Search Results: "Kerry McCluskey"


BOOK REVIEW

TULUGAQ by Kerry McCluskey
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2014

"Closer to ethnology than storytelling but still a thought-provoking glimpse of how nature and myth mix. (Folklore. 11 & up)"
A treasury of anecdotes about this smart and mysterious bird—gathered over years from residents of northern Canada and Alaska and paired to evocative photographs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INDIA THE SHOWSTOPPER by Kerry Argent
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"The plot doesn't really hang together, but the all-animal cast, which is posed on two legs, dressed in circus garb and placed right up front in every scene, will draw young audiences out of their seats to check out the circus action. (Picture book. 6-8)"
India the harmonica-playing elephant is so used to being the star of the Big Top that even though the circus is failing, she doesn't take kindly to the arrival of a new trainer. Read full book review >

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THE LAST WEAPON by Matthew McCluskey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Fun and frantic, with ample scientific backing."
In McCluskey's ((Physics and Astronomy/Washington State University; Dopants and Defects in Semiconductors, 2012) debut novel, a levelheaded professor and a corrupt business tycoon go head-to-head over a "failed" experiment, which, in fact, has the potential to destroy the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INTRUSION by Mary McCluskey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2016

"Haunting and lyrical, understated and true."
A couple mourning the death of their teenage son in a freak accident confront past secrets while facing the uncertain future of their marriage in McCluskey's debut. Read full book review >

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JESSIE’S MOUNTAIN by Kerry Madden
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A fitting end to the trilogy, Madden has created a heartwarming family story bursting with love and mountain music. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Madden brings the struggling yet loving Weems family refreshingly to life in her third story in the Maggie Valley trilogy following Gentle's Holler (2005) and Louisiana's Song (2007). Read full book review >

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LOUISIANA’S SONG by Kerry Madden
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2007

"This second of three Maggie Valley stories is a celebration of artists and words, and, though somewhat idealized, Madden's fluid and heartfelt storytelling will leave young readers looking forward to more. (Fiction. 10+)"
In an engaging sequel to Gentle's Holler (2005), Madden continues the story of the Weems family, and brings painfully shy and artistically talented 11-year-old Louise, the fourth of ten children, into sharper focus: "It's only folks that scare Louise, not storms or snakes." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH AT VICTORIA DOCK by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 30, 2006

"More romantic adventure than mystery, though feisty Phryne (Ruddy Gore, 2005, etc.) does keep the reader amused."
Australia in 1928 may be fraught with labor and economic problems, but that's no excuse for murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Repetitive, strained and gratingly self-righteous."
Cohen (Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity, 2008, etc.) wants her readers to understand the process of raising an autistic child. Despite her good intentions, she has trouble adhering to her topic and including relevant details. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FORBIDDEN FRUIT by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2010

"Like Corinna's earlier adventures (Trick or Treat, 2009, etc.), this episode is cleverly written and chock full of charming characters, interesting puzzles and luscious descriptions of food with appended recipes."
A talented baker and her circle of unusual friends find themselves with a puzzle to solve that echoes many of the features of a much earlier Christmas story. Read full book review >

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MAD MORGAN by Kerry Newcomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2000

"Flagrant overwriting, derivative plotting: a swashbuckler indeed."
Once again, the prolific Newcomb (coauthor: The Ghosts of Elkhorn, 1982, etc.) rounds up black-hearted villains, lionhearted heroes, and bosomy beauties for his 30-plus action-adventure tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH ECHO by Kerry Tucker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 1993

"Messy complications—it's really a juicy secret—are hoarded until the very last minute; not even engaging Libby can overcome the resulting imbalance between leisurely sleuthing and suddenly torrential returns."
After a visit to her long-distance boyfriend Dan Sikora back in Ohio, photojournalist Libby Kincaid (Still Waters, Cold Feet) promises Dan's old girlfriend Pam Bates that she'll return to investigate her stepmother Lydia Butcher's sudden strange behavior—refusing to leave her house, spending hardly any of her money—in exchange for an exclusive interview with Lydia's reclusive, newly famous sister Mavis Skye Nihiser, 80-something author of homespun bestseller The Tree of Life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEAVENLY PLEASURES by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2008

"Down-to-earth Corinna's second (Earthly Delights, 2007) is a congenial whodunit peopled by charmingly quirky characters and adorable cats."
What do a mysterious new tenant in a Roman-style Melbourne apartment house and a case of sabotaged chocolates have in common? Read full book review >