Search Results: "Laura Summers"


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DESPERATE MEASURES by Laura Summers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2011

"Their page-turning trek across the countryside sags a bit at the end, but readers will most definitely hang on to find out what happens in the credible and happy ending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Three parentless children strike out on their own in order to stay together. 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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FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An unusual, bold effort that deserves attention. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A once-famous photographer has committed suicide, and 17-year-old Eddie, his only daughter, desperately wants to know why. Read full book review >

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CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Issue-laden and overwrought, Summers's debut will make forgettable fodder for the insatiable readers of Gossip Girl (and her many series clones) but is bound to leave teens who like a little more lit in their chick lit cold. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
High-school senior Parker Fadley used to be the most popular girl at her Catholic school. Read full book review >

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TEXTROVERT by Lindsey Summers
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 2, 2017

"Blandly engaging. (Romance. 12-16)"
A text-messaging accident leads to romance. Read full book review >

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Albert Pendergast's Peculiar Parcel by K.G. Summers
Released: Dec. 30, 2014

"A sweet story for bullied kids but one that's far too text-heavy."
In Summers' debut picture book, a bully's classmates devise a plan to change his actions forever. Read full book review >

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THE RIDDLE HORSE by Mark Summers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A nostalgic piece that, however beautiful, seems wasted on this age group. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A nostalgic riddle: what horse is this? Read full book review >

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Released: June 13, 2016

"A tightly structured war novel, written with intelligence and verve."
Summers (The Shain Family at Shakertown, 1808-1922, etc.) offers a World War II thriller about espionage and betrayal overseas. Read full book review >

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THIS NEVER HAPPENED by E.W. Summers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Readers who haven't already overdosed on family angst, though, or who can't get enough of it, will find Richard's struggles properly gripping."
Summers's entry in the dysfunctional-family sweepstakes starts with a bang when fragile painter Claire Brown shoots her husband, letting all manner of demons out of the closet. Read full book review >

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HELEN and THE GIRLS by Hollis Summers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"Welcome grace notes to an accomplished writer's life."
Subtle evocations of lives shadowed by sadness and disappointment but saved by love—in two novellas by the late Summers (Standing Room, 1984, etc.). ``I walk a tightrope,'' asserts Ben Adams (in ``Helen'') as he begins to type his story at his lakeside cabin. ``I suppose every man walks a tightrope between sanity and depression, or perhaps desperation is a kind of sanity.'' Ben, an admitted Victorian, feels that he's been drowning in the stifling order of his monogrammed life—``A.V.A. the percale sheets say, Our lives monogrammed.'' Married to the exhaustingly capable Anita, whose favorite response is ``beautiful,'' Ben feels alienated as well from his relentlessly cheerful family, scarred by an unhappy childhood, and bored by his work—certainly not the stuff of tragedy, these smaller griefs of everyday life, though no less wearing in their effects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"An authoritative call to arms and a considerable contribution to the low-intensity debate now raging on national security and preparedness."
A thoughtful, brutally realistic evaluation of the roles the US military should play in the new world disorder that has superseded the bipolar certainties of the Cold War. Read full book review >