Search Results: "Ken Wells"


BOOK REVIEW

JUNIOR’S LEG by Ken Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2001

"Consistently lukewarm plot and painfully tidy conclusion, but Junior's character is strongly written, and Wells's sense of place confers a pleasing authority to his Cajun-style prose."
A mildly interesting concoction from the author of Meely LaBauve (2000), this one featuring a down-and-out roustabout, a Mafia murder, and true love in the heart of a hard man, all of it fed through spicy regional dialect and local coloration. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A heartfelt tribute to badly battered folks whose 'gritty blue-collar pluck,' declares Wells, may yet save their bayou way of life."
Vivid re-creation of Hurricane Katrina's devastating impact on an unusual fishing community outside New Orleans. Read full book review >

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LOGAN’S STORM by Ken Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2002

"Wall Street Journal editor Wells can turn a charming phrase—sometimes to the point of the saccharine—but this last of his bayou trilogy never matures into more than a string of picaresque adventures."
A Cajun alligator hunter goes on the run after standing up to a racist sheriff whose nephew attacked his son. Read full book review >

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CRAWFISH MOUNTAIN by Ken Wells
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2007

"Despite a less-than-formidable villain in Huff, and a tortuously convoluted plot, there's much to entertain and engage crawfish, jambalaya and Dixie beer aficionados, not the least Wells' sharp ear for dialogue and his Cajun nostalgia for the 'forest primeval.'"
Cajuns battle Big Oil to protect their bayou patrimony in Well's farcical fourth (Logan's Storm, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"In the newspaper world they call it 'reporting from the mahogany ridge,' where so many fine stories, social truths, and bits of political wisdom are revealed."
"America's great middlebrow social elixir, and inseparable companion to the sporting and spectator life, the portal to first intoxication, the workingman's Valium, and a leavening staple to the college experience" finds a worthy explicator of its whys and wherefores. Read full book review >

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RASCAL by Ken Wells
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

In this new novel geared toward younger readers, Wells brings back Meely LaBauve, the hero of his young adult trilogy set in the South Louisiana bayous. Read full book review >

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USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE! by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 17, 2015

"Absolutely enchanting—a must-have for the new-sibling shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Sophie, the spirited mouse toddler, is back—navigating sisterhood with mischief and delight. Read full book review >

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FELIX STANDS TALL by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Concise and kid-appropriate language combines with darling drawings (who can resist cute little guinea pigs?) for another feather in Wells' literary cap. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A sweet little story about the power of friendship and learning to stand up—to anyone! Read full book review >

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MAX & RUBY AT THE WARTHOGS' WEDDING by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"The winning illustrations and lighthearted storytelling that made Max and Ruby such a hit are on display; unfortunately, the gimmick distracts from them. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When Max accidentally loses the Warthogs' wedding ring, a treasure hunt ensues, with Ruby leading the way. Read full book review >

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TIME-OUT FOR SOPHIE by Rosemary Wells
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 24, 2013

"Readers will clamor for more of the irrepressible Sophie, while parents will secretly smile—sheer delight. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Sophie gleefully makes mischief until Granny cleverly responds in this soon-to-be favorite about the joys of raising (and being) a toddler. Read full book review >

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MAX’S BUNNY BUSINESS by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2008

"In a story full of sweet eats—not to mention candy-colored artwork—he supplies the palate cleanser of comeuppance. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Wells's Max and Ruby have been mainstays on the young-young reader/listener scene for many years now. Read full book review >

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TIMOTHY’S TALES FROM HILLTOP SCHOOL by Rosemary Wells
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2002

"Be prepared to laugh out loud. (Fiction. 5-8)"
Timothy and his classmates are back in this follow-up to Timothy Goes to School (2001) and they are as heartwarming and true-to-life as ever. Read full book review >