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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LA CUCINA by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2000

"Less a banquet of the senses than a junk-food gorge."
Debut fiction (subtitled "a novel of rapture") about a lonely, middle-aged librarian who experiences a sexual reawakening intimately linked to her sensual kitchen skills. Read full book review >

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RETRO RETRO by Amy Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Regardless, most of their stories burn at the same heat: tepid."
Using a McLuhanesque idea—the notion that, when faced with the totally new, we seek refuge in the past—editor Prior gathers an anthology of short fiction, heavy on contemporary British writers with a handful of somewhat better-known Americans, that looks back to earlier decades with something like nostalgia. Read full book review >

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ARDOR by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 13, 2004

Another precious little fable, this about lust, from the author of Nectar (2002) and La Cucina (2000). Read full book review >

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CABARET by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Schmaltz Romano."
More corny Italian fare from Prior pursues the mystifying disappearance of a Roman embalmer's husband. Read full book review >

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Carnifex by D.P. Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Immersive worldbuilding adds texture to this dark, intriguing tale about a fighter."
In this fantasy novel, a dwarf grapples with deception and a stark destiny that could save, or ruin, his people. Read full book review >

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NECTAR by Lily Prior
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2002

"With violins playing and Chianti flowing, a goofy commedia dell'arte."
After the gloppy novel-cum-cookbook La Cucina (2000), British author Prior continues to mine hackneyed peasant lore in a fairy tale about an unlovely albino servant girl with a peculiar, alluring odor—but also with vanity that eventually dooms her. Read full book review >

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LANDING ON MY FEET by Adelaide Godwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2014

"A lightweight tale of odds overcome; too bad the unusually talkative supporting cast shoulders most of the load and shines more brightly than the supposed protagonist. (Animal fantasy. 10-12)"
Turning an apparently real incident into spun sugar, Godwin sends a Spanish feral cat, trapped and transported far from home, on a feline odyssey. Read full book review >

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MONSTER, BE GOOD! by Natalie Marshall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 14, 2013

"'If a monster is tired and grumpy, send it to bed and say, ‘GO TO SLEEP!' ' Like that would work. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A blatantly psychotherapeutic variation on Where the Wild Things Are and like empowerment fare.Read full book review >