Search Results: "Peggy Riley"


BOOK REVIEW

PEGGY by Anna Walker
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 4, 2014

"Here's hoping that Peggy has many more big adventures. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A charmer of a chicken has a big adventure in this import from Australia. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMITY & SORROW by Peggy Riley
Released: April 16, 2013

"Simple in style but complex in tone, this book raises troubling questions about the power of doomladen cults, and their leaders and followers."
The eponymous title refers to the daughters of Amaranth, the first wife (out of 50) of Zachariah, Messianic leader of a Doomsday cult. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2004

"An interesting ploy, and if the inner workings are a bit too obvious, still a good read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
In 1901, Mable, 14, and her older sister, Viola, board with a dairy-farm family in Ontario. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Several horrifying ends can be imagined along the way, but the one that actually occurs is no less grim for being unpredictable. (Fiction. YA)"
This probing exploration of whether a ninth-grader can already be "irreparably damaged" is upsetting and scary. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MISS PEGGY LEE by Peggy Lee
Released: March 1, 1989

Seductive and gripping life of the jazz-influenced band vocalist-recording-star-cafÇ singer-composer-actress—and a necessary corrective to Miss Lee's rather strange, mannikin-like appearance on recent TV outings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM by Francine Prose
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An adroit and lively portrait."
The latest in the Jewish Lives series focuses on a flamboyant champion of modern art. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Ultimately, readers come away with not only a sense of how King Peggy was able to transform Otuam, but also an understanding of how the town and its inhabitants transformed her."
Bartels was working as a secretary in the Ghanaian Embassy when she received a phone call that would change her life. The king of Otuam, a small coastal town of 7,000 people, had passed away, and the tribal elders had elected her as his replacement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH OF RILEY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"Molly is a bit too clever and reckless to be totally convincing, but Bowen's highly detailed picture of New York at the turn of the century is a delight."
A second sabbatical from her Welsh policeman hero Evan Evans (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) takes Bowen back to the summer of 1901 for a second chapter in the life of Molly Murphy (Murphy's Law, 2001). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSE AND RILEY by Jane Cutler
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 14, 2005

"Yezerski's soft pastels have just enough charm, energy and cuteness to match the gentle stories. (Easy reader. 5-8)"
A three-chapter easy reader with the now predictable two anthropomorphized animal friends. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY by Elizabeth J. van Allen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The life of a literary local hero—of mostly local interest. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unvarnished, dutiful, rather dull life of the 19th-century "Hoosier Poet," author of "Little Orphant Annie" and "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"By turns wry, witty, sometimes wise, but resolutely outspoken, this volume brings father and daughter face to face as people, not icons in a Freudian myth."
Masquerading as a report on home schooling, a tale of father- daughter conflict played out over eighth-grade English and math. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SUMMER OF RILEY by Eve Bunting
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 31, 2001

"At best, a lesson that there are at least two sides to every issue. (Fiction. 8-12)"