Search Results: "Madeleine L'Engle"


BOOK REVIEW

CAPTAIN’S PURR by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"While there is a certain charm in Floyd's realistic watercolors and easy-to-read text, it's hard to envision any but the most die-hard cat fans wanting to repeat their journey on the river with Captain unless it's just to look at the pictures. (Picture book. 3-5)"
An unnamed narrator recounts a typical day for handsome Captain, a perfectly average black-and-white cat who mostly eats, grooms, and sleeps. Read full book review >

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COLD PAWS, WARM HEART by Madeleine Floyd
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"It's pretty clunky, but the watercolor, ink and pastel pictures fill the pages attractively, and some might find it hard to resist a bear in a red-and-yellow scarf. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A goopy sentimental tale, ostensibly about friendship, but mostly just strange. Read full book review >

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THE SAFARI SET  by Madeleine Rogers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Despite the occasionally ambiguous text, a good, strikingly illustrated conversation starter about animals, their habitats, and our part in protecting these environments. (Board book. 2-5)"
Come for a safari and explore five common animals of Africa's savanna: lion, giraffe, elephant, hippopotamus, and zebra. Read full book review >

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ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Fans of 'found footage' horror will enjoy this familiar but visually creepy take on the haunted-institution setting. (Suspense. 14-18)"
Roux's first teen novel uses horror staples—spooky corridors, tight-lipped townspeople and convenient coincidences—to predictable but page-turning effect. Read full book review >

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HOUSE OF FURIES by Madeleine Roux
Released: May 30, 2017

"Atmospheric, moody, and great fun. (Horror. 13-adult)"
A runaway works at a boardinghouse for the damned in late-Georgian-period England. Read full book review >

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COCKTAILS FOR THREE by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Succeeds when it's silly, fails when it attempts dramatic weight."
Deliciously funny, if uneven sixth novel by Wickham (The Gatecrasher, 2000, etc.) follows three young British career women, just girlfriends at heart, as they bond, break-up, and come happily together again through tumultuous life changes. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1982

"With bland characters, all speaking in the same liturgical-paced cadences: an immense but serenely soaring mess—no livelier or crisper than L'Engle's last foray into adult fiction, The Other Side of the Sun."
Bother in the Cathedral—enervating bother—as veteran juvenile author L'Engle frogmarches her 70-ish protagonist through a talkathon of troubles and a marathon of acquaintanceships with bishops, deans, nuns, and others at an Episcopal church in upper Manhattan. Read full book review >

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UPHILL WALKERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"An unfocused account that is intermittently moving but terribly unbalanced."
A disjointed memoir of an Irish-American childhood in rural Massachusetts during the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS IN THE WATERS by Madeleine L'Engle
FICTION
Released: April 15, 1976

"Deduct ten points at the beginning for self-importance and enjoy the rest for a lark."
The O'Keefe family from Arm of the Starfish (1965) are on hand to join Simon Bolivar Renier and his spooky Cousin Phair on a freighter voyage from Savannah to Venezuela which looks at the outset a bit like L'Engle's version of Ship of Fools. Read full book review >

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TO THE NEW OWNERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"If not quite as funny as billed, there remains much gentle humor and a certain elegiac sweetness that more than compensates—that, and a touching coda."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author gives a familial face to the mystique of Martha's Vineyard in this unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on the island. Read full book review >

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A LIVE COAL IN THE SEA by Madeleine L'Engle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"A fast-paced story that, though weighted with the usual L'Engle explorations of faith and science, seems ultimately thin and contrived."
Explosive family secrets are defused by love, wisdom, and a foreshadowed revelation, in this latest intricately plotted adult novel by L'Engle (Certain Women, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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A DESIRABLE RESIDENCE by Madeleine Wickham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"All in all, Wickham, though an observant and engaging storyteller, delivers a novel too melodramatic and lightweight to be particularly memorable."
Though it sours a bit by the end, this British novel of manners and mores from the author of The Tennis Party (p. 172) charms with its easy pace and likable characters. Read full book review >