Search Results: "Kevin McColley"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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 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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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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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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WE DIG WORMS! by Kevin McCloskey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Norma Dixon's Lowdown on Earthworms (2005) digs deeper into the subject, but this lays fertile groundwork for budding naturalists. (Informational picture book. 5-7)"
Beginning readers who tunnel through this upbeat first introduction will "dig" them too. Read full book review >

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DESK STORIES by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Silly and irreverent, this collection, with its comic-book format and sometimes disparaging attitude toward school, is sure to attract an audience. (Graphic short stories. 7-9)"
When it comes to school, backpacks and desks go hand in hand, so it is no surprise that O'Malley has followed his Backpack Stories (2009) with this impertinent look at that standard of classroom furniture, the desk. Read full book review >

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MR. PEEK AND THE MISUNDERSTANDING AT THE ZOO by Kevin Waldron
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"A jaunty but disconcertingly adult read-aloud that could generate, along with a few giggles, a discussion of misunderstandings. (Picture book. 4-8)"
One morning, Mr. Peek, the mustachioed zookeeper, dons his son's small jacket by mistake, pops a button and spends the next hours feeling fat, old and paranoid. Read full book review >

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WEMBERLY WORRIED by Kevin Henkes
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Maybe some mouse therapy is called for. (Picture book. 4-7)"
As a chronic worrier and an extremely anxious young mouse, life is hard for Wemberly. Read full book review >

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LUCKY LEAF by Kevin O'Malley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Youngsters will be able to relate to the young video-gamer, and they'll feel right at home in the comic-book format. (Picture book. 3-8)"
While trying to beat level 20, a young boy's video-gaming gets interrupted by the age-old maternal cry of "Get outside and play!" Read full book review >

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LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE by Kevin Henkes
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The illustrations do an exceptional job of amplifying the text: Lilly dances with excitement, flashes with anger, wanes in remorse, and leaps right off the page with joy. (Picture book. 5+)"
Lilly (Julius, The Baby of the World, 1991, etc.) is back, and in school. Read full book review >