Search Results: "Kenneth Calhoun"


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BLACK MOON by Kenneth Calhoun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"Calhoun writes beautifully, though the novel is occasionally slow-moving—and thus, ironically, becomes a cure for insomnia."
A novel about insomnia and dreams, and thus, almost by definition, it's surreal. Read full book review >

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ARIA OF THE SEA by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Elegant cover illustration, too. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A gifted teenager agonizes over career choices while learning to separate her desires from those of others in this leisurely ballet-school fantasy from the author of Firegold (1999). Read full book review >

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THE PHOENIX DANCE by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Though the two genres don't blend seamlessly and the theme is spelled out too often, the piece is creative, moving and surprisingly organic. (author's note) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
One girl, 12 princesses and a metaphorical phoenix cycle back and forth from the Kingdom of Brilliance (mania) to the Kingdom of Darkness (depression) in this daring combination of a Grimm's fairy tale and an introduction to bipolar disorder. Read full book review >

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FIREGOLD by Dia Calhoun
Released: May 1, 1999

"This is Calhoun's first YA novel, and although it is overlong, with balky patches, she neatly joins the psychological and adventurous aspects of a boy's journey to adulthood with its more enigmatic side. (Fiction. 13-15)"
A heartfelt, emotionally trenchant coming-of-age adventure with a lightly mystical bent.Life would be wonderful for twelve-year-old Jonathon Brae if he weren't cursed with "loony blues," azure eyes that cause the brown-eyed, orchard-growing Valley people to regard him with fear and suspicion. Read full book review >

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EVA OF THE FARM by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"Fans of Karen Hesse will welcome this partner in poetry. (Verse novel. 10-13)"
"[W]hoever heard of a heroine-poet?" Read full book review >

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WEDDING TOASTS I'LL NEVER GIVE by Ada Calhoun
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 16, 2017

"Calhoun ends with a toast that she actually would give, and it's wise and lovely."
True love never runs smooth according to these essays, which could pass as a memoir of the author's own marriage. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE RIVER THE SUN by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 9, 2013

"A quiet testament to readers who relish the beauty of language over action. (Verse novel. 9-12)"
A boy draws on Arthurian legend to ease his grief in this companion verse novel to Eva of the Farm (2012). Read full book review >

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AVIELLE OF RHIA by Dia Calhoun
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Calhoun overuses the word 'evil' and sometimes fumbles her earnest messages about race and gender, but the narration is appealingly visual and the characters full of heart. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Spirited characters and vividly multi-hued descriptions buoy unsubtle politics in this terrorism/racism tale. Read full book review >

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BLUE-RIBBON HENRY by Mary Calhoun
Released: May 1, 1999

"Ingraham's illustrations capture all of the highlights and atmosphere of a county fair in the summertime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-688-14675-9 Blue-Ribbon Henry (40 pp.; $16.00; PLB $15.93; May; 0-688-14674-0; PLB 0-688-14675-9): Calhoun and Ingraham (Henry the Sailor Cat, 1994, etc.) welcome readers to the hustle and bustle of a county fair where Buttons, the dog, and Henry, the cat, are entered into a pet show. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"Rather than a nostalgic lament, this revelatory book celebrates an indelible cultural imprint."
An illuminating stroll through the decades of one of the most culturally significant streets in America. Read full book review >

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KENNETH KRAEGEL: BY THE SEAT OF HIS PANTS
by Julie Danielson

Most people of all economic stripes, I would venture to say, have had the experience of owning that one piece of clothing that makes them feel utterly comfortable and happy when they wear it. Maybe it fits just right; maybe it has the perfect pockets in just the right places; or maybe they know they look good in it. This ...


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