Search Results: "Maria McKenzie"


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THE GOVERNOR'S SONS by Maria McKenzie
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Realistic, multifaceted characters make for an especially engaging novel."
This gripping historical romance set at the dawn of the civil rights movement examines the personal and political repercussions of an illicit love affair between a black servant and a politically ambitious white man. Read full book review >

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I WANNA BE A GREAT BIG DINOSAUR by Heath McKenzie
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2016

"Something like a gender-switched companion to the author's My Rules for Being a Pretty Princess (2015), but with more give and take between the roles. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A little boy finds out what dinosaurs do…and vice versa. Read full book review >

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MY RULES FOR BEING A PRETTY PRINCESS by Heath McKenzie
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"Funny and pointed; a fast, enjoyable read for both the youngest, would-be princesses and their male counterparts. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A little girl learns from a "real" pretty princess about rigid, downright icky, expectations for those who would be pretty princesses. Read full book review >

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IN A SPLIT SECOND by Sophie McKenzie
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 10, 2015

"Lucky U.K. readers get cliffhangers and toothsome prose, but at least Americans still get the thrills of the shooting practice and bombing plots. (Thriller. 13-15)"
In a very near future, two teenagers in a scarcely functional London are caught up in terrorist plots. Read full book review >

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SMOKE by Catherine McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A solid if uninspired drama with a bit of criminal intrigue thrown in."
As a wildfire threatens a Colorado town, two old friends confront their own dangerous home fires—one is on the brink of divorce, the other suspects her teenage son of arson. Read full book review >

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HIDDEN by Catherine McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readable and forgettable."
An accidental death leads to secrets revealed and second thoughts expressed in McKenzie's latest (Forgotten, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

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STOP THAT GIRL by Elizabeth McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2005

"A fine first book, alive with energy, wit, and real promise."
A debut novel-in-stories deftly captures one woman's life—from childhood through troubled young adult years that include motherhood and a failed marriage. Read full book review >

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SPIN by Catherine McKenzie
Released: Feb. 7, 2012

"Burdened by its length, downbeat scenario of deceit and addiction and feel of existing in a vacuum, this chick-lit tale fails to achieve lift off."
Sent to rehab incognito to get the scoop on a celebrity in distress, flaky Kate starts to clean up her own act, in a snappily phrased but mechanically composed entertainment. Read full book review >

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BURN WHAT WILL BURN by CB McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Thematically very different than McKenzie's outstanding first novel (Bad Country, 2014). But the prose is just as pure and the story just as riveting."
A reclusive poet learns to survive in an Arkansas town rife with secrets. Read full book review >

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THE PORTABLE VEBLEN by Elizabeth McKenzie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"McKenzie's idiosyncratic love story scampers along on a wonderfully zig-zaggy path, dashing and darting in delightfully unexpected directions as it progresses toward its satisfying end and scattering tasty literary passages like nuts along the way."
On the brink of her marriage, a charmingly quirky, unassumingly intelligent, and winningly warmhearted young woman forges an unusually strong bond with a squirrel. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"A Horatio Alger tale, sunk by its agonized prose and sinister tone of denial."
A defense of orphanages wrapped in the trappings of a memoir. Read full book review >