Search Results: "Marja Mills"


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THE MOCKINGBIRD NEXT DOOR by Marja Mills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2014

"The sisters' trust that Mills was not a gossip is borne out in this charming portrait of a small Southern town and its most famous resident."
In her first book, a journalist offers a gentle, loving portrait of a reclusive writer. Read full book review >

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ANNA’S TIGHT SQUEEZE by Marian De Smet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

Here's a whiz of a tale that circles around an uncooperative bathroom door. Read full book review >

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THE RAG COAT by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Minna's family can't afford a coat for her, but Papa keeps her warm in winter with a burlap sack and Mama's patchwork quilt; this happy family understands that ``People only need people, and nothing else.'' Soon, Minna loses one of those people: Papa, a coal miner, gets the lung sickness and dies, after urging eight- year-old Minna to start school. Read full book review >

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ON AN ISLAND IN THE BAY by Patricia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Parents won't want to part with this one, which is just as well since it would make a better coffee-table spectacle than picture book. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
Actually, on several islands in the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >

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TATTERHOOD AND THE HOBGOBLINS by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1993

"An attractive presentation of an entertaining, little-known tale that could be a folkloric precursor of Pippi Longstocking. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
Not the English ``Tattercoats'' (a Cinderella variant) but a long tale, from Asbjornsen and Moe, about twin sisters—pretty Isabella and feisty, independent Tatterhood—born after the queen eats not only the flower she's told will bring her a baby, but also the weed growing beside it. Read full book review >

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S THUMBELINA by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2005

Mills shortens Andersen's tale of a miniature child snatched by one prospective suitor after another, and tweaks it to give the protagonist an independent streak: "Yes, I will go now and find my own happiness!" she exclaims, climbing onto the swallow's back to escape marriage to the boring Mole. Read full book review >

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FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut. (Romance. 11-16)"
YouTube personality Mills (aka vlogger Elmify) debuts with a novel that mixes football and romance. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 24, 2008

"Believable and appealing. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Fifth-grader Amanda finds that exercising her writing talent helps her to cope with changes in her family. Read full book review >

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ONE SQUARE INCH by Claudia Mills
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"While engaging, it's difficult to imagine a large audience for this often painful story. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
In this poignant tale, two children try to cope with their mother's bewildering descent into bipolar disorder by retreating into their own imagined world of a miniature kingdom, Inchland. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 16, 1999

In her sequel to Losers, Inc. (1997), Mills allows Julius to emerge as something of a sad sack—he's convinced he can't do anything right, that his mother doesn't like him, and that he has nothing to offer—but he's wrong. Read full book review >

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HANNAH ON HER WAY by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1991

"Mills, who has a gift for creating likable characters and catching a child's perception of problems, is the author of a substantial body of deftly crafted stories about middle-grade girls; Hannah is a worthy addition to the roster. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Fifth grade in Hannah's new Maryland school is difficult: the other girls care ``about makeup, clothes, and boys'' while Hannah's concerns are still ``books, art, and make-believe.'' Although initially ambivalent about popular Caitie's overtures, Hannah comes to enjoy this first friend. Read full book review >

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DINAH FOREVER by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"Her story is sensitively told and a pleasure to read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Dinah goes cosmic. Read full book review >