Search Results: "Pat Murphy"


BOOK REVIEW

NADYA by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Overextended but intense and gripping, with lots of authentic background detail."
Rousing historical fantasy from the author of the Nebula- winning The Falling Woman (1986), etc. In the 1830s, Dmitri and Marietta Rybak and their daughter Nadya carve out a farmstead in the wilds of Missouri. Read full book review >

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THE WILD ANGEL by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"1999's There and Back Again, along with her absurd chain of pseudonyms—at which news readers wary of the term 'metafiction' will probably run a mile."
Murphy's latest (by Pat Murphy "by Mary Merriwell by Max Merriwell," and just don't ask, okay?) is another wolf-girl saga (Nadya, 1996). Read full book review >

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ADVENTURES IN TIME AND SPACE WITH MAX MERRIWELL by Pat Murphy
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Amusing, sometimes, and well handled but not really puzzling or enlightening: the sort of book where, halfway through all the shenanigans, you'll either care desperately or not at all."
As promised last time out, Murphy ties together both of her latest books (There and Back Again, 1999, and The Wild Angel, 2000) in this quasi-metafiction involving the I Ching, parallel universes, wolves, personal growth, literary games, and whatall. Read full book review >

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THE WILD GIRLS by Pat Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A terrific mix of imagination, insight, character inventiveness and kindness create the kind of read that nourishes young minds and hearts. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Large, generous and creative characters populate this deeply satisfying novel that tells the story of "Newt" and "Fox" and how they learn to take on the challenges of their lives. Read full book review >

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THERE AND BACK AGAIN by Pat Murphy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"Stay tuned for The Wild Angel by Mary Maxwell by Max Merriwell by Pat Murphy (don't say you weren't warned)."
A book written by the pseudonymous Max Merriwell, Murphy (Nadya, 1996, etc.) informs us (Merriwell also has a pseudonym—do you really want an explanation here? Read full book review >

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PIGASUS by Pat Murphy
by Pat Murphy, illustrated by Graham Percy
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"A silly, fun book for children. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The walrus in Through the Looking Glass may not have decided whether pigs have wings, but Murphy—in her first picture book— has. Read full book review >

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BENDING LIGHT by Pat Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"No index or bibliography but a list of three sources for lenses. (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Experiments using simple lenses, many to be done with the small plastic lens provided. Read full book review >

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PIE FOR CHUCK by Pat Schories
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Fine for a read-alone but like dynamite for a read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8) "
A pie cooling on a windowsill and passing miscreants of all stripes make for an inexorable combustion. Read full book review >

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TEN RED APPLES by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 5, 2000

"A welcome addition to the counting-book genre, Hutchins's playful tale is an edifying and energetic romp. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A farmer's bountiful apple tree is besieged by his hungry livestock in this lively countdown from the author of countless clever concept books. Read full book review >

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MY BEST FRIEND by Pat Hutchins
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1993

"A deceptively simple story with real insight, refreshing as a bright spring day. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The narrator—a dark-skinned preschooler—describes the many ways her friend surpasses her: she runs faster, climbs farther, eats spaghetti neatly, can do her own buttons, and even knows how to read. ``I'm glad she's my best friend,'' the child reiterates; still, when the friend sleeps over, at bedtime her host is the one who knows that there's no monster blowing the curtains—only the wind. Read full book review >

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MOUSE AROUND by Pat  Schories
ANIMALS
Released: May 9, 1991

"An unusually strong debut. (Picture book. 2-8)"
There's plenty to discover and discuss in this carefully devised wordless story: A baby mouse, awakened by a dripping pipe, falls into the plumber's pocket to begin an adventurous journey that takes it out the door in the resident paperboy's doughnut and to various places around town before—having made numerous transfers (all unobserved by the humans) from one conveyance to another and survived dangers (including a cat and a garbage truck)—it serendipitously makes its way back, via an oblivious visitor's hat, to drop down the kitchen sink through the still-open-ended pipe, into its basement home. Read full book review >

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MY AUNT CAME BACK by Pat Cummings
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1998

"The aunt wears wild and exotic clothing throughout, and sports wonderfully decorated and adorned braids, but what emerges is her independence and sense of adventure, which she succinctly and affectionately passes on to her niece in very few pages. (Board book. 1-3)"
An unusual board book—and entry in the Harper Growing Tree series—that stars an irresistible aunt and a galloping text. Read full book review >