Search Results: "Lynda Barry"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FREDDIE STORIES by Lynda Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1999

"A surprisingly moving, visually engaging collection."
Syndicated in many alternative papers, Barry has collected nine volumes of her deliberately childlike comics and has also published a first novel, The Good Times Are Killing Me (not seen). Read full book review >

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THE! GREATEST! OF! MARLYS! by Lynda Barry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Barry has a genius for remembering the odd things kids and grownups do, especially during those times that linger between meanness and joyful innocence. Beyond nostalgia, her deceptively simple art, in all its spareness, breaks your heart and makes you laugh, often at the same time."
Barry's recent novel (Cruddy, p. 1999) proved what her comics admirers already knew: she's a splendid writer with a phenomenal ear for everyday speech. And her comics work, syndicated in dozens of newspapers, has grown with her. After collecting stories featuring her character Freddie (The Freddie Stories), Barry celebrates another of her wonderful creations, Freddie's sister Marlys. Read full book review >

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CRUDDY by Lynda Barry
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"The author of Ernie Pook's Comeek and The Freddie Stories can get down and dirty with the best hard-edged writers like Larry Brown or Daniel Woodrell, all from the unlikely (and welcome) perspective of a young woman."
The only thing this gritty debut novel shares with Barry's work as a narrative cartoonist is its point of view: told by a 16- year-old girl, the bloody and violent story is tougher and uglier than any of the artist's previous work. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS, 2008 by Lynda Barry
Released: Oct. 8, 2008

"A treasure trove of discovery for fanatics and initiates alike."
The third annual anthology in this series is the best yet, with inspired work from a variety of relative unknowns mixed with that from artists who enjoy great renown in this burgeoning field. Read full book review >

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IMPERFECTIONS by Lynda Durrant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2008

"Lovely and thought-provoking. (Historical fiction. 10-15)"
For 14-year-old Rosemary, her little brother, Isaac, and her baby sister, Anne, the Shaker village of Pleasant Hill, Ky., is a clean haven and welcome refuge from their father's abuse and the violence of the Civil War. Read full book review >

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FOOL'S RETURN by Lynda Chervil
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Readers looking for a heroine with brains and beauty will enjoy following Gabrielle's appealing journey."
A compelling mystery/adventure about past lives and cutting-edge technology, set on the coast of Maine. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"An up-close chance to meet a tough cookie who loves being a pro—and who probably wouldn't take your calls."
If the Girl Scout troops of Beverly Hills need an illuminating manual for their Fundamentals of Successful Producing merit badge, this is it. Read full book review >

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BARRY LYGA
by Megan Labrise

What’s Barry Lyga’s secret to writing books teen readers love?

“I don’t write for teens,” says the New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers. “That’s my secret—I write about teens.

“I’m aware that my books are published as YA,” he continues, “and I love that, and there’s a magic to having teenagers tell you a book ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 13, 2006

"Useful in collections on the Civil War, immigration, women's rights and Charles Darwin. (afterword, bibliography) (Fiction. 11-15)"
Jennie Hodgers lived in a world without passports, naturalization papers, social security numbers and driver's licenses—none of the proofs of identification we take for granted today. Read full book review >

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AMELIA EARHART by Lynda Pflueger
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2003

"A solid landing. (b&w photos, not seen) (Biography. 10-14)"
Part of the Historical American Biographies series, this personalized account of America's adored darling of aviation avoids a didactic tone most of the time by incorporating many quotes from Earhart into the narrative. Read full book review >

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TURTLE CLAN JOURNEY by Lynda Durrant
Released: April 19, 1999

"Although that part of the book gets short shrift, and the rest of the story is dedicated to modest adventure as Echohawk and his family make their ways to safety, this is an enjoyable read enlivened by the author's facility for establishing a fine sense of time and place. (Fiction. 10-14)"
More action-oriented and less psychologically penetrating than Echohawk (1996), this historically intriguing but dramatically uneven sequel once again puts the protagonist between a rock and a hard place. Read full book review >

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ECHOHAWK by Lynda Durrant
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 1996

"No, Durrant avers, but it makes a natural lead- in. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A white child raised by the Mohicans who massacred his parents is given a chance to choose which world will be his in this probing, thoroughly researched first novel. Read full book review >