Search Results: "Melissa Thomson"


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KEENA FORD AND THE SECOND-GRADE MIX-UP by Melissa Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"Still, her escapades and the way she handles them ring with an emotional honesty readers will recognize: If she continues to develop, she has the potential to become a genuine character in her own right. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Diarist Keena Ford is ambivalent about second grade: Girls and boys are placed in separate classes, so she will not be with her best friend, Eric. Read full book review >

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KEENA FORD AND THE FIELD TRIP MIX-UP by Melissa Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2009

"Though a strong African-American heroine is most welcome in chapter books and Keena and her family are likable and realistic, this series needs more polish before Keena writes about her next month in school. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Keena Ford's second-grade class is taking a field trip to the United States Capitol. Read full book review >

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GOD HAS NO GRANDCHILDREN by Kim Gyeong-Uk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Kim opens an intriguing window into modern South Korean society, a slice of the world that is confoundingly different from ours—but also much the same."
Scenes from the class struggle, Gangnam-style. Read full book review >

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THE TYPEWRITER by Bill Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"Words rule in this intriguing, impressive, imaginative, nearly wordless narrative drama. (Picturebook. 5-9)"
Three kids find an old typewriter, igniting spectacular surprises when they start playing with it. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Better written than the usual teen thriller fare, the series promises to hook readers with suspense, action, and adolescent romance. (Fiction. YA)"
This sci-fi thriller with a dose of high-school angst is the first in a series. Read full book review >

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VISUAL MAGIC by David Thomson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A dandy introduction to the concept of perception. (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
An intriguing compilation of optical illusions: images that sort themselves out when studied or that can be read more than one way; op art; an Escher; pictures that gain a third dimension when viewed through the special glasses provided, etc. Several of these have appeared elsewhere, but it's instructive to have them together in this handy eight-inch square book—especially with Thomson's brief but lucid explanations of what is happening when the eye and mind try to decipher images that are designed to confuse them. Read full book review >

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SECRECY by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Thomson succeeds on a number of levels here, for the novel works as a mystery, as a love story, as a historical novel and, more abstractly, as an exploration of aesthetic theory."
Thomson (Death of a Murderer, 2007, etc.) takes us to 17th-century Florence, which by definition seems to be full of corrupt politicians, unscrupulous clergy and aspiring artists—and this, of course, long after the Renaissance has ended. Read full book review >

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TRUST FUND KIDS by Tony Thomson
Released: Feb. 3, 2013

"A comedy of human follies that's difficult to enjoy."
A biting satire of cloistered lives in small-town New England. Read full book review >

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ROSEBUD by David Thomson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 1996

"A mulligan stew of a book that is best read as a complement to, rather than as a substitute for, other books on Welles. (69 photos) (First printing of 50,000)"
Eccentric biography of an even more eccentric genius. Read full book review >

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AIR AND FIRE by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"Thomson's surreal sensibilities, challenged by the cross- fertilization of cultures and desire, elevate standard melodramatic fare into a saga richly atmospheric and satisfying."
Fantasy and reality coalesce in a cauldron of passion and pathos, fired by the heat of a searing summer in coastal Mexico: a formidable fin de siäcle tale from the wide-ranging author of The Five Gates of Hell (1991) and Dreams of Leaving (1988). Read full book review >

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BELOVED POISON by E.S. Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A debut mystery chock full of mysterious doings, riveting historical detail, and so many horrifying anecdotes about the state of medicine in the mid-1800s that you can almost feel the evil miasma rising from the pages."
The coming demolition of St. Saviour's Infirmary in Victorian London marks a decisive chapter for a young woman who's lived her entire life there as a man. Read full book review >

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THREE BLACK BOYS by Zangba  Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Structural flaws can't undermine the raw power of this stark, timely story about life in the urban underbelly."
West African author mines the hardscrabble life of young inner-city thugs. Read full book review >