Search Results: "Phyllis Reynolds Naylor"


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MAUDIE IN THE MIDDLE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1988

"Although not outstanding, the attention to period detail and Maudie's fierce strength of character give the story some merit."
A slight but vivid account of life in rural Iowa in the early 1900's, written by a prolific author and her mother. Read full book review >

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A SHILOH CHRISTMAS by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Perfect for longtime fans of the series and newcomers alike, this Christmas story can be enjoyed year-round. (Fiction. 8-12) "
A new school year brings new friends, new blessings, and new tragedies for the beagle Shiloh and his family. Read full book review >

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INCREDIBLY ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 10, 2011

"The author leaves Alice and friends posing for graduation pictures and looking forward to pre-college summer jobs aboard a cruise ship that will frame the next few volumes in this richly entertaining, reliable and informative guide to growing up. (Fiction. 13-15)"
The newest entry in a series that sits proudly in second place on the ALA's list of Most Banned/Challenged titles of the 21st century (behind Harry) takes its insecure but sensible 17-year-old narrator through her final semester of high school. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Another winner from this versatile veteran, replete with ingenious twists and capped by a wild Halloween night climax. (Fiction. 10-12)"
The game's afoot once again around the Bessledorf Hotel, whose quirky residents are joined by a secretive stranger, while anonymous warnings of poisonous bats, along with new church bells that play the same melody every 15 minutes, send all Middleburg into a tizzy. Read full book review >

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THE GROOMING OF ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2000

"Sailing through her 12th 'Alice' with nary a sign of series fatigue, Naylor, as usual, masterfully imparts physical, social, and emotional information while bringing readers to tears and laughter. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Alice continues to model safe, commonsensical ways of navigating the foggy shoals of adolescence, as the summer before high school brings crises, comedy, beginnings, endings, and new life skills. Read full book review >

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BEING DANNY'S DOG by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"473, etc.) gives middle graders a useful, pleasant read. (Fiction. 8-12)"
After a move from familiar Chicago to a rural development, T.R. starts to worry about his older brother, Danny. Read full book review >

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ICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"The most believable people in this book are the ordinary souls—Gram with her homely ways, new friend Thad, with his boy-next-door wholesomeness, and Chrissa, whom readers will come to admire as she takes control of her life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When she was ten, Chrissa's father disappeared. Read full book review >

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ALL BUT ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1992

"Fans can rejoice: Naylor plans to take Alice 'to her eighteenth year. (Fiction. 9-13)"
Naylor is a versatile, prolific author whose achievements have just been crowned with a Newbery; her books about Alice (this is the fourth) are many readers' favorites, with good reason: laugh-aloud funny, they also explore real concerns with unusual frankness and compassion. Read full book review >

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ALICE ON THE OUTSIDE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1999

"Sail on, Alice. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Still alertly navigating the shoals of early adolescence, Alice turns 14 in the 11th installment of her often hilarious, always perceptive odyssey. Read full book review >

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A SPY AMONG THE GIRLS by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"All in all, a terrific sequel to a long list of winners. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Nine-year-old Caroline Malloy is green with envy; her ten-year-old sister, Beth, is in love. Read full book review >

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STARTING WITH ALICE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Nevertheless, this cheerful addition will find a ready audience among the younger siblings of Alice fans as well as the devoted older fans themselves, to whom Alice feels like a friend. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Alice is back again, but this time she's younger. Read full book review >

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ALICE IN-BETWEEN by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, a casual but unexpectedly warm kiss from old friend Patrick at book's end suggests that the new teenager — as thoughtful and lively as ever — will soon be on to the next stage. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The fifth book about Alice slips comfortably into formula, but fans of the motherless preteen(now completing seventh grade) won't object. Read full book review >