Search Results: "Kaye Umansky"


BOOK REVIEW

SOLOMON SNOW AND THE STOLEN JEWEL by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"Though the Prodigy's over-the-top baby talk is sometimes too nauseatingly cloying to bear, this farce is quirky and fun. (Fiction. 8-11)"
This pseudo-Dickensian sequel to The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow (2005, re-titled in 2007), takes Solly, Prudence and the Infant Prodigy on a quest to rescue Prudence's poacher father from the County Jail. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER SPOON OF SOLOMON SNOW by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Despite some excesses—the Infant Prodigy's speech impediment quickly goes beyond funny to annoying—this over-the-top parody of Oliver Twist-type adventures is a good giggle. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Foundling Solly searches for his origins in a humorously Dickensian world. Read full book review >

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CLOVER TWIG AND THE PERILOUS PATH by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Despite dire warnings, this magical journey winds up being mostly pleasant and perky, just like its heroine. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Resourceful Clover, her witchy (but benevolent) employer Mrs. Eckles, Clover's clumsy friend Wilf and, of course, Mrs. Eckles' sister, the evil Mesmeranza, are all back for another low-key adventure (Clover Twig and the Magical Cottage, 2009). Read full book review >

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CLOVER TWIG AND THE MAGICAL COTTAGE by Kaye Umansky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The fractured-fairy-tale elements will also appeal to independently reading fans of Eva Ibbotson's Which Witch (2000) and Jean Ferris's Once Upon a Marigold (2002). (Fantasy. 9-12)"
A stalwart young girl discovers the secrets of a benign witch's bungalow in this charming middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >

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SOPHIE AND THE MOTHER’S DAY CARD by Kaye Umansky
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"The series continues with an adventure about Sophie and her baby brother in Sophie in Charge (ISBN: 1-56148-478-4). (Easy reader. 5-7)"
Sophie is the third of four bunny rabbit children in this sweetly humorous British import set in an idyllic village comprised of various animal characters. Read full book review >

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THE FORTUNATE ONES by Ellen Umansky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Umansky's richly textured and peopled novel tells an emotionally and historically complicated story with so much skill and confidence it's hard to believe it's her first."
A missing painting connects the lives of Rose, a woman who escaped the Holocaust as a young girl, and Lizzie, a 37-year-old lawyer whose father just died. Read full book review >

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DEMON CHICK by Marilyn Kaye
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The ending is mostly happily-ever-after, but it's a letdown after the promise of Jessica's saving humanity. (Fantasy. YA)"
Hell is banal and parents can be downright malignant, learns politician's daughter Jessica. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 10, 2007

"A surprisingly good fantasy that should appeal to teens, especially those intrigued with reincarnation and destiny."
Rooted in Australian Aboriginal spirituality, this intriguing first in a trilogy describes Earth thousands of years after an apocalypse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 27, 2006

"Definitely not for the kids, but Helltown's not a bad place to visit for the depraved seeking redemption."
A war hero makes his way to Hollywood, where his attempts to become a star are derailed by a world of sex and perversion. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD CIRCUS by John Kaye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Fatally hypnotized by the world it seeks to describe."
Screenwriter/director Kaye (Stars Screaming, 1997) returns with an LA mystery whose resolution isn't as important as the light it sheds on two decades of decadence. Read full book review >