Search Results: "Melanie Gideon"


BOOK REVIEW

MELANIE by Carol Carrick
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Everything from the knobs on Melanie's spinning wheel to the troll's red shoelaces house is in sharp, bright focus—everything, that is, but the story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Melanie is blind. Read full book review >

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GIDEON by Olivier Dunrea
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"Dunrea has proven himself a master of child behavior (and waterfowl)—let's hope the gaggle keeps growing. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new gosling joins Dunrea's Gossie & Friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIDEON by Alex Gordon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"This novel will thoroughly satisfy readers looking for suspense, horror and a grisly good time."
A seductive work of paranormal horror that will draw readers into its cold and gloomy world. Read full book review >

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THE MAP THAT BREATHED by Melanie Gideon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The author leaves plenty of room for sequels, and repeat visits to Greenwater will be welcome—preferably without all the contrivance and excess thematic baggage. (Fiction. 11-13)"
A hodgepodge tale of parallel worlds and travelers between them features children with hidden pasts and abilities, a soul-sucking monster, inscrutable alien devices from who-knows-where, a plot laced with coincidences—and signs of a lively authorial imagination that can't keep this overstuffed debut afloat, but bodes well for future work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALLEY OF THE MOON by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An enjoyable magic carpet ride back to an earlier time and a gentler place."
Two narrators, separated by nearly a century, tell a tale of old-time charm and contemporary agita. Read full book review >

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WIFE 22 by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2012

"By the end, Alice becomes downright unattractive, undeserving of the happiness that the genre typically grants. Nevertheless, women of a certain age will find her escapades breezy fun, especially since the William character is blatantly intended to bring Colin Firth to mind."
A domestic romantic fantasy for maturing but computer-savvy Bridget Jones fans, Gideon's first adult novel (The Slippery Year, 2009) concerns a wife torn between her uncommunicative, grumpy husband and the charming stranger she flirts with online. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Refreshing and sassy, with more than a dash of tenderness thrown in."
A young-adult author reflects on the realities of middle age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MELANIE KLEIN by Julia Kristeva
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Of much substance, though of interest to a very small readership."
The second installment, of more narrow interest than her Hannah Arendt (p. 787), in postmodern pioneer Kristeva's planned three-volume triptych on female geniuses. Read full book review >

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MEETING MELANIE by Nancy Garden
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 25, 2002

"Questions of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, class distinctions, wealth, and poverty are touched upon, if not wrestled with, and there's just enough food for thought to keep things interesting. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Allie, almost 12, loves her life on Seal Head Island off the coast of Maine, but it promises to be a hard summer. Read full book review >

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MELANIE JANE by Susan Arkin Couture
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1996

"For actual silliness and less moralistic fervor, stick with Stieg's Spinky Sulks (1988). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bright colors and winsome illustrations cannot sweeten this didactic rhyming tale from two picture-book newcomers. Read full book review >