Search Results: "Morgan McCarthy"


BOOK REVIEW

THE OTHER HALF OF ME by Morgan McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Darkly lush, filled with an irresistibly sad glamour, this is a memorable debut."
A beautiful, brooding novel of siblings growing up half-wild in a grand Welsh manor house. Read full book review >

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SEABISCUIT THE WONDER HORSE by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 28, 2008

"A winning introduction to the sport of kings for the read-aloud set. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
In the late 1930s, when times were tough and people went to the races to escape, they fell in love with a small, funny-looking, underdog horse gentled and trained so well he beat the elegant War Admiral with an unfamiliar jockey in the saddle. Read full book review >

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THE WILDEST RACE EVER by Meghan McCarthy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Solid research underpins whimsy in McCarthy's latest historical foray. (historical note, photographs, selected bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, McCarthy spotlights the men's marathon at the first Olympic Games hosted by the United States, held at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. Read full book review >

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CITY HAWK by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Although this story appears in the lengthy author's note (along with a 'Learn More About Central Park' featurette and a jam-packed bibliography), its curious absence from the body of the text leaves readers with little to care about. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
The year's second book to shine the spotlight on New York City's most famous red-tailed hawk provides fun images but misses the narrative mark. Read full book review >

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THE INCREDIBLE LIFE OF BALTO by Meghan McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"An intelligent read-aloud for those not quite ready to tackle the existing independent readers. (maps, author's note) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Every dog has his day, but Balto's life is comparable to an early 20th-century movie star's. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2006

"It's a lighthearted but well-researched glimpse into one of our country's quirkier collective moments, and readers will (justly) come away wondering whether it could happen again. (bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 9-11)"
Sandwiched between a look at Depression-era radios and a set of fanciful period advertisements, McCarthy delivers a semi-serious account of the 1938 "War of the Worlds" broadcast, illustrating both passages from the script and briefly told descriptions of widespread panic with smudgy cartoon scenes featuring bug-eyed monsters and equally bug-eyed people. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF PATTY AND THE BIG RED BUS by Meghan McCarthy
ADVENTURE
Released: March 8, 2005

"In the final scene, the sisters' blocky conveyance turns out to be up on cinderblocks—but that makes its travels no less exciting, nor less hilarious the disconnect between the pictures and big sister's slanted version of events. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two siblings travel from a high mountaintop to the sea's deeps, from a circus to deep space, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to little sisters, and to red VW minibuses, everywhere. Read full book review >

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REPTILE by Colin McCarthy
ANIMALS
Released: April 10, 1991

"Index. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A predictable entry in the ``Eyewitness'' series, full of eye-popping color photos, whimsical historical drawings, and brief snatches of text telling about evolution, anatomy (inside and out), life cycle, and the variety of reptiles. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HAWKS by Todd McCarthy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"It portrays in wide-screen format a life until now presented only in sketches. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A pleasingly thorough, if not critically groundbreaking, retrospective of the works and life of Hollywood's most versatile (and, to some cineasts, best) director. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"A fascinating glimpse of research that may in a few years find its way into our everyday lives."
Expanding on an article from Wired, SF novelist McCarthy (The Collapsium, 2000, etc.) asserts that the next breakthrough in materials science might be designer elements with properties programmable to whatever the customer requests. Read full book review >