Search Results: "K. Bryant Smalley"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 2013

"A flawed but useful call to arms in the fight against childhood obesity."
A chronicle of the painful, long-term effects of being a "fat kid." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLLY by Amy Bryant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Polly isn't boring, but her romantic angst is—and that's the author's unfortunate focus."
An insecure teenager meanders her way through a series of boyfriends in the 1980s, in Bryant's debut. Read full book review >

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SINS OF THE FATHERS by Mark Bryant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Just the gift for parish priests who find Andrew Greeley a little too threatening."
Clerical crime, not clerical detection—so don't expect to see Father Dowling or Blackie Ryan. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS by Clora Bryant
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"An important book for jazz historians, but it could have been so much more. (b&w photos, not seen)"
With a long list of editors, this oral history is the product of a committee, composed mostly of musicians who lived and worked in Los Angeles during the heyday of the Central Avenue jazz scene. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF ... HOW? by Ray Bryant
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"A closing glossary and pop quiz don't make these empty calories any more intellectually nourishing. (Informational pop tarts. 8-11)"
Designed for short attention spans and impulse buys, this sourceless, authorless (Jo Connor is listed on the copyright page as originator of the concept) Q&A poses and answers a variety of science queries in no discernible order ("How did ancient Egyptians preserve their dead? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EARTH KITCHEN by Sharon Bryant
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2002

"Despite these flaws, this is a suspenseful and thought-provoking piece of fiction and a promising debut. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Twelve-year-old Gwen's loving aunt has placed her in an institution. Read full book review >

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PIECES OF GEORGIA by Jen Bryant
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 11, 2006

"The moment in which she finds out who gave her the museum membership is moving and lovely and is the perfect signature on this affecting work of art. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sometimes novels-in-verse allow a kind of calligraphic freedom of description and emotion, as in this gentle story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRIAL by Jen Bryant
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2004

"An author's note provides such a cogent post-trial follow-up that readers may find themselves wishing the trial itself had been granted a nonfiction treatment rather than being filtered through fiction. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The eponymous trial is that of Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the accused kidnapper of the Lindbergh baby. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCRETIA MOTT by Jennifer Bryant
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Useful. (b&w photos, not seen, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
Mott may be best known as one of the founders of the women's movement, but she really spent most of her life fighting for the abolition of slavery. Read full book review >