Search Results: "Michael Ford"


BOOK REVIEW

FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2008

"A useful introduction to ancient history for its target audience. (Historical fiction. YA)"
This first in a series explores ancient Sparta and the tensions between the ruling Spartans and their slaves, the Helots. Read full book review >

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THE POISONED HOUSE by Michael Ford
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"In all, scary, compelling and atmospheric enough for a satisfying chill. (Ghost story. 12 & up)"
A scullery maid, a great house, whispered evil and a ghost populate this first-person tale of mid-19th-century London. Read full book review >

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BIRTH OF A WARRIOR by Michael Ford
ADVENTURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"A good series for teaching some authentic history as well as for exciting young readers. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
This first sequel in Ford's series set in ancient Sparta rockets into the beginnings of the Greco-Persian wars with its hero, young Lysander, a half-Helot, half-Spartan boy rescued from slavery, now training to become a warrior. Read full book review >

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JANE GOES BATTY by Michael Thomas Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Less Pride and Prejudice than True Blood—not that there's anything wrong with that—and a witty demonstration of how beautifully the dilemmas of being Jane Austen and a vampire can comport with the tropes of chick lit. You'll thirst for the conclusion of the trilogy."
A rollicking second installment in the adventures of Jane Austen, vampire. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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PARADE'S END by Ford Madox Ford
Released: June 15, 1950

"A big publishing venture which should stimulate a revival of interest, this will prove of value in college literature courses as well as for a long run general sale."
With the publication of Trained For Genius by Douglas Goldring (Dutton-P. 220, 1949), a biography of Ford Madox Ford, and the literary and critical interest it aroused, Alfred A. Knopf, long interested in the project of re-publishing Ford's novels, and after much correspondence with critics and authors, decided to publish this Tietjens series in one volume. Read full book review >

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MY BIRDIE by Jessie Ford
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2012

"While the puzzle gimmick fails to soar, the book succeeds without it. (Board book. 18 mos.-3)"
A golden bird hides a sweet surprise beneath her wing. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Obliquely told and unevenly illustrated, this Slinky story's just OK. (bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Ford portrays the back story of the Slinky, the coiled steel toy that debuted in 1945 and still sells today. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Quibbles aside, pastry chefs in the making will be fascinated by this accessible tribute to a true American icon and will be tempted to try the appended cookie recipe. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
A chocolate candy bar cannonballing into a possessed mixer. Baking chocolate suddenly going AWOL. These are just a couple of the persistent myths orbiting the origins of America's quintessential dessert: the chocolate chip cookie. Read full book review >

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SUICIDE NOTES by Michael Thomas Ford
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Unlike James Lecesne's Absolute Brightness (2008), this sometimes melodramatic story is redeemed by creative back stories and touching relationships. (Fiction. YA)"
Awakening in a psychiatric ward with gauze on his stitched-up wrists, 15-year-old Jeff tries to convince both his doctors and his parents that the cuts were just a bored teenage mistake. Read full book review >

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THE LAST KING by Michael Curtis Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2004

"Solid fun: a good, old-fashioned adventure tale with plenty of action and no narrative frills."
Continuing his fictional stroll through classical history, Ford (Gods and Legions, 2002, etc.) provides a swashbuckling account of the exploits of Mithradates the Great, King of Pontus and scourge of ancient Rome. Read full book review >