Search Results: "M.A. Abdelrahman"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A novel lacking in story and conflict, acting more as a sounding board for anti-American sentiments and political ideals."
A wealthy Sheikh in Saudi Arabia devises a terrorist strategy to attack America internally and circumvent an open military confrontation in the author's debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE WARRIOR PRINCESS OF PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M.A. Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Engaging (if familiar) premise and settings, strong casting, and classic overall arc—all spoiled by an irremediably dismal finish. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Sudden assaults by hungry giants and an army of witches prompt a final desperate quest to save the vocational school for knightly knights and battle princesses. Read full book review >

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THE YEAR OF PAST THINGS by M.A. Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Harper might have had better luck by sticking to the real travails of blended family life. Her spooks often amount to simple silliness—and her menfolks' relentless macho posturing often makes one yearn for divine intervention."
In her third outing, southern writer Harper (The Worst Day of My Life, So Far, 2001, etc.) attempts an old-fashioned ghost story set in modern-day New Orleans. Read full book review >

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LIFERS by M.A. Griffin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An ambitious misfire. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A British teen investigates a local disappearance. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2001

"Sentimental but not overly so: a story of real grace and power."
Harper (For the Love of Robert E. Lee, 1992) unfolds a modern-day domestic nightmare in this account of a mother's slow submersion beneath the murky waters of Alzheimer's. Read full book review >

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PENNYROYAL ACADEMY by M.A. Larson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Flashes of inspiration light up a protagonist with plenty of spine, a plot too dependent on set pieces and a colorful but quickly sketched supporting cast. A sequel-worthy debut nonetheless. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
Larson weaves a patchwork mix of trite and truly excellent ideas into this chronicle of a young fugitive's first year at princess school. Read full book review >

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"Underneath this gentle tale is the powerful message of staying true to yourself."
A young coyote tries to find his place in the world and develop his unique howling ability in the fourth children's tale from MacAfee, the mother/daughter writing team. Read full book review >

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FOR THE LOVE OF ROBERT E. LEE by M.A. Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 1992

"Although few readers will be able to suspend disbelief far enough to make the story work, most will want to try."
A clever and stylish first novel that manages to interweave separate narratives of the Old and New South through the visionary insight of a modern-day South Carolinian in love with Robert E. Lee. Read full book review >

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Diamonds in the Sky by M.A. Harper
Released: Jan. 25, 2014

"Deft characterization, wry humor and quiet but momentous scenes of growing affection create a deep-down satisfying novel."
Three people—a struggling artist, an unsuccessful writer and an elderly farmer—find an unexpected connection in this warmhearted novel. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"All the more impressive, then, is his satirical review of a calamitous series of cultural exchanges that leaves his Arab potentate bloated with borrowed power and utterly without grace or dignity."
The final installment of Munif's Cities of Salt trilogy, first published in 1989, offers still another view of the same historical subject: the corruption of traditional Arab values when Western allegiances substitute power and money for family and tribal loyalties. Read full book review >