Search Results: "Mel Nicolai"


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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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THE SHAKE by Mel Nicolai
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"An utterly readable fusion of vampire fiction and labyrinthine whodunit powered by a highly intelligent narrative containing deep existential speculation and numerous philosophical references; Anne Rice meets Dashiell Hammett at a Zen Buddhist monastery."
A philosophically inclined vampire turns gumshoe and investigates an unsolved murder. 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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SNIPER by Nicolai Lilin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2012

"This firsthand account of the Chechen War is light on politics but heavy on the grim reality of mindless killing."
Conscripted into the Russian army, a rebellious 18-year-old bent on fleeing military service has his attitude adjusted when he is forcibly detained, subjected to dehumanizing training tactics and sent off to fight in Chechnya. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN REGRETS by Mel Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2015

"A remarkable tale of perseverance and a haunting reminder that abuse can often hide in plain sight."
A stark, shocking memoir that offers a look into the mindset of abused children. Read full book review >

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THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BOOKS by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2004

"Though curiously lacking female characters, Odom's bouncy, funny, cliff-hanger adventure is perfect for the Potter crowd, with enough puns, wry asides, and satirical send-ups to amuse Tolkien fans."
A new story and start of a series set in the world of Odom's witty, enjoyable, action-filled hardcover fantasy debut (The Rover, 2001). Read full book review >

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SPLIT IMAGE by Mel Glenn
POETRY
Released: March 31, 2000

"Deeply felt, if not particularly profound. (Fiction. YA)"
Glenn (Foreign Exchange, 1999, etc.) returns to his favorite setting, turbulent Tower High, for more teen melodrama cast in short, mostly free verse, poems. Read full book review >

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WHERE THERE'S SMOKE by Mel McKinney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The wildly far-fetched plot has its own internal logic, sharpened at every possible moment by the pungent aroma of fine cigars."
Newcomer McKinney embroiders a gossamer criminal fantasy on a single historical fact: President Kennedy's purchase of 1,100 Cuban cigars the night before he ordered the embargo of Cuba in July 1963. Read full book review >

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ON THE REAL SIDE by Mel Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A careful balance of example and commentary—as filled with the voices and laughter of black humor as with the pain, injustice, indignities, and exclusion that gave rise to it."
In this timely, encyclopedic, personable history of African- American humor, Watkins (journalist, editor New York Times) offers in his rich examples and unpretentious analysis a history of a culture through its entertainment and, in a wider context, an explanation of the functions of laughter among minorities. 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 >