Search Results: "Melissa Bay Mathis"


BOOK REVIEW

EARTHSONG by Sally Rogers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"The music is included on the back of the jacket. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Olive Wadsworth's well-known verse, ``Over in the Meadow,'' has been adapted into a folksong by Rogers; now that song becomes a rollicking read-aloud counting book that glows with rich, jewel-like colors. Read full book review >

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WHAT A WONDERFUL DAY TO BE A COW by Carolyn Lesser
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 23, 1995

"Month by month, Lesser and Mathis create an exuberant paean to life. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What a wonderful way to teach children the months of the year, on a farm where every living thing is snug and secure. Read full book review >

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GRANDAD BILL'S SONG by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 12, 1994

"An unusually sensitive and carefully wrought evocation of the impact of a death on a loving family.(Picture book. 4-8)"
Jon asks a question of the others who were close to Grandad too: "What did you do on the day Grandad died?" Read full book review >

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THE TURTLE AND THE MOON by Charles Turner
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1991

"A lovely idyll, with just enough story to hold attention. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A solitary turtle observes a daily round of sunning, swimming, and withdrawing into his shell for the night—until one evening he finds an unusual companion: the moon. Read full book review >

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WHO SHOULD MELISSA MARRY? by Doris Cassiday
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"But there's no denying that fashion writer Cassiday's moderately interesting son-of-Silhouette romance is easier to take than the telegraphic, wildly formulaic demises of the Robinses."
That publicity-surfing entrepreneur Bill Adler, who created and decimated the Robins family (Who Killed the Robins Family?, 1984, etc.), is at it again, this time with another contest novel. Read full book review >

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MELISSA PARKINGTON’S BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL HAIR by Pat Brisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

Melissa's long, thick, shiny black hair impresses everyone. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Fun enough, till the formula sets in. (Suspense. 14-18)"
An impoverished serial foster child finds herself enrolled in the world's most exclusive preparatory school. Read full book review >

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TURTLE BAY by Saviour Pirotta
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 21, 1997

"Hushed, lavender-hued pictures befit the tone of the understated story; mottled backgrounds cast a quiet spell, as does the sagacious old man who appears to understand more than just turtles. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Outlined in the tranquil telling of a friendship between a young boy and a seemingly odd man who proves to be ``old and wise, and full of wonderful secrets'' is a beguiling look at the breeding process of Japanese sea turtles, who lay their eggs on land yet live in the ocean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIGHTHOUSE BAY by Kimberley Freeman
Released: April 9, 2013

"And although her attempt to build suspense is weak, the author's description of the beautiful Australian coastline will linger with readers long after they finish the book."
Freeman's romance (Wildflower Hill, 2010) weaves together the stories of two women, separated by a century, who finally move to embrace their futures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BUZZARD BAY by Bob Ferguson
Released: Sept. 14, 2012

"Not for the squeamish, but full of nail-biting excitement."
A struggling farm couple reveals extraordinary grit and determination when they find themselves pitted against an international cocaine cartel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAKE’S BAY by T.A.  Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2010

"Roberts (Shy Moon, 1989, etc.) knows his way around incunabula, boats, the California coastline and relationships floundering in secrets. He's less persuasive when it comes to Nazi meddling."
A San Francisco State academic searches for Sir Francis Drake's log books. Read full book review >