Search Results: "Lisa Van Allen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WISHING THREAD by Lisa Van Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Steeped in the spirit of Washington Irving's 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,' this bewitching tale will delight fans of magical realism."
The women of the Van Ripper family know that magic requires sacrifice as well as intention. What will they risk to save their own home? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY by Elizabeth J. van Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The life of a literary local hero—of mostly local interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unvarnished, dutiful, rather dull life of the 19th-century "Hoosier Poet," author of "Little Orphant Annie" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A HOT CUP OF CHOCOLATE by Rose Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"A useful tale of a boy's attempts to help a friend whose parents are separating. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Can hot chocolate help solve a problem? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TILLY'S BIG PROBLEM by Rose Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Message-laden but creative spin on finding a trusted adult. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Tilly has a problem in her life and does not know where to turn for help. Read full book review >

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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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LISA BUNKER
by Megan Labrise

Some of the best advice Lisa Bunker received for writing a book had nothing to do with writing a book.

“The best advice I ever got for naming a child was ‘use all the names you love,’ ” says Bunker, author of Felix Yz. “By the time the next kid comes along, you’ll love different names—don’t hold one for ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ABIGAIL IRIS by Lisa Glatt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"With Allen's periodic homespun sketches and a breezy first-person text, this sweet slip of a story is recommended for those girls feeling the squeeze of a crowded and blended family. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Third grader Abigail Iris is a happy-go-lucky girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COWBOY BOYD AND MIGHTY CALLIOPE by Lisa Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"A ten-gallon hat full of fun, with a heartfelt message to boot. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A cowboy and his rhino (yes, rhino!) defy convention in this fresh and funny tale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EVEN MONSTERS NEED TO SLEEP by Lisa Wheeler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2017

"Even if it doesn't send kids straight off to dreamland, it will keep them looking; snuggled close with a grown-up, that's not all bad. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rhyming text and detailed, fantastic art invite readers to follow along with little monster's bedtime reading. Read full book review >

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FOR VALENTINE’S WEEK, A HAPPY READING SIGH
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I’ve been waiting to read Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring since I heard it was coming. Combining her current Ravenel series with the Wallflowers is a stroke of brilliance—and since one of my all-time favorite romance couples is Sebastian and Evie – and this one matches their son Gabriel with the quirky entrepreneur Pandora Ravenel – I simply ...


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BOOK REVIEW

GOING WEST by Jean Van Leeuwen
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A fine prelude or companion to Wilder's books, especially the perceptive illustrations. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A seven-year-old narrates the experiences of her family of five: setting out from their home in the East (Mama cries at leaving her sisters and her piano); leading the cow behind their covered wagon; building a log cabin on the prairie; the troubles of a first year (a failed crop and the loneliness before a neighbor moves in); renewed hope in the spring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This elegant picture book offers readers an imaginative way of thinking about and rediscovering the Mayflower experience. (Picture book. 6-10)"
The journey on the Mayflower and the first winter and spring in Plymouth are narrated with poetic precision by an anonymous boy, whom Van Leeuwen (Bound for Oregon, 1994, etc.) subsequently identifies as the son of William Brewster, the religious leader of the colony. Read full book review >