Search Results: "Melanie Hoffert"


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 >

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MY BEAK, YOUR BEAK by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 2002

"As there's no corresponding sense of closure in My Beak, Your Beak, the two titles form a seamless whole, making this more like one work for the price of two—still, the theme is certainly important enough to justify the extra expense. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Walsh (Big and Little, not reviewed, etc) continues to delight and inform toddlers with these two celebrations of unity in diversity. Read full book review >

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A HANDFUL OF SUNSHINE by Melanie Eclare
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Expect a run on sunflower seed packets next spring. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An offbeat and engaging offering in an oversized format from a new press. Read full book review >

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DO PIGS HAVE STRIPES? by Melanie Walsh
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The work is easily mastered, and doesn't bear rereading, but certainly has its charms. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Burning questions of the animal world are answered here: Does a bird have a big black wet nose? Read full book review >

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ISAAC AND HIS AMAZING ASPERGER SUPERPOWERS! by Melanie Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2016

"While simplistic, it's a serviceable starter for discussions of spectrum disorders with younger neurotypical audiences. (URL list) (Picture book. 6-8)"
Isaac explains why he wears a mask and cape and sometimes has special needs. Read full book review >

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LIVING WITH MOM AND LIVING WITH DAD by Melanie Walsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"Even with this misgiving, this is a necessary and accessible treatment of a common family constellation. Recommended for children of divorce and for others seeking to understand diverse family structures. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Her parents may be divorced, but this little girl's family is anything but broken. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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

PARCHED by Melanie Crowder
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 4, 2013

"A wrenching piece with a wisp of hope for the protagonists if not for the rest of their world. (Fiction. 12-14)"
With severe drought, child enslavement, and multiple shootings of people and dogs, this slim volume isn't for the faint of heart, though it repays those who soldier on. Read full book review >

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HE WHO DREAMS by Melanie Florence
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This novel allows young readers to embrace their own heritages and realize they stand on the shoulders of all their ancestors. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Living on his Cree mother's Aboriginal reserve but looking like his redheaded Irish father, narrator John McCaffrey struggles to discover where he belongs. Read full book review >

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THE GLOAMING by Melanie Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Remarkably well-paced and well-written, this novel ends with an existentially astute finale. Don't expect to be able to set this book down or forget its haunted characters."
A propulsive literary thriller toggles between Switzerland and Tanzania. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >