Search Results: "Kimberly Willis Holt"


BOOK REVIEW

DINNER WITH THE HIGHBROWS by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2014

"Like the central meal it features, this clever concoction will likely please some preschool palates, but it may take slightly older and more sophisticated readers to easily digest the combination of fun foolishness and explicit advice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
An invitation to have dinner with a friend's family leads to an unpredictable evening for a young boy. Read full book review >

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DEAR HANK WILLIAMS by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"Soulful and satisfying. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Tate has gumption, and it's a good thing: She's the only one who has faith in her ability to sing—except for her little brother, Frog, and everyone seems surprised whenever Tate mentions him. Read full book review >

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THE LOVE SONG OF A. JEROME MINKOFF by Joseph Epstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2010

"Epstein writes with intelligence, wit and flair—highly recommended."
Achingly beautiful stories of growing old, searching for meaning and facing death. Read full book review >

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MY LOUISIANA SKY by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"Tiger, with her warring feelings, is a believable and likable narrator, and while the offerings of big-city living are too patly rejected, a well-developed setting and fully-realized characters make this an unusually strong coming-of-age story. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In her first YA novel, Holt gives a fresh theme sensitive and deliberate treatment: The bright child of "slow" parents comes to terms with her family's place in the community. Read full book review >

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THE WATER SEEKER by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2010

Holt infuses the American pioneer landscape with a hint of magical realism in this intimate and epic coming-of-age tale. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Still, for its sense of family history, this is worth a spot in large collections, especially, of course, in Louisiana. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In 1939, Rose McGee's Papa leaves, and Momma moves the family from Amarillo, Texas to the Louisiana bayou where she grew up. Read full book review >

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KEEPER OF THE NIGHT by Kimberly Willis Holt
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"Stunningly beautiful. (Fiction. 10+)"
In a series of exquisitely presented snapshots, a young teen struggles to cope with the aftermath of her mother's suicide. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The events of the story combined may seem no larger than a pebble underfoot, yet the characters tug at readers, gaining steadily their attention and affection. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Holt reinvents the coming-of-age story, breathing life into a quirky cast of characters that inhabits the enervated town of Antler, Texas. Read full book review >

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SKINNY BROWN DOG by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

"A tasty treat for reading aloud that should get a rave reception. (Picture book. 5-8)"
After a scrawny stray wanders into his bakery, Benny the polar bear lures the well-dressed dog out with a piece of bread and the words, "A bakery isn't anyplace for a dog." Read full book review >

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PIPER REED GETS A JOB by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"This is another successful entry in what has become a solid chapter-book series. (Fiction. 8-10)"
To earn money for a clubhouse where she and her friends can meet outside her crowded home, fifth grader Piper Reed sets herself up as a party planner, substitutes for her babysitting older sister and illustrates her younger sister's book. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN CADILLAC LIGHT by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"While this is inherently nostalgic and tenderhearted, it never becomes maudlin and it will be welcomed by fans of Holt's 1999 National Book Award-winning When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Moon, Texas, in 1968: the year that 11-year-old Jaynell's widowed Grandpap moves in. Read full book review >

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BLOOMING AT THE TEXAS SUNRISE MOTEL by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Endearing and imperfect, Stevie establishes immediate rapport with readers. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Thirteen-year-old Stevie thought her mother's father was dead—until her parents' unexpected deaths result in her traveling from New Mexico to her grandfather's motel in Texas. Read full book review >