Search Results: "Marjorie Rose Hakala"


BOOK REVIEW

MERMAID DANCE by Marjorie Rose Hakala
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

"This bewitching combination of ethereal paintings and fanciful text invites readers to contemplate the secrets of the sea long after the book is closed. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Hakala's enchanting tale explores the fantastical world of mermaids. Read full book review >

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MARJORIE MORNINGSTAR by Herman Wouk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1955

"Primarily a woman's book, although it may open the doors to some men's understanding and sympathy."
As different from The Caine Mutiny as that was from Aurora Dawn- this should tap a wholly different vein. Read full book review >

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ROSE by Martin Cruz Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"The crimes here are unremarkable, but the world evoked is memorable, glowing with life. (Author tour)"
Smith (Red Square, 1992, etc.) not only sets his exuberant, sly new novel in Victorian England but goes Victorian novelists one better, conjuring up a plot device at the heart of this mystery that Dickens would envy. Read full book review >

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ROSE by Holly Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Character and the day-to-day workings of a wealthy household overshadow magic and plot in this engaging tale of an orphan servant-girl. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
In this orphan-makes-good mystery/thriller with a magical twist, Rose and her compatriots—an apprentice magician, a spoiled 7-year-old and a shape-shifting talking cat—work together to figure out who has been kidnapping local children and come up with a plan to rescue them. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The evolution of a literary partnership at its best, with Rawlings revealing the anguish, frustration, and fulfillment of a dedicated writer's life and Perkins the empathy and unwavering standards of a remarkable editor. (Facsimiles, 6 b&w photos, most not seen.)"
The editor a writer dreams of and the writer an editor yearns for come to life in this exchange of letters. Read full book review >

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ROSE AND THE LOST PRINCESS by Holly Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Enjoyable magical adventure enlivened by an engaging group of secondary characters from all backgrounds and realms. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Rose, an orphan who works as a housemaid while studying magic, helps save a princess from an evil magician. Read full book review >

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ROSE by Rose Boyt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Unsatisfying as a sexual history, and in the end one wishes Boyt could imagine a novel that has to do with something besides sex—like character and plot for starters."
An occasionally interesting but out-of-focus story about a girl-child named Rose (make what you will of the fact that the protagonist and author share a moniker), written by Sigmund Freud's great-granddaughter. Read full book review >

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MAG-MARJORIE and WON OVER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though the tales are dated and at a glance have little import for the modern reader, Gilman's sharp characters and her insights into gender traps provide enough appeal to interest those outside academic circles."
Two didactic, at times sentimental novels (first serialized in Gilman's magazine, The Forerunner) still prove fascinating in their explications of gender in turn-of-the-century New England. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUBY ROSE by Rob Sanders
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 21, 2016

"Artistic expression clashes with classroom discipline, and neither is the winner. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Dance should be a 24/7 activity—or so believes one young fan. Read full book review >

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ROSE GOLD by Walter Mosley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Along the way to the untidy resolution, the most quotable of all contemporary detectives ('I knew I was in trouble because I was being told a fairy tale by a cop') stirs up enough trouble for scene after memorable scene. Mosley may not write great endings, but it's hard to top his middles."
Easy Rawlins, who once spanned years between volumes, takes his third case of 1967. Or rather, his third batch of cases. Read full book review >

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DIVALI ROSE by Vashanti Rahaman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Better for more mature picture-book audiences. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Set in Trinidad, this tale about cultural identity and the dangers of prejudice gently, though a bit clumsily, makes its way through some tricky subject matter. Read full book review >

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WHITE ROSE by Amy Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A vivid embellishment of a true account, Ephron's story is quick and lively enough to outrun the tedium that's the bane of historical romances."
Another historical romp from novelist/screenwriter Ephron (A Cup of Tea, 1997, etc.), who this time takes us south of the border and over the waves to Cuba on the eve of the Spanish-American War. Read full book review >