Search Results: "Margaret Willey"


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BEETLE BOY by Margaret Willey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Demanding—and riveting. (Fiction. 13-17) "
Nightly, Kafkaesque dreams of a giant beetle plague 18-year-old Charlie as he recuperates from a ruptured Achilles tendon in the home of his girlfriend, Clara. Read full book review >

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FACING THE MUSIC by Margaret Willey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1996

"Readers who prefer their novels neatly resolved, though, will appreciate that Lisa and the band part company at the end, her virtue intact and her future a bright promise. (Fiction. 12+)"
A soapy tale of two clashing teenage siblings who join a garage band for vastly different reasons. Read full book review >

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THE MELINDA ZONE by Margaret Willey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1993

"A thoughtful, sophisticated consideration of love, and its burdens and rewards, in contemporary families. (Fiction. YA)"
A reflective novel focusing on a docile 15-year-old only child—survivor of a divorce war that's been going on since her babyhood—who escapes a well-programmed life split between two homes in Milwaukee to spend a summer in St. Read full book review >

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FOUR SECRETS by Margaret Willey
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Ambitious but ultimately unsuccessful. (Suspense. 12 & up)"
Secrets, a renewable resource in tales of suspense, fuel this one. Read full book review >

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A SUMMER OF SILK MOTHS by Margaret Willey
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The believable characters and the insights into their awakening emotional lives will carry readers along. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A thoughtful, complex and moving story about loss and discovery of identity, love and the ability to change and the restorative powers of nature. Read full book review >

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THANKSGIVING WITH ME by Margaret Willey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1998

In high contrast to the rollicking relatives in Cynthia Rylant's The Relatives Came (1985), this gentle ballad addresses a young girl's quiet anticipation of Thanksgiving Day as she awaits the arrival of her uncles—her mother's six brothers. Read full book review >

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CLEVER BEATRICE by Margaret Willey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

A clever girl's brains triumph over a giant's brawn in this folktale from the northern US. Read full book review >

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CLEVER BEATRICE AND THE BEST LITTLE PONY by Margaret Willey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A must for any folk collection. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Having bested a giant in her first outing, Beatrice returns to do battle with a tiny elf. Read full book review >

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THE 3 BEARS AND GOLDILOCKS by Margaret Willey
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Solomon's use of collage adds a realistic texture and richness to the images, lending a visual interest to the narrative, the changes in which neither enhance nor upend the original classic. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
This Goldilocks is as headstrong as ever. Read full book review >

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A CLEVER BEATRICE CHRISTMAS by Margaret Willey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"The old-fashioned cadences of the story and the muted, folk-art style of the illustrations complement each other perfectly in another winning entry in this clever and original series. (Picture book. 4-8)"
That quick-witted girl with the flyaway golden hair returns for her third original tale set a century ago in a northwoods logging community. Read full book review >

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THE PRICE OF BLOOD AND HONOR by Elizabeth Willey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Bloated and ordinary, then, and largely unsatisfying."
Direct sequel to A Sorcerer and a Gentleman (1995), as the latter title wasn't to The Well-Favored Man (1993), though it was confusingly similar. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE OF FRANCIS by David Willey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An interesting page-turner for the armchair Vatican-watcher."
A topical look at Pope Francis and his effect on the Catholic Church. Read full book review >