Search Results: "Pat Lowery Collins"


BOOK REVIEW

SCHOONER by Pat Lowery Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2002

"Perhaps you just have to be there, but maybe one day someone will tell the story. (Fiction. 8-12)"
None of the romance, hard work, lacquer, and love that could be laid out on the keel of the wooden boat being made by hand here is evidenced, and that's a shame. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Fatherly Vivaldi, a ruddy, spirited and sympathetic composer approaching greatness, binds the girls and the story together. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Three girls train under Vivaldi at an esteemed orphanage for the musically gifted, each seeking love outside its strict classes and conventions. Read full book review >

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THE FATTENING HUT by Pat Lowery Collins
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2003

"The overall effect of Collins's complex work is ungainly, and it will be the unusual reader who's drawn to the title and the cover of this only partly successful effort. (Fiction. YA)"
Collins's novel in free verse doesn't quite hang together. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF WINTER by Pat Lowery Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Still, history lovers will enjoy her adventures. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Addie has a lot to deal with after her father leaves for the 1849 gold rush and then her mother and younger brother die of fever. Read full book review >

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SIGNS AND WONDERS by Pat Lowery Collins
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Riveting. (Fiction. 12-14)"
As 14-year-old Taswell, a virgin, relates in this epistolary novel the progress of her pregnancy, she draws readers into her supreme self-confidence, toward her unshakable conviction that she is about to bring forth a prophet. Read full book review >

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JUST IMAGINE by Pat Lowery Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"Well-rounded characters, a myriad of details grounding the story in time, and the emotional angst add up to entertaining historical fiction, with a contemporary feel. (Fiction. 10-12)"
During the Great Depression, Mary Francis's family is split up when her mother wants to hang onto her dreams of showbiz success for little brother Leland, and her father is afraid not to take a job across the country. Read full book review >

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THE DEER WATCH by Pat Lowery Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"While each individual part may not be spectacular, the sum has a quiet majesty and beauty that begs to be shared one on one. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A slow start to the story and the odd line breaks won't keep readers from being mesmerized. Read full book review >

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I AM AN ARTIST by Pat Lowery Collins
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"The reiterated title grates, a bit; otherwise, a gentle, attractive nudge to the creative instinct. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 5-8)"
``I am an artist when I follow a line where it leads me,'' begins this exploration of the many kinds of response to the world that may lead to an aesthetic experience, if not to creating a work of art: noticing patterns, putting names to colors, touching a rough surface, observing natural phenomena, and more. Read full book review >

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DON'T TEASE THE GUPPIES by Pat Lowery Collins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1994

"A likable story, sure to find a variety of uses. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``I'll read the signs,'' Jon assures his little brother as the two enter the aquarium, but Tim isn't deterred: he likes to ``read'' them first. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF GLORY by Isabel Joshlin Glaser
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Some of the verse is lightweight, but overall this is a very good collection. (Poetry. 8-12)"
In her first collection, Glaser (who contributes three excellent poems) crafts a strong selection of 30 poems about what girls are and can be. Read full book review >

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WILKIE COLLINS by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A compact, pithy, and generous biography of a novelist who found great success despite writing in the age of Dickens, Eliot, and Trollope."
The latest installment in the author's Brief Lives series is dedicated to the popular British novelist Wilkie Collins (1824-1889). Read full book review >

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MICHAEL COLLINS by James Mackay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Despite minor shortcomings, this is the best life of Collins now available, published just in time to coincide with Neil Jordan's film Michael Collins, with Liam Neeson in the lead role."
A stirring, comprehensive life of the great Irish patriot. ``If you think you understand what's going on, you're just confused,'' says a graffito current in Belfast. Read full book review >