Search Results: "Patricia Crampton"


BOOK REVIEW

FALL-OUT by Gudrun Pausewang
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 1995

"Karen Hesse's Phoenix Rising (1994) explores similar moral issues more convincingly. (Fiction. 12-15)"
First published in Germany following the Chernobyl disaster, this tale of a teenager robbed of her childhood by a nuclear accident comes down hard on the human tendency to deny reality. Read full book review >

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THE FINAL JOURNEY by Gudrun Pausewang
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The brutal message of Pausewang's novel lingers long after the last agonizing pages are closed. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The horrors of the Holocaust in a haunting novel by Pausewang (Fall-Out, 1995, etc.) that opens as a young Jewish girl who has grown up in Nazi Germany boards a train with her grandfather bound for Auschwitz: It's the beginning of a journey to hell. Read full book review >

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PATRICIA VON PLEASANTSQUIRREL by James Proimos
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2009

"Illustrated with simple cartoons in yellow, purple and gray, this tongue-in-cheek mini-epic will have parents and younger fans of Proimos' offbeat Johnny Mutton tales snickering. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Inspired by a certain children's classic about a "silly boy with no social graces" who becomes king of the Wild Things, snotty young Patricia decides to leave home in search of the princessdom she is sure that she deserves. Read full book review >

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THE SWAN’S CHILD by Sjoerd Kuyper
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 15, 2006

"Meant to comfort and present readers with the image of the circle of life, this confusing tale is simply maudlin. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jonathan Livingston Seagull meets greeting-card platitudes in this import. Read full book review >

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THE RED BIRD by Astrid Lindgren
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2005

"In the end, knowing that their act cannot be undone, Matthew and Anna close the door on that ugly world forever—a choice that will seem reasonable to younger readers, and will also resonate with fans of Oscar Wilde's sentimental, symbolic fairy tales. (Fiction. 8-10)"
In this first English language edition of Lindgren's 1959 tale, two orphaned children escape their sad world of forced labor and grinding poverty by following a red bird to a hidden doorway, beyond which lies Sunnymead, a warm, bright land where children play and a Mother provides lavish amounts of food and love. Read full book review >

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THE SELECTED STORIES OF PATRICIA HIGHSMITH by Patricia Highsmith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

This massive tome reprints five of the seven complete collections of short stories by Highsmith (1921-95), together with a brief introduction by Graham Greene excerpted from a sixth. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GRILLING SEASON by Diane Mott Davidson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"But the plot is labyrinthine and beyond belief Amiable, readable, forgettable."
Goldy Schulz, the catering queen of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is once again embroiled in murder (The Main Corpse, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE YEAR OF NEEDY GIRLS by Patricia Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Bites off more than it can possibly chew, then—poof—makes it all go away in the last 20 pages."
When a 10-year-old boy is murdered and a high school teacher is accused of molesting a student, a small Massachusetts town is rocked to its ignorant core. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RINGER by Jenny Shank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"Shank's first at-bat as a novelist is a hit."
Salvador Santillano dies on the shabby bedroom floor of a suspected drug lair, shot by Ed O'Fallon, a police officer: a by-the-book SWAT raid—at the wrong address. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2002

"Extraordinary people with extraordinary experiences—all expressed in leaden prose that drags to earth a story that should soar."
In language most hackneyed, a mother relates her daughter's struggle to survive pediatric HIV/AIDS and her emergence as a spokesperson for AIDS awareness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EDUCATION OF WILL by Patricia McConnell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"An uplifting story of hope about how both dogs and humans need 'a sense that they are not helpless victims.'"
How training an incorrigible puppy helped an internationally renowned animal behaviorist recover from "multiple traumas." Read full book review >

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TRYIN' TO SLEEP IN THE BED YOU MADE by Virginia DeBerry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 1997

"Not as literary as Gloria Naylor, this sisterhood-is-powerful first novel seems a natural for Oprah's Book Club. (Author tour)"
A sprawling, melodramatic debut ``by and about best friends'' that has enough plot twists and surprises for a season of soap operas. Read full book review >