Search Results: "Lucy Renner Jones"


BOOK REVIEW

DISPLACED by Stephan Abarbanell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Well-intentioned and instructive but short of thrills."
A post-World War II thriller from an unusual perspective. Read full book review >

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CASTLE OF SHADOWS by Ellen Renner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"Readers will also delight in Charlie's transformation from hotheaded victim to shrewd leader—and friend. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
British author Renner kicks off a new series with smart writing that combines mystery, historical fantasy and a touch of steampunk. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT FORGETTING by James Renner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fascinating concept that's not entirely well-executed but is worth the read."
When a man returns home to care for his dying father, he's sucked into a vast conspiracy involving his estranged childhood best friend and a paranoid (or is he?) teenager at a mental hospital. Read full book review >

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THE MAN FROM PRIMROSE LANE by James Renner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2012

"An incoherent muddle from start to finish."
This semi-autobiographical first novel, from the author of two true-crime works, is an anything-goes mashup involving child abductions and murders, time travel and the tribulations of a writer of the true-crime variety. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG BAD FOX by Benjamin Renner
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 20, 2017

"A comically charming underfox tale. (Graphic fantasy. 7-11)"
A not-too-tough fox in a henhouse comes away with more than he bargained for. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2004

"Despite such lapses and a tendency to breathlessness, this stands as a well-reasoned indictment of contemporary Church policy, a useful rejoinder to John van der Zee's Agony in the Garden (2002) and John Cornwell's Breaking the Faith (2001)."
Sure to be controversial, a journalistic exposé of the "gay priest culture" that has brought so much publicity, and so much shame, to the Catholic Church. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PURITAN WITCH by Peni Jo Renner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2013

"An intimate fictionalization of a dark incident from Colonial history."
Renner's debut novel uses her ancestor's life story to reflect on the paranoia and persecution in Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials. Read full book review >

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6 BOOKS FOR EARLY 2017
by Ana Grilo

Who’s excited that 2016 is coming to an end soon? I know I am, and I already started wish-listing all the awesome-looking 2017 releases and preparing my challenges and goals for 2017. One of them is to continue my Time Travel Project (in which I read as many books featuring time travel as I can, old and new) and the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

COUNT WITH MAISY, CHEEP, CHEEP, CHEEP! by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A book that doesn't take any 'cheep' shots at the material. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Barnyard antics combine with flaps and basic counting skills in this, the latest of Maisy's adventures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAISY'S CASTLE by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Just a bit of well-armed fun, more suitable formatwise for a gift than classroom or library shelves. (Novelty. 5-7)"
A relatively sturdy pullout castle with a die-cut drawbridge and a dragon in the cellar serves as playscape for punch-out figures of medieval Maisy and her friends. Read full book review >

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MAISY'S FAIRGROUND by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Even confirmed fans are unlikely to give this perfunctory outing more than a quick spin. (Pop-up/picture book. 4-6)"
Maisy and friends visit an amusement park, but the experience is about as exciting as watching a dropped Creamsicle melt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CREATE WITH MAISY by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"A wonderful resource for those who work (and play) with young children. (Craft book. 2-8)"
A beloved children's-book character explores her creative side and encourages children to get crafty. Read full book review >