Search Results: "Kelly Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRD HOUSE by Kelly Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Hope at the bottom of the box, not least for more from this talented author."
An intergenerational school project unlocks a Pandora's box of unsettling truths. Read full book review >

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The Wives of Billie's Mountain by Kelly L. Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 2014

"Powerful, historically based novel of survival, beliefs, adaptation and resistance."
An elderly woman reflects on her early years living as a Mormon on the run in author Simmons' absorbing debut novel, based on a true story. Read full book review >

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BERYL by Jane Simmons
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Overall, however, this is too grim to be a great read-aloud for her usual audience and too lacking in nuance to captivate older fantasy fans, so it's likely to have difficulty winning a wide readership. (Animal fantasy. 8-11)"
A brisk tale with black-and-white illustrations sprinkled throughout, this features talking animals, unlikely coincidences, a breathless narrative style and a message about the value of diversity. Read full book review >

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COME ALONG, DAISY! by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The dramatic images can be viewed from a distance, making this an appealing read-aloud for story hours. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This cautionary tale from Simmons explores no new terrain, though the duckling Daisy does. Read full book review >

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EBB & FLO AND THE BABY SEAL by Jane Simmons
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"The third in the Ebb and Flo stories (Ebb and Flo and the New Friend, 1999, etc.), this is a delight to the eye and soul—and a welcome return of a charming character. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ebb dashes to the beach to find the source of an intriguing "wah wah" sound; there, she meets a lost but frisky baby seal, who unlike Mom and Flo, does not object to a romp on the beach in a downpour. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THREE by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The strongest of the series' three volumes, with a tense and harrowing climax. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
The third and final installment of the series that began with Article 5 (2012) ramps up the action as the extremist government cracks down on Ember Miller and her fellow resistance members. Read full book review >

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POOL BOY by Michael Simmons
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2003

"It's no mean feat, rendering a character who is both detestable and sympathetic; Simmons has done this, and hilariously so, his first time out. (Fiction. 12+)"
Brett Gerson has it tough: fabulously rich for 15 years, his life is capsized when his father is jailed for insider trading. Read full book review >

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VANDAL by Michael Simmons
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2006

"Simmons resists easy narrative outs, presenting both Will and readers with the full emotional complexity of a difficult relationship in fine, understated fashion. (Fiction. YA)"
Will has grown up with the shadow of his older brother's violence always looming. Read full book review >

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LOVEDEATH by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 1993

"Enduring stuff—even more memorable than Simmons's novels."
Five darkly erotic short novels that entwine love and death, with horror boosting the sex, by World Fantasy Award winner Simmons (Children of Night, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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Stilettos to Pom-Poms by Sharon Simmons
Released: Feb. 25, 2013

"A conversational, uplifting narrative about attaining physical-fitness goals."
In this memoir, the author shows that age, personal fears or lack of experience doesn't have to derail a dream. Read full book review >

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THE ABOMINABLE by Dan Simmons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Simmons never once blinks in the face of the improbable, and he serves up a lively, eminently entertaining adventure that would do Edgar Allan Poe—and even Rudyard Kipling—proud."
A yeti? Jawohl! Read full book review >