Search Results: "Laura Hemphill"


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BUYING IN by Laura Hemphill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A solid, suspenseful Wall Street tale."
Debut novelist Hemphill successfully portrays life working at a big bank. Read full book review >

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HIDEOUS LOVE by Stephanie Hemphill
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A bleak but riveting portrait of the artist as a young woman. (author's note, biographical notes, Shelley bibliography, suggested reading) (Poetry. 13 & up.)"
A fictionalized verse biography of the tortured genius behind Frankenstein. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: March 13, 2007

"A must for any young-adult reader of poetry or Plath. (Fiction/poetry. 12+)"
Perhaps at this literary juncture, where novelists supply bibliographies for their fiction and memoirists fictionalize to liberate certain "truths" and dramatize their memories, a "verse portrait" seems entirely in order. Read full book review >

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SISTERS OF GLASS by Stephanie Hemphill
Released: March 27, 2012

"A fiery, feminist love story young teens, particularly girls, should just devour. (Verse novel. 11 & up)"
Love and conventional roles for women collide in this page-ripping tale from 15th-century Venice. Read full book review >

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RUNAROUND by Helen Hemphill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2007

"A fine follow-up to her excellent debut, Long Gone Daddy (2006). (Fiction. 10+)"
Eleven-year-old Sassy Thompkins, obsessive reader of romance magazines, dreams of her first kiss, but when it actually happens, she ends up beating up the poor boy. Read full book review >

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LONG GONE DADDY by Helen Hemphill
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 31, 2006

"Wryly funny, this first novel relies a bit too much on hillbilly diction and unusual events, but Hemphill is still a writer with promise. (Fiction. YA)"
It's the dead body of his grandfather that Harlan sees on the porcelain table in the morgue where he lives and works to escape confrontation with his evangelistic preacher father, Harlan P. Never having seen Grandfather Harlan O before, Harlan Q decides to head home and see how the family will react. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"But despite his unsuccessful hunt for bigger game, Hemphill provides some marvelous character sketches of Southern poverty and culture blended neatly together in black and white."
A glimpse inside a Southern pocket of rural America that time seems to have passed by. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"A fascinating slice-of-life profile of one of America's most popular, yet least appreciated, sporting spectacles."
Hemphill (Leaving Birmingham, 1993) does his homework, leaving almost no stone unturned in this intriguing look at the 1996 season on the NASCAR stock—car circuit. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTUROUS DEEDS OF DEADWOOD JONES by Helen Hemphill
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"The prejudice against blacks remains threatening and constant, and Prometheus's transformation into Deadwood is convincing, even when insurmountable odds seem stacked against him. (Historical fiction. 10-12)"
In the tradition of Nat Love comes a fictional black cowpoke, Prometheus Jones, and his best buddy, Omer Shine, escaping from a lynch mob in Tennessee to a Kansas cattle drive on its way to the Dakota Territory during the chaotic years following the end of the Civil War. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"Graceful. (Fiction. YA)"
Hemphill's debut offers beautiful poems that speak both directly and between the lines, as Sarah goes from amorphous unhappiness to silence to depression to hope. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"We never get a good feel for Marty as a person, but even at arm's length Hemphill manages to engagingly show the ups and downs and the attendant anxieties of a young man in pursuit of a dream."
A year's chronicle of one player's trials and triumphs in baseball's minor leagues. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2010

"Haunting and still frighteningly relevant. (thumbnail bios, author's note, further reading) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In this superbly wrought fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trials, Printz Honor winner Hemphill offers a fresh perspective on an oft-told tale by providing lesser-known Salem accusers with a variety of compelling motivations that will resonate deeply with contemporary teens. Read full book review >