Search Results: "Michael Lawrence"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KILLER UNDERPANTS by Michael Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Replete with arch innuendo and pants-down misadventures that would make anyone but the irrepressible Jiggy want to crawl into a hole to die of embarrassment, this snappy episode will fly off library shelves on the, er, coattails of Captain Underpants. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Not even his encounter with a spectral Poltergoose (2002) prepares Jiggy McCue—or readers—for his next challenge: underwear with a mind of its own. Read full book review >

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A CRACK IN THE LINE by Michael Lawrence
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Convoluted but compelling, this moving tale dwells on life, grief, and choices. (Fiction. YA)"
Alaric meets another version of himself in an intriguing story of multiple universes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE POLTERGOOSE by Michael Lawrence
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Fans of garbage and bathroom humor, who don't mind cardboard characters and contrived situations, will be in hog heaven with this series opener—the next installment of which, Killer Underpants, is due soon. (Fiction. 9-11)"
There's a dark edge to this slapstick import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TOILET OF DOOM by Michael Lawrence
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Fans of Mary Rodgers's Freaky Friday (1972) and Summer Switch (1982), as well as readers who find those classics a bit creaky in the joints, won't be able to put this down. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A computer game becomes a little too interactive for Jiggy McCue and buds in this all-out, innuendo-laden farce. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABY CHRISTMAS by Michael Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"However, the attractive illustrations and cover aren't enough to make up for the thin plot, forced humor and inane dialogue. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This British import describes the holiday experiences of Father Christmas, Mother Christmas and their young son, Baby Christmas. Read full book review >

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BABY LOVES HUGS AND KISSES by Michael Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A cheery tale that is bound to please fans of Baby Loves and enchant a new generation of readers. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Lawrence's lovable infant basks in the warmth of familial affection in this exuberant companion title to Baby Loves. Read full book review >

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LAWRENCE MILLMAN
by Gregory McNamee

In the winter of 1941, nine members of an Inuit community in a remote corner of the Hudson Bay died at the hands of three neighbors, one of whom proclaimed himself to be Jesus Christ returning at the end of days. The victims were presumed to be safe harbors for the devil, and one of the killers, a teenage girl ...


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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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BOOK REVIEW

CRUST by Lawrence Shainberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Somewhat limp and intermittently exceedingly arch. But a case can be made for listing the book among the most amusing fiction picks for fall."
There's something to offend everybody and entertain many in this engagingly subversive novel from the resolutely quirky author (Ambivalent Zen, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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STAR SCOUTS by Mike Lawrence
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 21, 2017

"All scouts—and readers—must now raise their right hands and solemnly swear to read this. (Graphic science fiction. 7-12)"
An alien abduction goes a long way toward curing Avani's new-kid blues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SACRED CITY by Damian Lawrence
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2011

"Blending grand-scale storytelling with deeply provocative social and spiritual themes, Lawrence could very well be the next coming of Harry Turtledove."
The second installment of Lawrence's Guardians series—following his debut novel The Guardians of Time (2011)—is equal parts epic science-fiction, time-travel adventure, historical-fiction drama and apocalyptic thriller. Read full book review >