Search Results: "Laurie Boyle Crompton"


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ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Sometimes inspiring, sometimes overdone. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Raised by her tattoo- and motorcycle-loving parents to take risks, Dyna injures herself in an accident and finds herself emotionally changed. Read full book review >

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LOVE AND VANDALISM by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2017

"Introduces, but doesn't always deeply examine, many serious topics. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Rory's refusal to process her mother's suicide is challenged by Hayes, who is facing his own demons through Alcoholics Anonymous. Read full book review >

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THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH by Laurie Boyle Crompton
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"In the end, it's like most reality TV: not high art and not all that memorable. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Even the twists are standard in this outsider-gets-revenge tale. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Timely subject matter and an adequate romance, but nothing super. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Geeky girl with absent father and quirky hobby meets unsuitable boy, then realizes Mr. Right has been under her nose all along. Read full book review >

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LAURIE TELLS by Linda Lowery
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 1994

"Thoughtful and carefully wrought, a valuable aid to coping and understanding. (Fiction. 8-12)"
``It's hard to believe/how happy I used to be....I have places on my body/I don't want anyone to touch./They're mine, only for me,/and it makes me sick/to think he touched me there.'' A sexually abused 11-year-old shares her emotions, remembering how she trusted and loved Dad when she was little, her horror when he first molested her two years ago, her one tentative attempt to tell Mom, who refused to believe her. Read full book review >

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KAY BOYLE by Joan Mellen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Precise in detail, panoramic in scope, psychologically subtle, more than a literary biography, like Boyle herself, it is social and political history, a film waiting to be produced."
The prolific Mellen (Creative Writing/Film, Temple Univ.) brings a literary talent as well as cinematic eye to the family saga of Kay Boyle (1902-92), an epic life reflecting the great literary and political events of the century. Read full book review >

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DEAR DAD, LOVE LAURIE by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Released: March 1, 1989

After Laurie's parents divorce, her mother requires her to write weekly to her father in Missouri; though Laurie chafes under this burden, she writes enough letters in nine months to fill this book. Read full book review >

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BILLY BOYLE by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Benn (On Desperate Ground, 2000) crafts a crackling good adventure, with much flavorsome period color, and an acceptable whodunit."
During WWII, a diplomatic mission in Norway turns into a murder probe. Read full book review >

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T.C. BOYLE STORIES II by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"A fine and welcome summation—till the next volume—by one of the best storytellers at work today."
Picking up where he left off with his first volume of collected stories in 1998, Boyle (San Miguel, 2012, etc.) serves up an overstuffed gathering of goofy premises and serious turns. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1998

"Boyle is of course too young for a summing-up, but this seems as good a time as any for a mid-career display of the antic wares of our most versatile and prolific radical comedian."
A fine, fat gathering of 68 stories, including the contents of Boyle's four collections (Without a Hero, 1994, etc.), four more, uncollected, tales, and three previously unpublished. Read full book review >

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HELL'S GATE by Richard Crompton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 2015

"Mollel's second appearance is moody and slow-rolling, as layered and involving as his first (Hour of the Red God, 2013), immersing the reader in a fascinating and unfamiliar world, with a mystery heightening the tension."
A righteous detective is shuttled to a remote post where he's challenged by culture shock, organized crime, and an unsolved murder. Read full book review >