Search Results: "Natalie Standiford"


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SWITCHED AT BIRTHDAY by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A characteristically insightful tale that affirms the importance of true friendship and self-acceptance. (Fantasy. 9-13)"
A wish, a shared birthday and some "theater magic" transform the lives of two young teens. Read full book review >

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CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS by Natalie Standiford
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Further, the conclusion seems rushed, and there are some loose ends that remain, but readers may not be bothered—there is still plenty in this light read to enjoy. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A wealthy family is desperate to be reinstated in the good graces of its matriarch in this often funny but uneven family drama. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET TREE by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The neat ending gratifies, with many of the issues having been resolved by the resourceful preteens themselves. (Mystery. 9-12)"
Middle-school dynamics, pesky sibling relations, a rumored haunted house, some truly heart-wrenching situations and a mystery all combine to make this coming-of-age novel an engrossing read. Read full book review >

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HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT by Natalie Standiford
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A decidedly purposeful not-love story, this has all the makings of a cult hit with a flavor similar to Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999). (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Surprising everyone at their private school, a sardonic loner befriends the new girl in this unusual story of an intense platonic relationship between two misfits. Read full book review >

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THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"An unlikely love story set in an unusual time and place; there are no happy endings or easy resolutions here. (Romance. 14 & up)"
A young woman studying abroad in Leningrad in the early 1980s falls for a young man she meets there in this uniquely suspenseful romance. Read full book review >

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THE ONLY GIRL IN SCHOOL by Natalie Standiford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An engaging first-person voice and convincing characters make this epistolary novel of friendship and girl power a success. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Claire, the only girl in her small Maryland island school, recounts her fifth-grade year in a series of humorous yet poignant letters to her best friend who moved away. Read full book review >

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ASTRONAUTS ARE SLEEPING by Natalie Standiford
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"While there is plenty to think about in these pages, the tone is calm, making this a delightful space-age lullaby to help ship listeners off to sleep. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This prose poem journey through outer space, with sumptuous pastel illustrations, serves as a smart introduction to the heavenly reaches. Read full book review >

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THE PUTT AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Les Standiford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2000

"Further proof that both comedy and golf are hard and need to be taken seriously."
A relentlessly unfunny comic novel about golf and Armageddon by Abbott and eight other writers, each of whom contribute a chapter (a la 1997's Naked Came the Manatee): Dave Barry, Richard Bausch, James Crumley, James W. Hall, Tami Hoag, Tim O'Brien, Ridley Pearson, and Standiford. Read full book review >

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DEAL TO DIE FOR by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Standiford's Miami and his quirky characters wouldn't be out of place on a shelf with Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen, while his choreographed action scenes recall John D. MacDonald. ($25,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In the third outing for his southern Florida builder John Deal (Done Deal, 1993; Raw Deal, 1994), Standiford blends vivid settings, tension, and cinematic action to illuminate the internal journeys of an intriguing mix of characters. Read full book review >

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HAVANA RUN by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 9, 2003

"Bring back the brio."
The world is too much with John Deal, once the very model of a genre swashbuckler (Bone Key, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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PRESIDENTIAL DEAL by Les Standiford
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 1998

"A very good Deal indeed. (Author tour)"
It's a simple, well-worn formula, but work it well—as Standiford does here—and it's almost foolproof. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"Generally sympathetic to its subject and well-written but to be consulted only after William Kahrl's Water and Power (1982) and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (1986)."
Dutiful story of a man who, not having finished high school, "let alone set foot in an engineering class," designed a metropolitan water system that is still in use today. Read full book review >