Search Results: "Lisa Burnett Bossi"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While there is no doubt that humanity can learn much from trees and their interactions with their environments, this gooey treatment does not come close to effectively conveying those lessons. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A muddled celebration of trees falls victim to soggy sentiment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"The gentle rhymes and luminous artwork reminiscent of Helen Ward will soothe even the most difficult of personalities, making this a good bedtime choice. (Picture book. 0-4)"
Gosline and Bossi's latest collaboration is an ideal gift for a newborn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUST DEVILS OF THE PURPLE SAGE by Barbara Burnett Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Jolie's relaxed humor, combined with more dangers and depths than her debut (Writers of the Purple Sage, 1994), gives this sequel a greater emotional range, though the killer will flash by too speedily for all but the most alert readers."
``And he'd been such a nice kid,'' Jolie Wyatt reflects repeatedly after Tim Michelik is fished out of Sage Lake with three .25 slugs in him—slugs presumably put there by escaped convict James Elliott Jorgenson, who, though even younger than Tim, is nobody's idea of a nice kid. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKELETONS IN PURPLE SAGE by Barbara Burnett Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 29, 2002

"Like Diane's living-room floor, the unusual murder motive is inundated by Jolie's periodic bouts of guilt and Smith's tendency to overexplain them."
Jolie Wyatt (Mistletoe in Purple Sage, 1997, etc.) is giving a party for two of her favorite people: her friend Beverly Kendall, returning to the little Texas town of Purple Sage after an ugly divorce, and her hero Dr. Bill Marchak, retiring from the hospital. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RING AROUND THE MOON by Mary Burnett Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"Still, Smith (Miss Ophelia, 1997) does succeed in evoking the difficulties of a child's dawning awareness of a pre—Civil Rights world, and the seeming truth that some differences cannot be overcome."
An emotionally pleasing coming-of-ager that suffers, unfortunately, from a drifting start and frail conclusion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A TRIAL BY JURY by D. Graham Burnett
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

"Like having one's day in court, reading this revelatory account is a rite of passage that could make any Law and Order hound or legal eagle a more reasonable person. (2 diagrams, not seen)"
An affecting meditation on jury duty laid out with the dexterity of a police procedural. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUNSET SWITCH by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2005

"A good pairing with Deborah Lee Rose's One Nighttime Sea: An Ocean Counting Rhyme (2003), illustrated by Steve Jenkins, or its alphabetic predecessor. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Diurnal animals and their nocturnal counterparts exchange places as the sun goes down in this murmurous essay in natural history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 1998

"Collier's full-color paintings take advantage of the opportunities for flora and fauna as the garden responds to cultivation and to the turning seasons, but the children's figures seem pasted into the space, and the scenes lack warmth. (Picture book. 4-8)"
In this bad version of a bad idea, the richly developed classic novel has been squeezed into the picture-book format. Read full book review >

BLOG POST

LISA CAREY
by Megan Labrise

The Stolen Child may be set on a fairy-filled Irish island, but it is “Magical realism of the best kind, utterly devoid of whimsy,” according to Kirkus’ starred review.

“My friends loved that quote, ‘utterly devoid of whimsy,’ ” says author Lisa Carey, who was recently abroad in Turkey, where we reached her by phone. “They said that ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTOPHER by Allison Burnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"At times both acid-tinged and unbelievably sweet, a hopeless love's lament."
A lethargic Lothario does what he can to bring his cute, depressed neighbor around to a love affair. Read full book review >