Search Results: "Mel Calvert"


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MEL by Liz Berry
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 1991

"This somewhat overdramatic aspect of the plot threatens, but never thwarts, its robust spirit or enterprising answers to life's ongoing difficulties. (Fiction. 12+)"
Likable, hard-working Mel emerges from her mother's neglect and abuse to take charge of her own future. Read full book review >

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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to My Funeral by Mel Calvert
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"The humor runs the gamut from clever to corny, but the lighthearted, upbeat tone makes for a charming read."
Calvert (How I Quit Smoking and Lived to Tell About It, 2012) shares the often humorous story of his life as a traveling entertainer performing comedy, music and magic both in solo performances and with his wife, Sunny. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"A brisk, unadorned personal account of a trying time in one woman's life."
A memoir of one woman's battle with cancer and her reliance on faith from debut author Kreinhop, with occasional commentary by author Calvert (How I Quit Smoking and Lived to Tell About It, 2014). Read full book review >

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LENNY AND MEL by Erik P. Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"An impromptu neighborhood Flag Day parade, flagless but enthusiastic, caps this promising, easy-reading eye-roller. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Newcomer Kraft treads unafraid through Scieszka and Pinkwater territory with these holiday misadventures, perpetrated on, or by, clueless twins (fraternal ones, to judge from the stick figure illustrations) Lenny and Mel. Read full book review >

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LENNY AND MEL: AFTER-SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL by Erik P. Kraft
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2004

"Young readers fond of characters who are a bit too smart for their own good should be amused. (Fiction. 8-10)"
The slacker sibs are back for a third outing, this time as investigative reporters off to check out the seamy underside of after-school clubs. Read full book review >

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GREAT LIVES by Patricia Calvert
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Perhaps even more fascinating are the frequent chance meetings of mythic figures: Even though the territory was so vast, many of these folks crossed paths more than once. (index, not seen, b&w photographs and illustrations, further reading) (Biography. 11- 14)"
Continuing the Great Lives series, Calvert (Glennis, Before and After, 1996, etc.) offers an intimate introduction to the men and women who tamed the American West with this engaging and friendly history. Read full book review >

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PICKING UP THE PIECES by Patricia Calvert
FICTION
Released: April 30, 1993

"The supporting cast is nicely realized and credible—especially the likable and exceptional Harris. (Fiction. 12+)"
Megan, 14, has always loved summer at the lake until a spinal injury changes her life ``forever...only seven letters...its true meaning...too huge...to comprehend.'' The simplest activities now take ``tons of time''; days of running and basketball are gone, along with dreams of college, coaching, even marriage and kids. Read full book review >

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DRESSED TO KEEL by Candy Calvert
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2006

"Calvert's debut folds mystery and romance into a valentine to the cruising experience."
Sea-cruising is everything it's cracked up to be and more when the activities include robbery and murder. Read full book review >

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SOONER by Patricia Calvert
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1998

"She recaps the earlier book in detail, sets the larger post—Civil War scene with a historical foreword and an afterword, and gives Tyler's change of heart believable reasons and pacing. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Having traveled all the way to Texas in a vain effort to persuade his father to come back to Missouri, Tyler, 13, discovers, resists, and ultimately embraces the inevitability of change in this strong, simple sequel to Bigger (1994). Read full book review >

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GLENNIS, BEFORE AND AFTER by Patricia Calvert
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Glennis, with some prodding from an older, wiser supporting cast, learns that she has built a prison for herself out of naãve hopes but has the ability to change and, ultimately, to forgive. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Her father is in prison and the family has broken up, but Glennis is convinced that things will soon go back to the way they were in this introspective problem novel. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE LIBRARIES by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2005

"Lively, charming and coyly amusing, but much too similar to current and previous genre blockbusters."
A bit boggy with back-story, the third but not necessarily final volume nonetheless brings a satisfying end to the chaos that set plucky librarians fleeing at the close of The Destruction of the Books (2004). Read full book review >