Search Results: "Pamela Porter"


BOOK REVIEW

PLENTY PORTER by Brandon Noonan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"This first novel occasionally has the feel of a writing exercise, but it is also smooth and compelling reading for long stretches, even if the end doesn't adequately match the beginning and middle. (Fiction. YA)"
Plenty Porter is the youngest of 11 children ("eleven is plenty," said her parents) in rural Illinois, in this story told mostly in the first person in the years 1952-53 as Plenty approaches and then turns 13. Read full book review >

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ANOTHER PAMELA by Upton Sinclair
Released: April 24, 1950

"A crazy world seen through untutored eyes."
A slightly buriesquad projection of the Pamela theme to a modern setting- a California ranch estate, presided over by an eccentric multi-millionaire, a lady devoted to good works and radical schemes. Read full book review >

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I'LL BE WATCHING by Pamela Porter
CLASSICS
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Strongly felt, if overstuffed, family drama. (Historical fiction/verse. 12-16)"
Kindness ultimately prevails, but not before hard times and ugly parochialism have their ways with several small-town residents, particularly three orphaned and then abandoned children. Read full book review >

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COLE PORTER by William McBrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"McBrien obviously appreciates and loves his subject, but his book lacks two things needed to convey Porter's essence: wit and rue. (72 illustrations, not seen)"
A comprehensive biography that ultimately seems rather like a 400-page Cole Porter song list. Read full book review >

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YELLOW MOON, APPLE MOON by Pamela Porter
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2008

"Verbal and visual images of nighttime guarantee safe passage to dreamland while the lyrics and music for the featured New Mexican lullaby provide an added soporific. (Picture book. 1-3)"
In this bedtime mantra, a little girl tells the "yellow moon, apple moon" it's time to sleep before acknowledging the familiar things around her. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LUGGAGE PORTER by Andrew Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Stringer's third adventure (The Blackpool Highflyer, 2007, etc.) has the same engaging voice and lively splashes of historical color as his others."
An eager young railroad detective goes undercover. Read full book review >

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MCGILLYCUDDY COULD! by Pamela Duncan Edwards
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2005

"The encounter isn't as suspenseful as Mem Fox's Hattie and the Fox (1987), but younger readers and listeners should get the point that everyone has different talents. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A kangaroo hops into a farmyard, and gets a hostile reception—that is, at first. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF JAYSON PORTER by Jaime Adoff
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"As Jayson comes back to life, readers can't help but wish the turnaround had been more realistic. (Fiction. YA)"
Abuse coupled with the death of a friend drives a teen over the edge and toward a new life. Read full book review >

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MR. PORTER AND THE BROTHERS JONES by Margaret Reinhold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite its few plotting flaws, a curiously satisfying little work."
A short, quirky debut novel, not altogether convincing at times but certainly original. Read full book review >

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IT’S ME, PARSNIP by Sue Porter
ANIMALS
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"And the cause-and-effect complexity of the tale is developmentally just right. (Novelty/picture book. 1-3)"
Who tracked the muddy footprints all through the house from the yard clear to the bathroom? Read full book review >