Search Results: "Kerry Schafer"


BOOK REVIEW

WAKEWORLD by Kerry Schafer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Baffling sometimes but enthralling and hugely enjoyable."
Second (Between, 2013) in an urban fantasy series where three worlds—Wakeworld, Dreamworld and Between—are real. Read full book review >

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UP CLOSE: HARPER LEE by Kerry Madden
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2009

"Extensive source notes and an excellent bibliography round out this superb biography, one of the best in the Up Close series. (foreword, index) (Biography. 12 & up)"
Not believing in biographies of living writers, Harper Lee declined to be interviewed for one, but Madden draws on extensive research—including trips to Monroeville, Ala., and interviews with classmates, colleagues and town residents—to explore how Lee's life and times inspired her masterpiece. Read full book review >

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GENTLE’S HOLLER by Kerry Madden
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Though some of the plot elements strain credibility, the graceful, spirited and, above all, sensory richness of the writing make this work stand out. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In her debut for young readers, Madden creates a warmhearted, compelling family drama about the Weems, circa early 1960s. Read full book review >

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AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Greenwood (Murder at Montparnasse, not reviewed, etc.) crafts a passable whodunit, but terrific historic color (complete with a three-page bibliography) and the blithe proto-feminist heroine are the real highlights here."
In 1920s Melbourne, an emancipated sleuth solves a murder at a woman's magazine and rescues her shanghaied lover. Read full book review >

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THE GREEN MILL MURDER by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"Despite the joys of traveling Australia with the delightful Phryne, readers may be somewhat less satisfied by this messy mystery."
Elegant Phryne Fisher visits the Green Mill jazz club with a foppish acquaintance and is once again a witness to murder. Read full book review >

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MEDEA by Kerry Greenwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2013

"Greenwood, best known for her Phryne Fisher mysteries, has written historical novels as well (Out of the Black Land, 2013, etc.). The first of her three Delphic Women series to be available in the United States is an enthralling, sensual, tragic tale packed with historical detail."
A feminist take on Greek legend. Read full book review >

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EARTHLY DELIGHTS by Kerry Greenwood
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Poles apart from Greenwood's popular heroine Phryne Fisher (The Green Mill Murder, 2007, etc.), but equally delightful."
A buxom baker and a handsome man of mystery solve a series of crimes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An accomplished chronicle of the setbacks and successes by a journalist in the trenches."
A committed gay rights journalist thoroughly tracks the president's hard-won "evolution" in embracing the national LBGT agenda. Read full book review >

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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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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 >