Search Results: "Mary Hooper"


BOOK REVIEW

FALLEN GRACE by Mary Hooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"The sobering realities of child poverty and exploitation are vividly conveyed, along with fascinating details of the Victorian funeral trade. (historical note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
In the years since their mother's death, Grace Parkes, 16, and her developmentally disabled sister, Lily, 17, have struggled to survive on their own in Victorian London. Read full book review >

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POETRY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Eliza's own story comes clear in a most fairytale-like ending complete with a possible suitor named Valentine. (cast of characters and places) (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
Eliza Rose—cast out by her stepmother and imprisoned in 17th-century London for stealing a meat pie—is rescued by Ma Gwyn from the clink because of her green eyes and black hair. Read full book review >

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NEWES FROM THE DEAD by Mary Hooper
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Fans of Jennifer Donnelly's A Northern Light (2003) or Julie Hearn's The Minister's Daughter (2005) will be eager to make Anne's acquaintance. (Fiction. YA)"
A hanged scullery maid rises from the dead in this fascinating historical novel based on actual events in Cromwellian England. Read full book review >

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PETALS IN THE ASHES by Mary Hooper
ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2004

"Still, those who stay the course will be rewarded with an exciting tale, enriched by a clear picture of life in Restoration London, and a protagonist able to shrug off losses, even of her treasured business, as long as her love life is looking up. (notes, recipes) (Historical fiction. 11-13)"
Out of the frying pan, literally into the fire, the young London shopkeeper who witnessed the horrors of the Plague in At the Sign of the Sugared Plum (2003) returns to the City just in time to see most of it go up in the Great Fire of 1666. Read full book review >

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VELVET by Mary Hooper
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Intriguing, savory Victorian chiller. (author's note; historical notes; bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A Victorian teen becomes dangerously ensnared in the sinister world of a fraudulent medium in this well-constructed, thoroughly researched tale set in London in 1900. Read full book review >

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AMY by Mary Hooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"But the near-universal obsession with chat will nevertheless make this an easy sell, and readers will enjoy this vicarious brush with danger. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A cautionary tale from Britain about love on the Internet demonstrates the influence of online chat on teenage girls on both sides of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

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AT THE SIGN OF THE SUGARED PLUM by Mary Hooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Though Hannah's too shallow a character to convey the epidemic's terror effectively, readers will get a vivid picture of London's dirt and bustle, as well as generous dollops of herb and flower lore—supplemented by closing notes, a glossary, and even recipes. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A sometimes graphic tale of London in the plague-ridden summer of 1665, as seen through the eyes of a newly arrived country girl. Read full book review >

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POPPY by Mary Hooper
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This mildly interesting peek into a historical setting reads like an elderly person's memoir. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
This British import gives readers a look at one of the ways women served in World War I. Read full book review >

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MIDNIGHT MOVIE by Tobe Hooper
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2011

"Horror as comedy, bawdy and blue, more yucks than frights."
The creator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre takes to print with a co-authored foray into zombie comic novel territory. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"Veteran readers who do not expect the universe to reveal its secrets easily will put in the work required to finish this energetic exploration of modern physics."
An enthusiastic, mostly comprehensible account of a popular theory many scientists believe will unite two of the few remaining separate elements in the universe: matter and energy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"By no means anti-evolutionary fodder for creationists, but rather a cautionary tale of how science gets done—and undone."
Knowledgeable freelance journalist Hooper (Would the Buddha Wear a Walkman?, 1990) shoots down an icon of evolution in action—in a well-written account of the life and times of the peppered moth and the eccentric lepidopterists who chased it. Read full book review >

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THE LONGEST WINTER by Meredith Hooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A grand story of six brave men who literally and figuratively pulled together in their race for survival."
The tale of how Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen triumphed in the race to the South Pole, beating British contender Robert Scott by only two weeks, still grips our imagination 100 years later. Read full book review >