Search Results: "Laura McNeal"


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THE PRACTICE HOUSE by Laura McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Dust, lust, and human drama rendered with sensitivity, depth, and breadth."
Love is inextricably linked to suffering in McNeal's (Dark Water, 2010) sweeping historical novel set in the 1930s. Read full book review >

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DARK WATER by Laura McNeal
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"Notable for well-drawn characters, an engaging plot and, especially, hauntingly beautiful language, this is an outstanding book. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This debut solo effort after several collaborations with husband Tom McNeal (The Decoding of Lana Morris, 2007, etc.) stands out in the crowded coming-of-age field. Read full book review >

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THE INCIDENT ON THE BRIDGE by Laura McNeal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 26, 2016

"Expert pacing will keep readers turning the pages until they know Thisbe's fate. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A girl disappears after last being seen standing on a bridge: she must have jumped…right? Read full book review >

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CRUSHED by Laura McNeal
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Though the characters aren't particularly memorable, The Yellow Paper is a convincing plot device portraying the devastating effects of secrets and the resilience of people who have been crushed. (Fiction. YA)"
Audrey, Lea and C.C. are a tight-knit trio, having just transferred from an alternative private school to Jemison High. Read full book review >

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CROOKED by Laura McNeal
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

PLB 0-679-99300-2 In a story that sprawls over the thematic landscape, two teenagers are shaken by sudden family losses and menaced by a pair of genuinely scary hoodlums as they fumble their way toward intimacy. Read full book review >

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THE DECODING OF LANA MORRIS by Laura McNeal
FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2007

"A subtle yet complex, slightly surreal story about the power of wishing. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old foster child Lana Morris has a lot of wishes. Read full book review >

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ZIPPED by Laura McNeal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 11, 2003

"The authors steer clear of moralizing, however, and wrap everything up in a most satisfying way. (Fiction. 13+)"
Mick Nichols has women problems. Read full book review >

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LAURA MCNEAL
by Poornima Apte

It was in 2002 when Laura McNeal was writing a magazine article about the evolution of home economics classes, that she walked up a stone staircase to a peculiar cottage called the Practice House in Fallbrook, California. “It had been built during the Depression because parents and teachers feared—incredibly—that high school girls weren’t learning the Home Arts,” McNeal recalls ...


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DOLLBABY by Laura Lane McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"Rich characterization makes McNeal's debut a lovely summer read."
In the vein of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, McNeal's touching coming-of-age tale brings to life Civil Rights–era New Orleans. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An unconvincing effort, of interest to those who've seen Anastasia walking alongside Elvis on the streets of Paris."
Did the last Romanov tsar and tsarina and their royal brood fall to Bolshevik bullets? History books say yes. This drab tale says no—or, well, maybe not. Read full book review >

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GOODNIGHT, NEBRASKA by Tom McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Some honest, delicately formed moments here are tarnished by episodes of wildly outrageous plotting, from the playing-field Lazarus ploy to the tangential carving up of a gay Indian caught in flagrante by Goodnight's good old boys. (First printing of 30,000)"
The intensity of desperation in the American heartland marks this first novel by McNeal, as married life for a young Nebraska couple proves rocky, and even rockier for the bride's long-married parents. Read full book review >

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FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Readers who love spotting allusions will appreciate this intelligent book's robust vocabulary, its inclusion of French, German and Swedish words, and the real scholarship behind it. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
"Listen, if you will," whispers the ghost of Jacob Grimm to Jeremy Johnson Johnson and to the readers of this delightful, modern-day fairy tale. Read full book review >