Search Results: "Mark Beech"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A competent sports book, but a sharper edge on the author's narrative knife would have sliced more deeply below the surface."
Sports Illustrated editor and writer Beech debuts with an account of Army football's last great season, 1958, when the team finished 8-0-1 and declined a Cotton Bowl invitation. Read full book review >

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WHITE BEECH by Germaine Greer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"Passionate and well-intended but not especially accessible."
A controversial scholar/journalist's quasi-academic account of how she helped transform Australian land dedicated to dairy farming back into rain forest. Read full book review >

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WEEKEND MISCHIEF by Rob Jackson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2010

"Dogs and mud and bang-ups—sounds like the weekend. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Jackson's poems throw off an antique light. Read full book review >

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DRAGONS AT CRUMBLING CASTLE by Terry Pratchett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Juvenilia from a genius, showing bright signs of future masterworks. (introduction) (Short stories. 10-12)"
Fourteen rollicking tales, most of which were written when the author was a teenager and published over 40 years ago in his local newspaper. Read full book review >

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A FUNERAL IN THE BATHROOM by Kalli Dakos
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Another solid addition for classroom shelves…just cross fingers that it is not too inspiring. (Poetry. 6-9)"
Dakos adds another collection to the poetry shelf, this one taking its inspiration from the school bathroom. Read full book review >

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TROLLS, GO HOME! by Alan MacDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2007

"Despite Egbert's bluster, no goats are harmed in the course of this mild farce. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Three hairy trolls find the road to acceptance particularly rocky when they try to settle in a quiet suburb. Read full book review >

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THE COPPER BEECH by Maeve Binchy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"There are a few bright and snappy spots—but, in general, it's all heartwarming to the swelter point. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for November)"
Another collection of related tales (as in this popular Irish author's The Lilac Bus, 1991) dealing with a varied clutch of people and their several life crises. Read full book review >

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MISSING MARK by Julie Kramer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Nicely done, if not groundbreaking, with a likable heroine in an intriguing profession."
TV investigative reporter Riley Spartz has an instinct about stories, and the unexplained disappearance of a groom-to-be gets her juices flowing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >

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EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"Funny and spirited (and secretly educational, but nobody will notice). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Punctuation with pizzazz. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 19, 2012

"This smart, stylish series opener raises the bar for paranormal fiction, leaving readers impatient for the next installment. (author's note) (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)"
Crime noir meets paranormal romance in this addictive thriller about two London teens in whom the fae awakens, conferring abilities at once exhilarating and harshly stigmatized. Read full book review >

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PAPA’S MARK by Gwendolyn Battle-Lavert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 2004

"Heartfelt. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Talk of the upcoming election permeates the African-American community because, for the first time, they will be permitted to vote alongside their white neighbors. Read full book review >