Search Results: "Mel Ziegler"


BOOK REVIEW

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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"An unabashedly free-spirited celebration of the power of outside-the-box thinking."
The warmly inspiring account of how a journalist and an artist stumbled into business and founded Banana Republic, one of the most successful clothing chains in retail history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 1992

"The new republic's principals had best hope that their business has firmer foundations and better organization than their book—which, most assuredly, won't be everyone's cup of tea. (Seventy-five line drawings.)"
A tedious the-journey-is-the-reward exercise in launching a business. 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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HOW NOT TO BE POPULAR by Jennifer Ziegler
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"Thoughtful and fun. (Fiction. YA)"
Picking up in the middle of yet another of her ultra-liberal parents' cross-country moves, it's obvious that 17-year-old Sugar "Maggie" Dempsey is sick of relocating, especially when this latest move from Oregon to Texas separates her from her best friend and first serious romance. Read full book review >

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OLIVIER by Philip Ziegler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Despite a lack of revelations, this is probably the best Olivier book for general readers."
Veteran biographer Ziegler (Edward Heath, 2010, etc.) offers a well-rounded portrait of the legendary English actor. Read full book review >

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KING EDWARD VIII by Philip Ziegler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 1991

"A well-researched, morally acute portrait of the monarch as Peter Pan, all the more devastating for its author's abundant good will and compassion."
Was King Edward VIII simply a Prince Charming who yielded his throne for "the woman I love" or was he, as recent biographers have claimed, a political naif bewitched by a sexual adventuress? 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 >