Search Results: "Kevin McColley"


BOOK REVIEW

KEVIN by Paul Kupperberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 18, 2013

"A bubble-gum problem novel for gay preteens which may be innovation enough to warrant purchase. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Though he's president of his class now, Riverdale High's Kevin Keller was a middle school mess. Read full book review >

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SWITCH by Kevin McColley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1997

"A dank tale, admirable in its attempt to portray epilepsy realistically, but otherwise awkward and impossible to enjoy. (Fiction. 12+)"
An epileptic teenager struggles with his disease and the kidnapping of an acquaintance, Ö la Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, in this sobering mystery from McColley (Sun Dance, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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SUN DANCE by Kevin McColley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"But the narration is heartfelt, and if the book is occasionally derivative, it's still extremely sincere. (Fiction. 12+)"
A coming-of-age novel with a 14-year-old protagonist, Randy, who takes after Holden Caulfield (right down to his favorite expressions, e.g., ``What a bunch of phonies'' and ``That just kills me''), has a yen for Native American metaphysics (a Sioux Indian in spirit), and is surrounded by a supporting cast of riffraff out of an Elmore Leonard novel. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE by Kevin McColley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2000

"The intelligent, compassionate, and talented McColley does his best to arouse sympathy for his beset young protagonist, but the later chapters are such a catalogue of horrors that readers are unlikely to be persuaded."
A horrific tale by the author of Praying to a Laughing God (1998) about guerrilla fighting during the Civil War, featuring monsters on both sides. Read full book review >

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PRAYING TO A LAUGHING GOD by Kevin McColley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"Well done, indeed."
A YA author (Switch, 1997, etc.) crosses over into adult fiction with a richly told tale of a buried crime in tiny Credibull, Minnesota. Read full book review >

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PECKING ORDER by Kevin McColley
FICTION
Released: March 30, 1994

"Not only the lowest chicken in the pecking order but also Tom's father is destroyed; unfortunately, the symbolism's implications aren't followed through logically, leaving the reader with too many unanswered questions. (Fiction. 12+)"
Tom Morrell comes from a long line of farmers, each illuminated by some flash of fame and excitement—except Tom's father. Read full book review >

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THE WALLS OF PEDRO GARCIA by Kevin McColley
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"Still, a thoughtful story, crafted with ingenuity—a promising first. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Pedro, 12, prides himself on being a man who's worked on Se§or de Lupe's estate beside his grandfather, Miguel, for six years. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"If shared one on one as a jumping-off point for discussion, some Asperger children may find this effort amusing, but it's a poor choice otherwise. (foreword) (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this Australian import, Kevin, a grade schooler with Asperger Syndrome takes the world too literally, a problem depicted in brief language and simple illustrations. Read full book review >

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KEVIN KEEPS UP by Ann Whitehead Nagda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"With a winning protagonist and an enjoyable cast of characters, Kevin's story makes for a fresh and entertaining chapter book likely to please transitioning readers and give children with ADHD a character to whom they can easily relate. (Fiction. 7-10)"
A boy who just can't stay on track finds himself facing his biggest challenge ever. Read full book review >

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A PUPPY FOR KEVIN by Liesbet Slegers
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2013

"A sweetly positive new-pet primer. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Aimed at very young readers, a book that's all about caring for a new best friend. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A feel-good, bittersweet memoir with few surprises."
Veterinarian Vogelsang pays tribute to the dogs that have played important roles in her life and professional practice. Read full book review >

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KEVIN AND HIS DAD by Irene Smalls
Released: April 1, 1999

"Hays's artwork is wistful and idyllic, just as this day is for one small boy. (Picture book. 5-8)"
There is something profoundly elemental going on in Smalls's book: the capturing of a moment of unmediated joy. Read full book review >