines of Anytown, USA. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A novel that begins with a lighthearted look at three sisters adjusting to a totally new life evolves into a sadly realistic story about economic dislocation and its effects on individuals, families, and communities. Read full book review >

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DEVIL ON MY HEELS by Joyce McDonald
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

"Gripping historical storytelling. (Fiction. YA)"
The early-1960s setting of a racially divided Florida town has Dove Alderman, 15, morally caught between the Mexican-migrant and African-American orange pickers working her father's grove and her fellow white citizens. Read full book review >

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HOMEBODY by Joyce McDonald
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"The story is told in a fresh, lucid style that effectively dramatizes the familiar situation; Swanson's soft full-color art, reflecting the shadows and evening light in which the cat conceals herself, extends the quietly poignant tone. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The Peebles sneak away from their ramshackle house, leaving a pile of trash and abandoning their dog and cat. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT IGUANA LEFT HOME by Megan McDonald
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"It is full of love, independence, and natural law, and the slice of biogeography can't hurt. (Picture book. 5-9)"
It's not that Iguana is angry or anything. Read full book review >

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THE BONE KEEPER by Megan McDonald
Released: March 1, 1999

"The coloring and textures embody the desert setting in the evening, showing the fearsome cave and sandy shadows that wait to release the mystery of the bones. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From McDonald (Tundra Mouse, 1997, etc.), a haunting, dramatic glimpse of the Bone Keeper, a trickster with special transformational powers. Read full book review >

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SPELLBOUND by Janet McDonald
FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2001

"Although the ending is a little unbelievable and pat, on the whole it's satisfyingly hopeful. (Fiction. YA)"
Raven Jefferson is 16 and lives with her mother in a housing project in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

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PROJECT GIRL by Janet McDonald
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Powerful and painful reminder of the enormous gap between the culture of an inner-city black ghetto and middle-class white America—one so wide that education alone cannot be counted on to bridge it."
Anger-filled memoirs, partly straight narrative and partly excerpts from a journal, of a professional black woman whose journey from a low-income housing project in Brooklyn to a law office in Paris is replete with violence, hostility, and alienation. Read full book review >

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SONG CATCHER by Graham McDonald
Released: Oct. 3, 2012

"Full of adventure, Lakota culture and music—a worthwhile tale."
A Native American woman's search for the beauty of music and her culture. Read full book review >

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FLETCH REFLECTED by Gregory Mcdonald
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"And the younger Fletch is the dumbest audience-broadening stunt since Paul Drake Jr."
A week after getting his legendary rogue journalist father I.M. Fletcher to help complete and file his exposÇ of the white-supremacist Tribe (Son of Fletch, 1993), Jack Fletcher Faoni is already infiltrating another shuttered little society. Read full book review >