Search Results: "Natalie Jane Prior"


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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2003

"Though the illustrations are a disappointing scatter of small photos, filler, and artists' sketches, this is bound to be a popular choice for fans of the icky as well as budding forensic scientists. (index, glossary, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Not so much a research tool as a compelling browsing item, this crowd-pleasing Aussie import features articles, arranged in several alphabetically arranged topics, on famous mummies ancient and modern. Read full book review >

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LILY QUENCH AND THE LIGHTHOUSE OF SKELLIG MOR by Natalie Jane Prior
ADVENTURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Though this volume stands alone well enough, readers will want to go back to the first three works in the series to tie up loose ends. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lily Quench, the last of the dragon-slaying Quench family, continues her quest in the fourth offering in the series. Read full book review >

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SUN by Natalie Jane Prior
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The board-book audience is unlikely to respond to the delicacy of either illustrations or text—a sad mismatch of form and content. (Ages 3-5)"
Lovely, subtle watercolors and a lyrical text are squashed into a board format that shortchanges both book and readers. Read full book review >

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NATALIE WOOD by Gavin Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Full of informed and intelligent observations regarding both Wood's mindset and the politics of Hollywood, but ultimately a wearying, depressing portrait. (65 photos)"
An easily familiar biography of the actress, from a personal friend who fails to connect some of the critical pieces in her puzzle. Read full book review >

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REALITY NATALIE by Katie Sparks
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"An often bright and fun middle-grade novel."
In this debut novel, an 11-year-old girl hopes to win a spot as guest host on a kids' talk show, but she faces obstacles from her parents and best friend. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Flashes of originality, wit and vivid imagery bring the story to life intermittently, but the distracting improbabilities pull readers out of the story again and again. (author's note) (Fiction. 15 & up)"
Retelling a classic as contemporary fiction is a tricky business, as demonstrated in this uneven rendering of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre as chick lit. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"A respectful, exciting and disarming update of one of the last century's most oft-told tales."
The old "Me Tarzan, You Jane" dynamic established in Johnny Weismuller movies gets a radical update by shining the spotlight on adventuress Jane Porter. Read full book review >

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NATALIE AND NAUGHTILY by Vincent K. Kirsch
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A witty and fanciful exploration of a timeless childhood fantasy. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Twin girls as disparate in disposition as their names live atop their family's grandiose department store. Read full book review >

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Natalie and the Night Sky by Carolyn Dibb
Released: April 22, 2015

"Ideal for only children and their perfectly sized families."
A heartwarming, insightful debut children's book about an only child who wonders what it would be like to have a bigger family. Read full book review >

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NATALIE ON THE STREET by Ann Nietzke
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"While literary style and sympathetic perspective make this book easy to read, it is the straightforward approach to Natalie herself that makes it well worth reading."
Novelist Nietzke (Windowlight, not reviewed) effectively brings the serious problem of homelessness to a comprehensible level in her sensitive account of a few months in the life of one woman who made her home on a Los Angeles sidewalk. Read full book review >

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CHAINSAW JANE by Marie-Jo Fortis
Released: March 4, 2013

"A thrilling mystery with an unlikely yet endearing heroine."
A gruesome murder is no match for a vodka-swilling Russian medium in Fortis' debut mystery novel. Read full book review >

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JANE FONDA by Patricia Bosworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Reading to savor."
Distinguished celebrity biographer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Bosworth (Marlon Brando, 2001, etc.) recounts the life story of an American icon in all its heady—and at times, unabashedly scandalous—glory. Read full book review >