Search Results: "Melissa Wiley"


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THE PRAIRIE THIEF by Melissa Wiley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"A pleasing folkloric/historical blend. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
How can Louisa save her Pa after he's been accused of thievery, a crime punishable on the prairie by hanging, without breaking the promise she made to another? Even if she tells the truth, who will believe her? 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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FOX AND CROW ARE NOT FRIENDS by Melissa Wiley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Funny chapter titles will amuse adults, and subtle visual details make this a fable book that new readers will return to. (Early reader. 3-7)"
The familiar fable about Fox and Crow, retold for new readers. Read full book review >

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The Wiley Kids in the Adventure of Cottonwood Canyon by The Wiley Kids
Released: March 22, 2015

"A well-written blend of education and entertainment, with relatable young protagonists and a deft 21st-century twist on historical sleuthing."
In this lively and inventive e-book, five canyoneering young friends shift into detective mode when they stumble upon a mystery rooted in Native American history. 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 >

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WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN by Judy Sierra
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Sierra (see above) and Bang drew from the same original source, and their texts are very similar; use the new as a replacement or alternative to the old—better yet, learn the story and tell it! (Picture book/folklore. 5-7)"
Wiley and his mother fool the powerful Hairy Man once, twice, three times, sending him fleeing back into the swamp. Read full book review >

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WILEY AND THE HAIRY MAN by Molly Bang
Released: April 26, 1976

"That the hairy man keeps coming back makes for a better story, and though the three-times-and-out condition, introduced toward the end, does seem to be stacking the cards for the hero, you will admire Wiley's mother and her resourceful final routing of the bogey."
In outline, skinny black Wiley in Alabama and the scary "hairy man" he has to fool three times to be rid of can't help reminding you of Mayor's Liza Lou (above) and the separate swamp monsters she tricks, but Bang's glowing gray-and-white pictures are far more subdued and there's a touch of humor in her monster even though he's as ferocious a creature as you'd want to see. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2006

"Next up: Grampa's Zombie BBQ (0-316-05943-9 trade, 0-316-0594200 paperback). (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Readers will scream, but definitely not in terror, at this tale of a truly unforgettable Halloween outing. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2007

"A serviceable local history of a Southern tradition."
Personal reflection cum historical study concerning the Fountain camp meeting in Georgia. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1996

"Humor is a formidable weapon, and Wiley puts it to outstanding use in this sharp-edged book. (Author tour)"
A broad, often wildly funny examination of ``blackness'' in America, by the author of What Black People Should Do Now (1993). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 1992

"A critical Civil War campaign, narrated with brisk attention to the nuances of strategy—and with measured solemnity over the waste of life in war. (Forty-six b&w photographs and 17 maps—not seen.)"
Just as commercial blight covers the once bloodstained battlefields of Franklin and Nashville, so have other Civil War battles obscured the significance of Rebel defeats there. Read full book review >

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"A delightfully monstrous and fresh take on a traditional story."
This fairy-tale retelling by picture-book veteran Blevins (Colors All Around, 2016, etc.) and illustrator Cox (Ben's Rocket, 2016, etc.) might be just what the fairy godmother ordered for readers who are bored of goody-two-shoes Cinderellas.Read full book review >