Search Results: "Mary Banks"


BOOK REVIEW

N IS FOR NAVIDAD by Susan Middleton Elya
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"An author's note provides further information (noting that most of the customs included are Mexican in origin), and a glossary gives pronunciations for the Spanish words and complete definitions. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
A lively introduction to Latino Christmas traditions follows an alphabetical structure as a way to introduce key Spanish terms and explain holiday customs and activities. Read full book review >

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MARY MILLER
by Stephanie Buschardt

Despite its title, there’s not a lot of happiness going around in Mary Miller’s new collection, Always Happy Hour. “There is nothing more disgusting, really, than people enjoying themselves so thoroughly when you’re miserable,” writes Miller in the book’s opening story, a rather grim yet appropriate introduction to the morbid hilarity that’s to come in the following pages. More ...


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CABINS IN THE WOODS
by Leila Roy

There were twenty-five letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. Each letter came with a registration ...
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LENNY’S SPACE by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2007

"Graceful and touching. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this deceptively simple gem of a novel, Banks tells the story of Lenny Brewster, a bright but lonely nine-year-old who is gifted with a curious mind and a strong mechanical ability, but lacks the facility to see the world from another person's perspective. Read full book review >

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THE DARLING by Russell Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Banks never makes it easy, but this is worth reading as a warning to anyone not chary of the children of privilege."
The Pulitzer-nominated author of Cloudsplitter (1998), among others, looks unsparingly at the bitter life of a 1960s revolutionary. Read full book review >

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THE BITTEN by L.A. Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"In fantasy, anything can be saved."
Fourth entry featuring destiny-driven Damali Richards, Vampire Huntress (The Awakening, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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RIDING THE TIGER by Milena Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A spectacular novel of colonial China that should put this first-time author on the map."
Debut novelist Banks crafts a sweeping tale of seduction, betrayal and war. Read full book review >

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Amelia's Prayer by Christiane Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2015

"A flawed but still rewarding tale of a relationship."
An epic novel of a romance forged in war and of the couple's later troubles while raising a family. Read full book review >

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THE AWAKENING by L.A. Banks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Strong improvement for Banks, who found herself attacked by Internet fans of Laurel K. Hamilton, Anita Blake, and Buffy's Joss Whedon, vampiricists who make no reflections in mirrors."
Second and shorter trade paperback entry in the Afro Vampire Huntress rock 'n' roll trilogy rip-off of Blade, Buffy, and Lestat, following Minion (2003). Read full book review >

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Released: March 18, 1999

"A neat cipher of the rebus symbols appears in the border of every spread. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This short tour of the jungle from Banks (And If the Moon Could Talk, 1998, etc.) and Bogacki (The Story of a Blue Bird, 1998, etc.) features so many rebuses that it is more of a puzzle than a picture book, but a fun one at that. Read full book review >

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FRIENDS OF THE HEART by Kate Banks
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 7, 2005

"Life, death, love, friendship, superstition, self-discovery and more are examined in this sometimes belabored, sometimes joyful, ultimately tragic story. (Fiction. 12+)"
Banks's story has the slightly detached modern—and adult—sensibility of a New Yorker short story: The relationships of a group of vacationing friends and a loving, multigenerational family in Italy are described in both warm sensory waves and with a colder, steady current of psychological analysis. Read full book review >

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WALK SOFTLY, RACHEL by Kate Banks
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Absorbing, powerful, remarkable. (Fiction. 11-15)"
"I used to have a brother," begins Rachel, 14, as she tells her story and that of her dead older brother, having found his journal. Read full book review >