Search Results: "Margaret Bechard"


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HANGING ON TO MAX by Margaret Bechard
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2001

"Even so, the author should be commended for taking on a tricky topic, the demands, delights, and difficulties of being young, single, and a dad. (Fiction. 12+)"
A high-school senior copes with the challenges of taking care of a baby while trying to get a diploma and maintain a social life. Read full book review >

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MY MOM MARRIED THE PRINCIPAL by Margaret Bechard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Amusing, with no staying power. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jonah's problems in eighth grade are mostly typical: getting up the nerve to ask a girl out, figuring out what to do when she says yes, getting dumped, fitting in. Read full book review >

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SPACER AND RAT by Margaret Bechard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Above average adventure SF, lit up by a sparky cast, credible science and social engineering and homage to past greats of the genre. (Science fiction. 11-13)"
Paying both direct and indirect tribute to Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and other icons of science fiction's Golden Age, Bechard casts two young Asteroid Belt dwellers, one a stranded traveler from Earth, into a desperate flight to save a small, fabulously valuable sentient robot. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"The story also makes a good vehicle for viewing love and loss, simply but thoughtfully—a good choice for children who have recently grappled with a first family death. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Cousins Emily and Tory, 11, are fast friends, unlike in temperament but similar in their yearning for romance. Read full book review >

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IF IT DOESN'T KILL YOU by Margaret Bechard
Released: June 1, 1999

"Bechard (My Mom Married the Principal, 1998, etc.) is particularly good with dialogue; her characters' off-center, awkward conversations reveal a lot, while sounding clumsily authentic. (Fiction. 12-14)"
When Ben's father went to Willamette View, where Ben is starting as a freshman, he was a killer quarterback. Read full book review >

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STAR HATCHLING by Margaret Bechard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 12, 1995

"Readers will, too. (Fiction. 8-12)"
When a young human space colonist crashes on an unexplored planet inhabited by intelligent reptilian creatures, her adventures lead to some heavy duty multicultural sensitivity training from Bechard (Really No Big Deal, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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REALLY NO BIG DEAL by Margaret Bechard
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1994

"An enjoyable read. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Jonah Truman faces seventh grade with confusion about his changing feelings about girls, frustration over his short stature, and (fortunately) a wry sense of humor. Read full book review >

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NINTH SQUARE by Gorman Bechard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Bechard (Good Neighbors, 1998, etc.) laces his frantic plot with satisfyingly obvious targets and suitably moody atmospherics, even though many of the key figures in his morality play remain too shadowy to spring to very convincing life."
The homicide at the Elm City Motor Lodge looks straightforward enough: A prostitute's obviously gone berserk and stabbed her client to death. Read full book review >

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BALLS by Gorman Bechard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Bechard pitches some okay stuff but lacks control."
An obvious and silly fable about baseball's first female superstar. Read full book review >

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GOOD NEIGHBORS by Gorman Bechard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1998

"Bechard (The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, 1991, etc.) puts so much less energy into the neighborhood mystery than into the neighborhood that a series starring sensitive, tormented Juke seems assured."
The day after Reggie DeLillo's dog Molasses was poisoned by the boy next door, Reggie, who threatened to kill David Robertson when the boy admitted what he'd done, is discovered in the Robertsons' house standing over David's dead body with gun drawn. Read full book review >

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THE SECOND GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD by Gorman Bechard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Lots of whimsical fun here, but not so many laughs: this satire is mostly as witless as its all-too-familiar targets."
Filmmaker Bechard's first novel is the brash, broad, borscht-belt account of the life and ministry of Ilona Ann Coggswater, the daughter of God. Read full book review >

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Coyote by Allen Steele

Last month, I recommended you read Allen Steele's Captain Future origin story Avengers of the Moon. You should also check out his back catalog for his Coyote series, which ...


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