Search Results: "Phyllis Reynolds Naylor"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 17, 1981

"The story is little more than a string of small incidents, but they gather momentum once the shopping trip is under way, and they are loaded with chuckles of sympathetic recognition."
This is mostly eight-year-old John's complaint about all the dumb things brother Peter, three years younger, makes him do. Read full book review >

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AN AMISH FAMILY by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Released: March 1, 1975

"This unromanticized family shows both the narrowness and inconsistencies of the Amish tradition, and the survival of a stable, supportive community life that most of us can only imagine."
Stripping away all preconceptions about the picturesque Amish, Naylor introduces the Stolzfus family of Intercourse, Pennsylvania which perseveres in its plain life against the pressures of what the Amish call the "gay" world. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1967

"Transparently obvious—a page torn from a caseworker's notebook, the characters immaterial and almost irrelevant."
Dad is indicted for income tax evasion and ninth grader Brad Willson, always from the right side of the river, becomes an instant outsider. Read full book review >

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SHADOWS ON THE WALL by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 10, 1980

"On the other hand, there is too little substance and texture to make it a promising beginning."
On a trip to York, England, with his parents, Dan is seized with terror at certain spots along the river that surrounds the town. Read full book review >

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THE KEEPER by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1986

"Instead she focuses on the unwelcome and painful choices a boy must make for a father who can no longer function."
Nick Karpinski finds he must cope at home with his father's sudden plunge into mental illness while pretending that nothing is wrong. Read full book review >

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WALKING THROUGH THE DARK by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
FICTION
Released: March 15, 1976

"And those who can empathize with her seemingly invincible sense of security at the beginning will be carried along despite Naylor's affectless management of the supporting cast."
In her preoccupation with the high school social life and college career to come, Ruth Wheeler is the epitome of self-centered adolescence. 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 >