Search Results: "Michaela MacColl"


BOOK REVIEW

THE REVELATION OF LOUISA MAY by Michaela MacColl
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing introduction to young Louisa May Alcott as a spunky heroine. (author's note, further reading) (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Fifteen-year-old Louisa Alcott cares for her family while protecting a fugitive slave, coping with a budding romance and solving a puzzling murder. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS EMILY by Michaela MacColl
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2014

"Equal parts gothic melodrama and Nancy Drew derring-do. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Reimagined as detectives, the Brontë sisters kick-start their writing careers by solving a mystery in this detailed if dubiously grounded novel. Read full book review >

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NOBODY'S SECRET by Michaela MacColl
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 16, 2013

"A disappointment. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
First in a new series that, according to marketing copy, "imagines great literary figures as teenage crime solvers"—aye, there's the rub. Read full book review >

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RORY'S PROMISE by Michaela MacColl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Despite this point, children will find this an exciting, eye-opening read. (Historical fiction. 9-11)"
This first in the Hidden Histories series of middle-grade novels highlights an episode in which New York City's Foundling Hospital sent white youth to unfamiliar Arizona Territory to be adopted by Mexican Catholics, raising the ire of Protestant Anglos and revealing the depths of their prejudice. Read full book review >

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FREEDOM'S PRICE by Michaela MacColl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"It's understandable to want to create spunky historical heroines, but some children in the past weren't free to be headstrong—their survival depended on caution. To write fiction otherwise becomes gross revisionism. (author's note, sources, further reading) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This entry in MacCall and Nichols' Hidden Histories series takes a fictional look at the Dred Scott decision. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"The romance between characters with relatively modern sensibilities makes for a pleasurable portal into an historical event which is practically a Gothic novel even without the addition of fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
Regency romance blends enjoyably with historical fiction, with a plucky heroine for each mode. Read full book review >

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PROMISE THE NIGHT by Michaela MacColl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 2, 2011

"Fluid prose elucidates a life much stranger than fiction. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
MacColl's second novel brings to life the childhood of future aviator and writer Beryl Markham (Prisoners in the Palace, 2010). Read full book review >

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THE LOST ONES by Michaela MacColl
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Misses the cultural mark. (author's note, photos, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1877 the 4th U.S. Cavalry was ordered to annihilate the Indian problem in Texas. Read full book review >

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I AM A UNICORN! by Michaela Schuett
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"A joyful expression of wishes made true. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A frog can make itself into a unicorn—with a can of Magical Unicorn Sprinkles. Read full book review >

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THE STARS DISPOSE by Michaela Roessner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1997

"Somehow, Confessions of a Florentine Foodie collided with The Young Sorcerer's Guide to the Occult, producing a rich but indigestible stew."
Renaissance fantasy set in Florence in the late 1520s, from the author of Vanishing Point (1993). Read full book review >

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Bouncing Forward by Michaela Haas
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An often masterful hybrid of self-help and firsthand history."
Haas (Dakini Power, 2013) offers a combination of science reportage, memoir, and advice on the subject of trauma.Read full book review >