Search Results: "Nancy Springer"


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NANCY by Adrian Fort
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Not the usual gossipy tale of the rich and famous, but rather a wonderful history of tumultuous times."
Fort (Archibald Wavell, 2009, etc.) presents a life of Nancy Astor (1879-1964), a Southern belle and the first woman elected to the House of Commons of the British Parliament. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF THE BIZARRE BOUQUETS by Nancy Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"With precise characterization, fast pacing and keen observation, readers will be eager to learn what Enola will encounter next. (Historical fiction. 11-15)"
In this third Enola Holmes mystery, the younger, teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes is determined to find the missing Dr. Watson on her own by deciphering the clues in the bizarre bouquets sent to his wife. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Even though not all of the storylines are fully realized, readers of the earlier titles will be satisfied. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Rowan, daughter of the woodwife Celandine and Robin Hood, vows to avenge her mother's death by slaying the four knights who burned her cottage and her within it. Read full book review >

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DARK LIE by Nancy Springer
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A compulsive page turner that will have readers cheering on the decidedly unglamorous heroine, this thriller gets points for making the suburban mom-type the one who saves the day."
A woman's deepest secret threatens her life—and that of the daughter she barely knows. Read full book review >

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SOMEBODY by Nancy Springer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2009

"Like the classic The Face on the Milk Carton, this gripping short novel snags reluctant readers early on and keeps them emotionally invested until the final pages. (Thriller. 12-16)"
After years of strange moves and new names, 13-year-old Sherica finally Googles her real name, a name she hasn't heard since she was little, and learns she wasn't abandoned by her mom: Her dad abducted her, and they've been on the run ever since. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"More please. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Although their own eccentricities are legendary, Mycroft and Sherlock Holmes fully expect their very much younger sister to take on the attributes of the stereotypical Victorian female. Read full book review >

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LIONCLAW by Nancy Springer
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Lionel may save the day, but he alone cannot save this Lionclaw. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Springer revisits Sherwood Forest with her second chronicle of Rowan Hood (2001), although this time, Rowan and her father, Robin, are minor characters. Read full book review >

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THE BOY ON A BLACK HORSE by Nancy Springer
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Everything a young, horse-crazy romantic could wish: a book 12- and 13-year-olds will pass around until it's in tatters. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A mysterious Gypsy boy, Chav, who rides a black horse and exudes angst is befriended by Gray, who's still wracked by the loss of her entire family. Read full book review >

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WILD BOY by Nancy Springer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Young readers, whether or not they've devoured the first three will enjoy this one. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
This series by Springer is for a younger audience than her Arthurian one, and is written with perhaps less grace and wit. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A pleasant trifle. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The legendary archer inspires a worthy daughter in a lightweight fantasy. Read full book review >

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PLUMAGE by Nancy Springer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"This prolific author (Fair Peril, 1996, etc. etc.) has a remarkably vivid style, but it's not enough to sustain a plot this thin. And passages written from the point of view of the lost parakeet are plain silly: 'At this singproud pairdance time, Kleet felt his loneliness most keenly.'"
A feminist tale about a middle-aged housewife who's abandoned by her philandering husband. Read full book review >

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SECRET STAR by Nancy Springer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 19, 1997

"That twist and the melodrama in Tess's past overwhelm Springer's strength: her utterly convincing depictions of rural poverty and of struggling characters who retain their decency despite their harsh lives. (Fiction. 12+)"
From Springer (Looking for Jamie Bridger, 1995, etc.), a novel about Tess Rojahin Mathis, 14, who lives in an Appalachian shack with her disabled stepfather and has no memory of the first ten years of her life. Read full book review >