Search Results: "Marcia Thornton Jones"


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MARCIA by John Steptoe
Released: April 26, 1976

"And, whatever we adults make of its message, Marcia—with its modified black English, sassy dialogue, and underlying earnestness—is an issue book attuned to its intended audience."
The trouble with most of the new YA novels dealing with sex is that seventeen-year-old behavior, presuming seventeen-year-old feelings, is depicted in stories read chiefly by twelve-year-olds—and, in truth, written at their level. Read full book review >

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RATFINK by Marcia Thornton Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Decker's final illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Clumsy and impulsive, ten-year-old Logan is determined to have a better year in fifth grade than in the past but is hindered by an increasingly forgetful grandfather at home and a vengeful new classmate at school. Read full book review >

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WOODFORD BRAVE by Marcia Thornton Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A mild and appealing historical tale with relevance to current events, as the author points out in her note. (bibliography, further resources.) (Historical fiction/graphic hybrid. 8-12) "
Cory Woodford is eager to prove his bravery, just like his grandpa, a World War I hero, and his dad, serving in World War II. Read full book review >

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THIS SIDE OF MAGIC by Debbie Dadey
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2009

"Considering the authors' track record, the pace may never pick up, but the bright humor will attract and keep young pre-Potterites. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
The authors of the Bailey School Kids set their new series in a small town that is unknowingly protected from the magical creatures just adjacent by a spellcast hedge of thorns and magic. Read full book review >

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MAKEOVERS BY MARCIA by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 9, 2005

"As unblemished as a good makeover. (Fiction. 8-12)"

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THORNTON WILDER by Penelope Niven
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"Although at times overwhelmed by her own research, Niven creates a perceptive, indispensable portrait of a productive and restlessly intellectual life."
A satisfying and insightful, if overlong, picture of a solitary writer who never stopped being a family man. Read full book review >

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JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 12, 2011

"A richly rewarding exploration of truth and lies by a masterful storyteller. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Charlie is catapulted into adulthood when Jasper Jones knocks on his window on a blisteringly hot Australian night and leads him to a hidden glade where a girl is hanging from a tree, bruised and bloody. Read full book review >

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SKIPPYJON JONES by Judy Schachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Both feline hero and story are full of beans (more Mexican-jumping than pinto) but ay caramba, mucho fun. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Skippyjon Jones insists he's not a Siamese cat despite ears too big for his head and a head too big for his body. Read full book review >

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CHUCK JONES by Hugh Kenner
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The other two are Greg Sarris's Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream, profiling the Pomo basket weaver and medicine woman, and Yvonne Fern's Gene Roddenberry: The Last Conversation, a discussion with the creator of Star Trek."
Dr. Seuss created the Grinch, but it took Chuck Jones to make him move. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 1985

"And for those readers who have enjoyed his writings, the sound of his clear, literate voice speaking once again from the page should be a welcome reunion."
These journals are in no way a substitute for the autobiography Wilder never wrote but, on the 10th anniversary of his death, they provide an engrossing journey through the landscapes of one of America's most wide-ranging literary minds of the mid-20th century. Read full book review >

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A THORNTON WILDER TRIO by Thornton Wilder
Released: Nov. 8, 1956

"Wilder's popularity has grown with the success of his plays, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and it is high time that his earlier works (his first novel dates back thirty years) again available, not only for students who accept his place in the American scene, but for a general public."
Malcom Cowley has re-evaluated Wilder's work in his introduction to this reissue of The Cabala, The Woman of Andros (both out of print for some time) and Wilder's best known work The Bridge of San Lur. Read full book review >