Search Results: "Katherine Ayres"


BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"With such shaky internal logic, the story collapses under its own weight. (Fiction. 12-14)"
An Ohio teenager abandons family and home to bring an escaped slave's baby to freedom in this handwringer_told in letters and diary entries_from Ayres (Family Tree, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAMILY TREE by Katherine Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"As the world of Tyler's family opens to her, the writing is consistently graceful; the unfolding story will enthrall readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A poignant first novel about a girl's discovery of her father's Amish upbringing and her own family's past. Read full book review >

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MACARONI BOY by Katherine Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"Enough grisly rat details and boyish bravado to keep the boys reading, and enough local color, familial comfort, and historical minutiae for the girls. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Pinning her narrative to a few key historical details, Ayres makes the Pittsburgh Strip during the Depression the setting for Mike Costa's need to find out why his grandfather is so sick. Read full book review >

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SILVER DOLLAR GIRL by Katherine Ayres
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Ayres's (Family Tree, 1996) well-researched story is fun to read, full of spunk, and should teach a gentle lesson or two as well. (author's note) (Fiction. 10-12)"
A 12-year-old Victorian girl turns adventurer during the Colorado silver boom in this engrossing tale set in 1885. Read full book review >

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A LONG WAY by Katherine Ayres
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2003

Historical novelist Ayres uses just 32 words to transport a wrapped gift of enticingly odd shape, and the child who bears it, to Grandma's house. Read full book review >

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UP, DOWN, AND AROUND by Katherine Ayres
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"An inviting introduction to the wonder of plants, food and gardening, this charming selection will be a favorite of teachers, students and home readers alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Inside a colorful garden, some plants "grow up," while others "grow down, and still others grow "around and around." Read full book review >

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HOUR OF THE MANATEE by E.C. Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 17, 1994

"More chase than investigation, really, though Tony's debut is marked by a certain lazy mental competence to match the physical stamina he's going to need."
Socialite Henry Hartley III's former domestic Maureen Fitzgerald, who's been certified for 25 years, barely has time to tell Gulf Coast photographer/p.i. Read full book review >

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A WORLD THE COLOR OF SALT by Noreen Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1992

"Authentic-sounding forensic nitty-gritty, autopsy protocol, and so on—but that jangling, be-bop narrative begins to grate after a while."
Sounding like an uncensored outtake from vintage Hill Street Blues, this introduction to ex-stripper, ex-cop, Orange County forensic specialist Smokey Brandon is tough, hip, visceral, and lusty enough to make both Wambaugh and Spillane sit up and wince. Read full book review >

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WAR REPORTING FOR COWARDS by Chris Ayres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Ayres a coward? Come on, give the guy a medal."
London Times journalist Ayres reluctantly joins the "elite, noble, and fucked-up profession" of Middle East war correspondent in this report from the frontlines. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1999

"Ayres's apocalyptic tone is at odds with his earlier cool scientific rationality, and it may cause some readers to dismiss his well-made glimpse into a difficult future as simply more doomsday-speak."
Carefully researched science journalism and alarmist polemic mingle in an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it treatise. Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF THE PANTHER by E.C. Ayres
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 1997

"A heavily detailed look at roads less traveled, a scary take on the lunatic fringe, some quirky characters, and an unflappable detective—all make the third in this series the liveliest and most readable of Lowell's adventures yet."
The conventional picture of Florida's theme parks, lush condos, and early-bird dinners gets short shrift here as Ayres homes in on southern Florida's alligator-infested Big Cypress Swamp, bordered by hunting preserves, protected state lands, and miles of citrus groves. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"The author's broad-ranging interests and accumulated wisdom will appeal to a wide readership, not just runners and environmentalists."
A leading environmental activist and ultramarathoner uses the 2001 JFK 50 Mile as a staging ground for his reflections on running, aging, and saving the planet. Read full book review >