Search Results: "Phyllis Reynolds Naylor"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WITCH HERSELF by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 1978

"Formula shivers—but followers of the series won't be disappointed."
Is Mrs. Tuggle's witchcraft all in Lynn's head, as Mother had suggested in The Witch's Sister (1975), or is the old woman really on the way to capturing Mother for her coven? Read full book review >

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MAKING IT HAPPEN by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1970

"It's a matter of taste: bad."
Ultimately hoist by its own petard, the story starts out knocking revolution for revolution's sake. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1986

"Though the writing is occasionally forced, most readers should like this a lot."
Another hectic, slapstick, often charming mystery about Bernie Magruder. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 1989

"A lively, authentic story, with refreshingly pleasant characters—one that may help readers to realize (as Alice does at summer's end) that adapting to everyone else's prescriptions is less important than being oneself."
A wide-ranging author—who has proved herself adept at fantasy, the teen-age novel, humor, and historical fiction—writes a funny, perceptive story about the summer before junior high: 12-year-old Alice's Dad calls it "The Summer of the First Boyfriend." Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: April 1, 1990

"No real surprises and more chuckles than belly laughs, but Naylor tells her story with a practiced dexterity that should keep readers entertained."
A third comic adventure at the hotel last visited in The Bodies in the Bessledorf Hotel (1986). 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 >