Search Results: "Maxine Swann"


BOOK REVIEW

THE FOREIGNERS by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, sensual and seductive."
The exotic (and erotic) aura of Buenos Aires leads Daisy, the narrator, into some murky personal and sexual encounters. Read full book review >

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FLOWER CHILDREN by Maxine Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2007

"More of a mood piece than a novel."
Hippies' offspring turn out to be as anxious and confused as regular kids. Read full book review >

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SERIOUS GIRLS by Maxine Swann
Released: Nov. 3, 2003

"Wonderfully perceptive and precise about an age that's too often portrayed in vague generalities."
With sensitivity and quiet wit, O. Henry Award-winner Swann delineates the turmoil of adolescence. Read full book review >

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ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN by Karen Cushman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2010

"A gem. (author's note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Queen Elizabeth I is on the throne. Read full book review >

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MAXINE BANKS IS GETTING MARRIED by Lori Aurelia Williams
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"It's a pleasure watching her learn from experience and apply that earned wisdom, especially the dawning recognition that if Demonee has the right to be loved and accepted for who she is, so has Maxine herself. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
From the first line, the eponymous narrator—affectionate, funny and smart—draws readers into her story with the same strong will she uses to persuade her longtime boyfriend, Brian, to tie the knot. Read full book review >

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NIGHT GARDENING by E.L. Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 1999

"Many a stylistic stumble, a paper-thin male lead, and much horticulture aimed straight at the sentimental."
Children's writer Kathryn Lasky becomes E.L. Swann to author this adult melodrama about declining families, thankless children, and, above all, blossoming love in the golden years. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Still, this anthology of Native narratives is a valuable sourcebook that takes ample note of specificity among tribes and, in the process, tells some awfully good stories."
Old stories receive new translations in this mammoth but spotty anthology. Read full book review >

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SHADOW OF THE LIONS by Christopher Swann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A patchy but promising work that suggests a writer likely to prove much stronger with his sophomore effort."
A novelist returns to his former prep school to teach, stirring up old memories of a schoolmate who vanished and various present-day student and teacher troubles in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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SWORD IN THE STACKS by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2016

"Never a dull moment in this lybrary school. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Dorrie's quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom in all times and climes takes her literally and figuratively from Passaic, New Jersey, into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014). Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL KEYHAND by Jen Swann Downey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Well worth a spot on library shelves…but it won't stay there long. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
A frustrated would-be hero from New Jersey and her teenage slacker brother fall into a library that lies outside of time. Chaos ensues. Read full book review >

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PI-RAT! by Maxine Lee
by Maxine Lee, illustrated by Maxine Lee
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Good piratical fun. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A pirate rat and his fearless crew sail the seas—until a "monster" ends the voyage. Read full book review >

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Tested by the Night by Maxine Mansfield
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"Pleasant adventure takes a back seat to eroticism in this fantasy romance."
With her bodyguard-turned-lover at her side and a few magical tricks up her sleeve, a princess embarks on a quest to earn the right to rule her patriarchal society in the fifth installment of Mansfield's (Touched by Magic, 2012, etc.) Academy Series. Read full book review >