Search Results: "Mary Lou Carney"


BOOK REVIEW

DR. WELCH AND THE GREAT GRAPE STORY by Mary Lou Carney
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"Still, it makes an intriguing tale, and Carney caps it with a brief corporate history that connects the dots between Welch's early (and unsuccessful) efforts to sell his 'unfermented wine' and its modern, multinational, ubiquity. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Meidell creates an idealized, small-town setting in lusciously hued watercolors for Carney's sunny account of the invention of grape juice—that was produced by New Jersey dentist Thomas Bramwell Welch as a nonalcoholic alternative to communion wine for fellow Methodists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Final pages include instructions for knitting and a pattern for the striped sweater. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Macomber, a bestselling author for adults, and Carney join forces for an amusing story about a boy who receives a handmade, striped sweater as a birthday gift from his grandmother. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"This yippy, yappy Yorkie is just another tired puppy in search of a plot. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Macomber and Carney team up for their second entry in the Blossom Street Kids series, this time focusing on an unwanted move to a new neighborhood for a girl named Ellen and her Yorkshire terrier named Baxter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WIREWALKER by Mary Lou Hall
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Glorifying individual achievement without addressing the complex, ongoing legacy of race and racism, this naïve fable fails to convince. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Clarence, 14, saw his African-American mother shot and killed in their Richmond, Virginia, home; three years later, he and his hard-drinking, Irish-American dad live off Johnnyprice's dogfighting and crack-dealing business. Read full book review >

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AL JAFFEE'S MAD LIFE by Mary-Lou Weisman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Doesn't provide as much depth as more conventional biographies, but Jaffee's voice and life will hook the reader."
As journalist Weisman (My Baby Boomer Baby Book: A Record of Milestones, Millstones & Gallstones, 2006, etc.) demonstrates, the life story of veteran MAD cartoonist is stranger than anything he has ever drawn for the magazine. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK’S BRAVEST by Mary Pope Osborne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 13, 2002

"Not merely a title about one day of terror, Osborne's brief but well-fashioned text stirs the spirit to celebrate a quiet and caring bravery. (historical note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
In response to September 11th, Osborne returned to her story of the legendary 19th-century New York City volunteer firefighter Mose Humphreys (American Tall Tales, 1991) and refashioned it into a stirring picture-book tribute to the 343 firefighters who died on that terrible day. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF MICHAEL MACINNES by Jeff Carney
FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2006

"Certainly a marvelous candidate for the Guys Read website, and with lines like Michael's, all this needs is Fred MacMurray to play the part. (Fiction. YA)"
A rip-roaring, action-packed spin on the comic books and adventure stories of yore, this cinematic novel will entertain even the most cynical of young-adult readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2015

"One has the sense that the author set out to write a kind of rejoinder to Into the Wild, but the result lacks Jon Krakauer's sense of insight into what drives people in their quest of something beyond."
A diffuse tale of spiritual misadventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Couch potatoes take warning: the experiences described in this testimonial are often tough to read about, and the conclusions, while sometimes convincing, might best be taken with a touch of skepticism."
On the heels of the paleo diet comes a new claim: taking on the physical challenges of the environment faced by our prehistoric ancestors can undo what easy calories and effortless comfort have done to our bodies—made them fat, lazy, and weak. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Flawed, but abundantly blessed with adventure and appeal."
Despite obvious similarities with some fantasy and kids' classics, The Fire Stone is a charming story with relatable characters for young-adult readers. Read full book review >