Search Results: "Moolman Valerie"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 28, 1991

"An impassioned book, a sad and infuriating depiction of America's greatest national disgrace, and a persuasive delineation of humane and sensible solutions."
As medical director of N.Y.C.'s Foundling Hospital and creator of the crisis nursery there, Fontana (Somewhere a Child is Crying, 1973) has seen it all. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORDANT'S WISH by Valerie Coursen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Those old enough to know the meaning of Mordant's name may wonder if his wish for a friend is, after all, mere sarcasm. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mordant the Mole wishes for a friend and gets one in this greeting-card-pretty picture book. Read full book review >

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SCARECROW! by Valerie Littlewood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not as well crafted and informative as Giblin's The Scarecrow Book (1980, o.p.), but a useful visual resource. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A survey of devices (including real people) that have been used to scare away birds (and some other pests): The book's a little repetitious and miscellaneous and not very well organized, but does include a substantial array of interesting facts about ``homemade figures...used around the world to protect precious crops for over three thousand years.'' Best are the detailed crosshatched drawings and more formal paintings depicting a great variety of these appealing or scary figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TUMBLEWEED SKIES by Valerie Sherrard
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2010

"Quiet moments like that abound and effectively convey a remarkable level of feeling, making this a worthy and moving purchase. (Historical fiction. 9-13)"
During an economic downturn in 1954, ten-year-old Ellie's father is forced to leave her for the summer with her maternal grandmother and Uncle Roger, people she's never known. Read full book review >

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SONNY’S WAR by Valerie Hobbs
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 27, 2002

"Hobbs just gets better and better. (Fiction. YA)"
In what is now almost historical fiction, Hobbs (Tender, 2001, etc.) poignantly evokes the turbulent sentiments of 1967-68, a time when the nation was not only at war against Vietnam, but also against itself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING OF THE WOOD by Valerie Anand
Released: June 15, 1989

A lively tale of courtly intrigue set at the close of the 11th century, by the author of The Disputed Crown (1982) and To a Native Shore (1983). Read full book review >

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Released: May 3, 2002

"A loving tribute to a woman who taught her daughters to value beauty and joy."
A luminously written debut describes a mother-daughter relationship filled with affection and refreshingly free of the usual resentments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEX AND THE SINGLE GIRL by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2006

"Disappointing."
Single girl with supernatural powers tries to bewitch Mr. Right. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 20, 1994

"Like the others in the series, a Christopher Hibbert-style dynasty drama with reliable historical special effects."
Lovers, marriages, and high hopes are blasted by thunderous historic events in this fourth novel of the ``Bridges Over Time'' series (after Women of Ashdon, 1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BRAIN FEVER by Valerie Sayers
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A compelling read from a writer for whom life is not an abstract notion but a quirkily real, always exactly rendered place where ordinary people can be touched by unexpected grace as they struggle to survive."
Sayers (The Distance Between Us, 1994, etc.) returns to limn the touchingly selfless descent into madness of a man beset by both demons and angels—in a perfectly pitched novel that moves from the author's fictional South Carolina town to New York. Read full book review >

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THE ACCIDENTAL VIRGIN by Valerie Frankel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2003

"Amusing farce, with pearls of urban wisdom and some great zingers, by the author of, among others, Sweet vs. Pretty (not reviewed)."
Hymeneal high-jinks via a former Mademoiselle editor and self-help co-author. Read full book review >