Search Results: "Nan Willard Cappo"


BOOK REVIEW

CHEATING LESSONS by Nan Willard Cappo
FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Although Cappo's first novel is a satisfying read with interesting characters and a moral dilemma, its content, which is heavy-handed in classics bowl and debate skills, will appeal only to readers with similar interests. (Fiction. YA)"
Bernadette Terrell, school debater and all-around scholar and cynic, finds herself captain of the Wickham Wizards, who will challenge that snobby private school, Pinehurst, in the state' s National Computing Systems Classics Bowl, a competition that boasts a $10,000 scholarship to each winning team member. Read full book review >

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UNACCOUNTED FOR by Nan Willard Cappo
Released: Oct. 26, 2011

"Milo's unyielding determination to discover the truth and expose corporate fraud will likely make Cappo's page-turner a hit with those sympathetic to the Occupy Wall Street movement."
Another teen dealing with consequences of dishonesty and cover-ups from Cappo (Cheating Lessons, 2011), though the stakes are higher in this murder mystery set in a small, blue-collar Michigan town. Read full book review >

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ANN AND NAN ARE ANAGRAMS by Mark Shulman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Although the complex form is challenging to imitate, this tale will surely spark fun wordplay; successful practitioners will fawn proudly. (Picture book. 6-10)"
It is bad enough that Robert's Mom and Dad Are Palindromes (2006), but when he learns that his sisters are anagrams, it nearly sends him over the edge. Read full book review >

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WHEN WILLARD MET BABE RUTH by Donald Hall
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A heartfelt piece of Americana from two old pros. (Fiction. 7+)"
The national pastime gets a bit of much-needed luster from the poet's touch. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD-NIGHT BLESSING BOOK by Nancy Willard
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Though several startling juxtapositions—one angel reaching into a refrigerator, another leaning over an ironing board—lighten the reverent tone, concretist readers will shrug; those with an appreciation for the abstract may find some meaning here. (Picture book. 5+)"
Willard follows up her Alphabet of Angels (1994) with this litany of random, quirky benedictions: ``Bless cups and pitchers,/pots and spoons,/candles and keys,/the bride and groom./Bless open windows,/doors that sing,/rooms that invite/the forest in.'' Each line captions a large full-color photo of one or two figurines, mostly angels, richly dressed and placed in an appropriate setting (amid hosta leaves for the ``forest,'' for example) with assorted small objects. Read full book review >

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The Sacred Oath Chronicles - Book 2 by Nan Cederman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 10, 2014

"Despite a strong mythology, this sequel falters, spinning its wheels rather than advancing the plot."
A mystical tribe's search for their prophesied homeland continues in Cederman's (The Sacred Oath Chronicles, Book 1: Sway of the Moon, 2012) second novel in her New-Age fantasy series. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2009

"Also real is the fact that Tammy's tenacity is never fully appreciated, even as she softens her principles and becomes slightly more understanding than seemed possible in the beginning. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
It's the summer of 1969, when astronauts land on the moon, and Tamara Ann Simpson is not having a good time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I’LL SING YOU ONE-O by Nan Gregory
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"A unique voice, and fresh, beautifully written story. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Gemma's thoughts flow with lyricism from beginning to end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A charming little gift for an inquisitive cook."
An admiring account of an exotic spice with a long and varied history, by a food writer whose imagination keeps the story light and lively. Read full book review >

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WINGS OF HONOR by Tom Willard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"No dimming of the solid style Willard favors."
Book Three of the Black Sabre Chronicles, Vietnam vet Willard's 19th novel, carries on an engrossing generational saga about blacks in the military. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC CORNFIELD by Nancy Willard
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

"This witty travelogue makes a natural companion to Vera B. Williams's Stringbean's Trip to the Shining Sea (1988). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Willard (The Good-Night Blessing Book, 1996, etc.), in something of a creative risk, combines assemblages of US postage stamps with photographed tableaux of dolls, angels, and ``sculptures and other oddities'' (according to the copyright page) to illustrate this epistolary tale of a wildly errant traveler. Read full book review >

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SENIOR MOMENTS by Willard Spiegelman
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Spiegelman's preference for masters of 'cool clarity, sharpened perception, and a transparent style' is revealed in his own writing, which is lucid and propulsive, opening portals to heightened enjoyment of the time we have."
A wide-ranging collection of essays reflecting the septuagenarian author's rejection of the more hysterical predictions of cultural doom. Read full book review >