Search Results: "Laura Murray"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT CHRISTMAS by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A jolly treat with a sweet acknowledgement of the gifts teachers give their students all year long. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his third exploratory adventure, the gregarious Gingerbread Man scampers through town delivering gifts to community helpers. Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE ON THE FIRE TRUCK by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2013

"This rapid-fire reboot of a traditional favorite will be a requested read-aloud for high-energy listeners. (Picture book. 4-7)"
When the class goes on a field trip to the fire station, the Gingerbread Man is carried along in a child's backpack. He falls, unexpectedly, onto the snout of the firehouse dog, Spot the Dalmatian. Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Teachers looking for a new way to start off the school year will eat this one up. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Murray's children's debut, when a gingerbread man made by schoolchildren gets left behind at recess, he decides he has to find his class: "I'll run and I'll run, / As fast as I can. / I can catch them! I'm their / Gingerbread Man!" Read full book review >

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THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE AT THE ZOO by Laura Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A delicious outing for one and all. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Back for a fourth adventure, this smart cookie cavorts across the zoo, where many animals are ready for a nibble. 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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BOOK REVIEW

FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >

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HICKORY DICKORY DOG by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2014

"Flawed internal logic mars this slight tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Following One Two That's My Shoe (2012), Murray again riffs on a traditional nursery rhyme, keeping its cadences while focusing on a day in the life of Zack and his faithful dog, Rufus. Read full book review >

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ONE TWO THAT'S MY SHOE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 5, 2012

"Count on repeated readings of this fun and frisky tale. (Picture book. 18 mos.-5)"
In a companion to Apple Pie ABC (2011), Murray reworks another familiar rhyme into a drama pitched perfectly for preschoolers. Read full book review >

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HOW TO MAKE A BIRD by Martine Murray
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2010

"First published in Australia in 2003, the novel offers an especially vivid sense of place—the harsh but open rural landscape and densely populated yet lonely, urban Melbourne. (Fiction. YA)"
Setting off at dawn, carrying a backpack and wearing a long evening gown, Mannie aims to escape her troubled life in small-town southern Australia. Read full book review >

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LOCAS by Yxta Murray Murray
Released: May 1, 1997

"A female Scarface, this straightforward narrative charts the rise and fall of Latin gangsters on L.A.'s mean streets with considerable documentary fervor but not much depth. (Regional author tour)"
A deadly serious debut about Chicana girl gangs in Los Angeles that seems written with a sociology text in one hand, a slang dictionary in the other, and Geraldo on the tube. Read full book review >

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THE FOUR SEASONS OF LUCY MCKENZIE by Kirsty Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"A powerful story of life's continuity; magical realism at its best. (Magical realism. 10-14) "
An evocative story of family ties. Read full book review >

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WORLD ENOUGH AND TIME by Nicholas Murray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2000

"An intelligent but somewhat stolid life that captures (but is also imprisoned by) its hero's enigmatic nature."
It has been over 30 years since the last biography of Metaphysical poet Marvell, and Welsh poet Murray takes full advantage of the intervening research in his new life of this intensely private yet highly public man. Read full book review >