Search Results: "Mel Parish"


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Ulterior Motives by Mel Parish
Released: May 13, 2013

"A slow-paced story of captivity with an emotional center that will keep readers engaged."
A methodical thriller bristling with interpersonal intrigue and compelling characters. Read full book review >

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AMELIA BEDELIA'S FIRST FIELD TRIP by Herman Parish
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2011

"Parish has turned the clock back, making Amelia Bedelia young again and giving a new generation of readers the opportunity to enjoy her humor and self-confidence. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Readers are sure to recognize the younger version of their favorite literal-thinker as she goes on her first-ever school field trip to the farm in this fourth of her picture-book adventures. 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 >

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THE ROVER by Mel Odom
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"A cute, smartly told pastiche of Tolkien and Terry Brooks aimed at the Harry Potter crowd and librarians at every level."
Odom's first hardcover is a charming fantasy about a bookish, pint-sized librarian whose small size and vast knowledge earn him self-confidence, the admiration of various rough characters, and a dragon's treasure. Read full book review >

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THE MITT MAN by Mel Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Discursive, overly complex, but, despite occasionally cumbersome prose, a debut that makes a moving statement about redemption and loss."
Feverishly overwritten and densely plotted but nonetheless strongly compelling African-American southern gothic of a cardsharp whose scams against friends and foes become a metaphor for the paradoxical nature of religious faith. Read full book review >

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DOWN THE SHORE by Stan Parish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2014

"No plot, no character development, so Parish's fluid narrative skills are wasted."
The partying is intense in this first novel, a look at America's bright young things under a cloud or two. 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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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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NAM by Mel  Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"An ambitious tale that attempts to capture the epic size of the Vietnam conflict."
A debut historical novel offers a wide-lens account of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >