Search Results: "Lena Coakley"


BOOK REVIEW

MRS. GOODHEARTH AND THE GARGOYLE by Lena Coakley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2005

"What this may mean about old ladies or gargoyles is too bizarre to consider, but the last scene of the lady with the gargoyle in her lap is downright creepy. (Picture book. 6-9)"
There is a certain weirdness to this odd and unfinished-feeling tale, with its very pretty but not always consistent acrylic images. Read full book review >

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WORLDS OF INK AND SHADOW by Lena Coakley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A potentially intriguing experiment runs aground. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Worlds collide and characters come to life when four young writers discover the limits of their creative powers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WITCHLANDERS by Lena Coakley
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"The rich language will enthrall female and male readers alike—if the latter can look past the extremely feminine cover. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Exquisite storytelling plus atmospheric worldbuilding equals one stunning teen debut. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1996

"A welcome gift to Western readers."
The first (partial) translation into English of an indigenous chivalric romance set in the Nile Valley and originally composed sometime during the 13th through 16th centuries. Read full book review >

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BUNNY BOX by Lena Anderson
illustrated by Lena Anderson
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1991

"Perceptive, beautifully drawn, perfect to share. (Picture book. 0-4)"
The forthright toddler and cheerful big rabbit of Bunny Party (1989) now joined by a delightful baby bunny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Close Encounters on a Golf Course by Lena Hagman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2013

"The prose needs to be ironed out, but this memoir offers an endearing look at golf as a skill and a cosmos of love."
Hagman remembers days spent making friendships while playing favorite golf courses. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"It is rare for such an important historical document to be rendered with such profound artistic integrity."
A powerful testament to the uncanny resilience of the human spirit. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 25, 1998

"Those who ordinarily bike or walk to the local beach will find pleasure and novelty in The Beach, but they'd better look elsewhere for seashore recommendations."
A husband-and-wife team of popular-culture experts provides a lively celebration of the beach, "nature's most potent antidepressant." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHATTANOOGA GIRL by Dottie Coakley
Released: April 26, 2015

"A straightforward '70s mystery, helped by a sweet love story."
In Coakley's debut novel, a young woman from Chattanooga, Tennessee, settles in upstate New York in 1976, finds romance, and stumbles upon a murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STINA'S VISIT by Lena Anderson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 24, 1991

"Warm but uneventful; still, Anderson's portrayal of affection and her eye for detail and the many nuances of her scenes rival Shirley Hughes's in their skill, charm, and humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The little girl introduced in Stina (1989) again visits her grandfather at his Swedish seaside cottage; this time the story is centered on jollying elderly friend ``Stretchit'' out of his birthday doldrums and listening to his seafaring tall tales. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"Words that caption objects are well placed and include a good selection to both confirm and expand vocabulary. (Picture book. 2-7)"
A satisfactory compendium, with double spreads on topics moving outward from the child's body, family, feelings, and home to the classroom and subjects like shapes, colors, and numbers as well as the neighborhood, holidays, and animals. Read full book review >