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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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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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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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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LIZZIE AT LAST by Claudia Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2000

"890, etc.) has written a light and entertaining story highlighting the hard-won lesson of being true to oneself even if it sets you a little apart. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lizzie is facing seventh grade and another year of being woefully different from the other students. Read full book review >

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THIS ADVENTURE ENDS by Emma Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Mild in every way but language, this tale of privileged teens offers a fairly satisfying glimpse of an almost alternate universe in which mundane life can be ignored. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Many novels for teens tackle too much, but Mills goes another direction, focusing on Sloane's family and new friends to the virtual exclusion of school, work, and what readers are told is her passion for singing. Read full book review >

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ALL WE HAVE LEFT by Wendy Mills
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Both a poignant contemplation on 9/11 and a necessary intervention in this current political climate. (timeline, author's note) (Fiction. 13-18)"
This election cycle, with its exacerbated Islamophobia, makes author Mills' (Positively Beautiful, 2015) fictive meditation on 9/11 and the 15 years after especially timely. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2008

"A military memoir refreshingly devoid of the usual patriotic overlay."
Another testosterone-laced memoir of an elite unit kicking butt in Iraq, this one with a cheerful, politically incorrect British twist. Read full book review >

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STORMING HEAVEN by Kyle Mills
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Mills shapes his stereotypes with human clay, and excels at one-liners that quickly draw a reader into his spirited storytelling."
A second novel that's several cuts above the average thriller, largely because it keeps to a human level and oils its wheels with immensely amusing non sequiturs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A short, colorful book of spiritual happiness."
A quick, inspirational work about how to achieve one's dreams. Read full book review >