Search Results: "Mick Cochrane"


BOOK REVIEW

SPORT by Mick Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2001

"Appealing in its evocations of a Midwest from two or three decades ago, but at its foundation it remains more like a YA than anything else."
Cochrane's second (after Flesh Wounds, 1997), a tale of growing up trash-poor in the Midwest, is often rich in detail, but in its psychology it remains content with too little. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO THREW BUTTERFLIES by Mick Cochrane
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Lovely and memorable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
With tender poignancy, Cochrane gets right to the heart of young Molly's painful journey. Read full book review >

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FITZ by Mick Cochrane
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"Ends not with a bang, but a whimper. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A high school sophomore kidnaps his estranged father at gunpoint. Read full book review >

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FLESH WOUNDS by Mick Cochrane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Cochrane achieves cool control with carefully constructed scenes that yield small, psychologically resonant moments, lending weight and unpredictability to material that's potentially hackneyed."
In Cochrane's closely observed and confident first novel, three generations of a Minneapolis family struggle to regain equilibrium after the clan's patriarch is arrested for sexually abusing his granddaughter. Read full book review >

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KIPPER'S BIRTHDAY by Mick Inkpen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Inkpen's clean, affectionately comical style. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Last seen in an imaginative counting book (Kipper's Toybox, 1992), the appealingly flop-eared little dog is back with a satisfying variation on the old birthday-party-confusion theme. Read full book review >

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RIDING ON DUKE'S TRAIN by Mick Carlon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"In schools where students are lucky enough to experience classroom jazz studies, this title, combining rich musical history and a 'you are there' approach, is a natural. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Utilizing his encompassing knowledge of Ellington's music, personnel and decades-long touring, Carlon (a veteran middle-school teacher) presents a kid's-eye view whose drama centers on the band's 1939 European tour. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An insightful, colorful account of real achievement in Indian education today—and solid evidence of the benefits of multiculturalism at its best."
Enthusiastic and charmingly frank, Fedullo details his memorable experiences in a decade of teaching creative writing to Native American schoolchildren on reservations throughout the West. Read full book review >

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DARKLOST by Mick Farren
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2000

"Despite rich plotting and colorfully embossed characterizations, much remains unresolved at novel's end; clearly a third volume is forthcoming."
A sequel to Farren's debut vampire novel, The Time of Feasting (1996), about suave, thousand-year-old Victor Renquist (Master of the Nosferatu in Manhattan) and his problems with the police when his followers get out of hand. Read full book review >

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THE TIME OF FEASTING by Mick Farren
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"The historical background offers considerable originality, while the storytelling speeds along with theatrical trumpery through predictable plot points."
First vampire novel by sf writer Farren (Elvis and the Colonel, 1989, not reviewed) swaggers swankily and advances the genre by creating a new version of vampires' ancestry: Their creators came in UFOs, altered human DNA to fashion the new creatures, and, in their spare time, provided the inspiration for humankind's religions. Read full book review >

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TYING THE FRINGE KNOTS by Mick Lentz
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A wide-ranging collection of verse from a sure-handed, cleareyed poet."
Tackling science and religion, government and family, Lentz ably covers the waterfront in this perceptive volume of collected verse. Read full book review >

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FIVE BOYS by Mick Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2002

"Garrison Keillor mixed with Sherwood Anderson, Our Town, and Under Milkwood: a blending destined to move and please all but the meanest of souls. Wonderful."
Jackson (The Underground Man, 1997) offers a nostalgic, tone-perfect evocation of life in an English village during WWII. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"By no means a social or cultural history of the period, LaSalle nevertheless offers an engaging and often-affectionate account of the strong women who dominated the films of this pre-Code Hollywood."
An overdue tribute to the myriad of strong and independent women film stars of pre-Code Hollywood (1929-34). Read full book review >