Search Results: "Melanie McCall"


BOOK REVIEW

HIDING MONSTERS by Mike  Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 12, 2012

"While it may make readers wonder just what's the point of having such utterly cuddly monsters, the app is still fun and snappily put together. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
Cuddly, agreeable versions of mythical monsters wait to be found in this breezy exploration book from the author, illustrator and developers behind Hiding Hannah (2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HIDING HANNAH by Mike  Johnson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2011

"Though it lacks anything in the way of extras or games, Hannah's little story is one worth seeking out. She's a charmer. (iPad storybook app. 2-6)"
A child's frustrating habit of hiding things (including herself) around the house is offset by the cuteness of the hider and the light, playful tone of this app. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO LIONS LIVE ON LILY PADS by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: July 24, 2006

"Perfect for story hours, classroom reads or just a rambunctious reading with a single lap-sitter, this is sure to elicit laughs and loud answers from any audience. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Walsh repeats her winning formula, this time asking children about animal's homes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DO MONKEYS TWEET? by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The simplicity of presentation masks the book's complex wit and trickiness: Children will love it. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Walsh (Do Pigs Have Stripes?, 1996) again asks preschoolers questions to which they probably know the answers, but that doesn't mean they're a snap. ``Do horses bark? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AUDACITY by Melanie Crowder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Compelling, powerful and unforgettable. (historical note, interview, glossary, sources) (Historical fiction/poetry. 12-18)"
A novel in verse featuring the real-life Clara Lemlich, a courageous, tenacious warrior for workers' rights in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JORDIN TOOTOO by Melanie Florence
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2011

"Like her subject, the author doesn't pull many punches in Tootoo's rousing, rather hard-bitten tale, which, thankfully, has a storybook ending aimed directly at teenage-boy reluctant readers. (Biography. 11-15)"
Hockey was born in Canada, so it comes as a shock to learn that the first Inuit to play in the National Hockey League was Jordin Tootoo, who made it to the Nashville Predators in 2003. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AN UNINTERRUPTED VIEW OF THE SKY by Melanie Crowder
Released: June 13, 2017

"A riveting, Dickensian tale set in 1990s Bolivia. (glossary, selected sources) (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
Francisco, a middle-class Bolivian high school senior, and his younger sister must move into a dangerous prison after their indigenous father is wrongfully arrested. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EAST JUSTICE by Melanie Braverman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1996

"The pleasure is all in the precise, delicately shaded perceptions of Grace as a young girl."
Very slowly, a foggy story emerges from the lyrical reflections of Grace—a young woman who returns to her hometown of East Justice, Iowa, to take care of her dying mother and remains there, ``courting'' memories of childhood—in a thin if well- written first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AWAY FROM YOU by Melanie Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 5, 2005

"More Graham Greene than Doris Lessing, Finn writes with cool detachment and is best in recreating life among the fading colonialists."
Originally published in England, Finn's promising debut novel intertwines the story of a rootless young woman's return to Kenya after her estranged father's death with the history of her parents' unhappy life in mid-20th century East Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"McGrath achieves a balance between mockery and understanding that is rare among commentators on contemporary spirituality."
An Englishwoman's amused yet sympathetic journey through the New Age culture of the American West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRAIRIE SILENCE by Melanie Hoffert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A heartfelt love song to a place and its people as well as an honest and rewarding rendering of the author's interior landscape."
A rural expatriate examines the pain caused by leaving the place she loved, the struggle involved in aligning her sexuality with faith and hometown values, and the devastation wrought by rural depopulation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLAYING FAST by Melanie Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Dynamic, sexy, and intense, especially perfect for baseball romance fans."
When Finn Castro, baseball's sexy bad boy, gets sent down to the Saint's minor league team to straighten out, he meets team administrator Eva Harlowe, who never, ever dates baseball players and isn't going to start with a troublemaker—no matter how tempting he is. Read full book review >