Search Results: "Nancy J. Cavanaugh"


BOOK REVIEW

THIS JOURNAL BELONGS TO RATCHET by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Triumphant enough to make readers cheer; touching enough to make them cry. (Fiction. 9-13)"
An 11-year-old home-schooled girl who longs to live like everyone else learns that her strange life with her father may be weird, but it's also wonderful. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS, ABIGAIL by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Nonetheless, this kind of dilemma is very pertinent for middle school girls, and Cavanaugh largely handles it with tact and sensitivity, taking her heroine on a psychological journey from superficial to thoughtful. (Fiction. 9-13)"
A sixth-grade girl has to decide between friendship and popularity. Read full book review >

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JUST LIKE ME by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2016

"Tame tale redeemed by a touching ending. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Although she doesn't identify as Chinese, Julia, an 11-year-old girl adopted from China, is sent to sleepaway camp for a week to bond with the two other girls who were adopted from the same orphanage at the same time. Read full book review >

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ELSIE MAE HAS SOMETHING TO SAY by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Swamp magic. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
Eleven-year-old Elsie Mae lives for her summers spent with her grandparents on Honey Island in the Okefenokee Swamp—so when the swamp is threatened by a developer, she decides to do something to save the most beautiful place on Earth. Read full book review >

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SAVE AS DRAFT by Cavanaugh Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A quick, fun debut novel involving commitment avoidance, meet-cutes and falling in love in the electronic age."
Lee, a former actress turned lawyer who in real life found love in a Southern city, patterns her central character, Izabell Chin, and the story line on her own experiences. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"Filled with vivid characters from one of boxing's most glamorous eras, this tale goes 15 rounds and delivers plenty of punch, but always keeps its head."
An intellectual pugilist and a brawling superstar enter the ring for two of the greatest fights of the Jazz Age. Read full book review >

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PERMED TO DEATH by Nancy J. Cohen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Careless writing, romance novel dialogue, and a plot with more tangles than an uncombed perm: a less-than-compelling debut."
Hairstylist and salon owner Marla Shore knows it's going to be one of those days when Bertha Kravitz, the appointment she'd accommodatingly squeezed in first thing in the morning, drinks the coffee she also demands from Marla and drops dead. Read full book review >

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THE FOOL'S PATH by Nancy J. Attwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2005

"Although the fairy-tale machinery creaks, the lively backdrop of medieval manners and mores ensures a gratifying journey."
Romantic legend receives a solid grounding in social realism in this engaging historical melodrama, the first of a planned trilogy set in the imaginary 13th-century kingdom of Lothemia. Read full book review >

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I WAS A FIFTH-GRADE ZEBRA by Nancy J. Hopper
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1993

"Still, it's a fun read that's bound to appeal to its target audience. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Hopper (The Queen of Put-Down, 1991) offers another light, humorous story focusing on the self-consciousness of preadolescence. Read full book review >

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THE INTERRUPTED EDUCATION OF HUEY B by Nancy J. Hopper
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"A disappointing effort. (Fiction. 12+)"
During his last semester, Huey imperils his graduation by nearly destroying his hitherto exemplary school record. Read full book review >

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HAIR RAISER by Nancy J. Cohen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2000

"If you crave a charismatic heroine with a touch of Yiddishkeit, skip this one and pray for Marissa Piesman's return."
Cohen's follow-up to Permed to Death (1999) is about as echt hamishe, and as distinctive, as Levittown; although she uses (or misuses) a Yiddish phrase every ten pages or so, the standard-issue plot and characters could have been shipped to Marla Shore's Fort Lauderdale from any gutsy-girl-who-pokes-her-nose-where-it doesn't-belong-and-gets-herself-into-trouble-and-romance classic. Read full book review >

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DEAD ROOTS by Nancy J. Cohen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 5, 2005

"As Cohen amply demonstrates, the trouble with love-and-loot fantasies is that they're really boring, except to lovers with dollar signs in their eyes."
Ghosts and corpses litter the reunion where hairdresser Marla Shore hopes to introduce fiancé Dalton Vail to her fractious family. Read full book review >