Search Results: "Patty Lovell"


BOOK REVIEW

STAND TALL, MOLLY LOU MELON by Patty Lovell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Even if Molly Lou Melon's tale is a little too good to be true, she leaves readers with the feeling that anything can be accomplished if you are the best person you can be and make the most of your gifts. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Spunky Molly Lou Melon isn't going to let anything get in her way, including the fact that she is short, clutzy, buck-toothed, and has a voice like a frog. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 2003

"Holman takes you into life with madness, and the extrication feels only partial. In a word, intense."
Debut memoir incisively etches the daily dread of living with a schizophrenic parent. Read full book review >

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PRINCESS PATTY MEETS HER MATCH by Charise Mericle Harper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"This proactive princess will captivate readers with her charmingly unconventional tale. (Picture book. 3-5)"
When her Prince Charming fails to materialize, Princess Patty takes matters into her own hands. Read full book review >

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PATTY JANE'S HOUSE OF CURL by Lorna Landvik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Though the elaborately crafted wackiness and cloying coziness of the beauty-parlor scene will annoy some, readers hungry for an easy-to-swallow tale of female—not feminist—solidarity may find this a satisfying, sugary treat."
Former standup comic Landvik debuts with a homespun beauty- parlor melodrama, Minneapolis-set. Read full book review >

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THE ADVENTURES OF PATTY AND THE BIG RED BUS by Meghan McCarthy
ADVENTURE
Released: March 8, 2005

"In the final scene, the sisters' blocky conveyance turns out to be up on cinderblocks—but that makes its travels no less exciting, nor less hilarious the disconnect between the pictures and big sister's slanted version of events. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Two siblings travel from a high mountaintop to the sea's deeps, from a circus to deep space, in this tongue-in-cheek tribute to little sisters, and to red VW minibuses, everywhere. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING HAMWEENIE ESCAPES! by Patty Bowman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 26, 2015

"His owner's gift of a top hat and cape that exactly match the ones he's lost along the way gives the narrative a circular feel that seems quite fitting for this repetitive outing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Hamweenie the marmalade cat makes good on his desire to escape the confines of his everyday life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRE IN THE CANES by Glenville Lovell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1995

"A promising debut, entertaining if somewhat self-conscious in craft."
A spirited tale of the post-slavery West Indies from first- novelist Lovell, a playwright-dancer and Barbadian native now living in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TMI by Patty Blount
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Relentlessly melodramatic. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A conflict over a mysterious boy met on the Internet leads two best friends into a fight, both online and offline. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMETHIN' EXTRA by Patty Rice
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"Occasional clichÇs and repetitions detract from what could have been a wholly successful debut."
A first novel with all arrows pointing to predictability offers, instead, a few surprisingly fresh looks at the consequences of an adulterous affair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OPIUM WAR by Julia Lovell
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 2014

"An astute, bracing history lesson on a conflict that set off the British notion of 'yellow peril' and Chinese victimhood."
The story of "the extraordinary war that has been haunting Sino-Western relations for almost two centuries." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SECONDHAND SMOKE by Patty Friedmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"All's well that ends well, maybe, but the route this tale takes to get there has some distinctly unpleasant turns."
With a bold beginning and a wet fizzle at the end, Friedmann's frustrating fourth (after Odds, 2000, etc.) is a tragiccomic jumble of frayed family nerves as a 70-year-old woman deals with the death of her husband and the loss of her house, while her kids try to decide how much they want to help. Read full book review >