Search Results: "Michael Griffo"


BOOK REVIEW

MOONGLOW by Michael Griffo
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"The glimpses of monstrous action from the werewolf's point of view don't make up for the trite human interactions. (author's letter to readers, preview of next book) (Paranormal adventure. 14-17)"
A teenage girl is cursed with lycanthropy. Read full book review >

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UNNATURAL by Michael Griffo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2011

"Aimed squarely at the YA niche carved out by Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga and P.C. Cast's House of Night series, this nonsensical wannabe epic falls far short of the mark. (Paranormal. 14 & up)"
A thicket of overplotting and rampant misuse of literary techniques mar debut novelist Griffo's multicultural, GLBTQ paranormal series opener. Read full book review >

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UNWELCOME by Michael Griffo
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Literature for teens could use more vampire stories with gay protagonists; it's a shame this one is such a slog. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
An almost unreadable morass of supernatural creatures, double crosses and internal monologues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HELLO, BICYCLE by Ella Boyd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Give this one a pass in favor of a book that doesn't give kids a false sense of confidence that will be severely scratched (along with some knees) with their first real exposure to a two-wheeler. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A young girl says goodbye to her tricycle and learns to ride a two-wheeler in this rather misleading debut from Boyd. 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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MICHAEL TWITTY
by Gregory McNamee

Recipes, like people, have DNA. It may take some ferreting out, some hard kitchen testing, some documentary research, and some more tasting and adjusting, but eventually that yellowed slip of paper tucked into grandmom’s copy of Joy of Cooking will yield its ancestry, reveal its origins through the patina of the past, and show how tastes and ingredients have changed ...


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BOOK REVIEW

The Truth The Whole Truth Nothing but the Truth by Michael
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2011

"Sprightly throughout, this volume portrays a belief system that is vehement though rarely novel."
A debut book offers a no-nonsense guide to biblical teachings, with a particular emphasis on the truth found in the Bible itself. Read full book review >

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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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BOOK REVIEW

CAT SAYS MEOW by Michael Arndt
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"This is one of those rare picture books with something for everyone to enjoy, beginning with colors, sounds and shapes for the youngest. (Picture book. 2-7)"
No other book of simple sentences about animal sounds also boasts eye-catching, often humorous graphics that show the letters of the sound forming the animal's head or body. Read full book review >

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IT'S AN ORANGE AARDVARK! by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 22, 2014

"Suspenseful and entertaining; all-around great fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Get ready for some hilarity and hijinks as five ants discover what's really outside their stump home in this die-cut offering from Hall. Read full book review >

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THE CARDINAL AND THE CROW by Michael Moniz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Though the theme's upstanding, the book as a whole is little more than just pleasant. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A picture-book parable set in the animal world with the themes of bullying and forgiveness. Read full book review >