Search Results: "Pleasant DeSpain"


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STRONGHEART JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Pleasant DeSpain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Gail Haley's Jack and the Bean Tree (1986) is still the best choice for readers in search of an alternative to the many tellings aimed at a younger audience. (Picture book/folklore. 8-10)"
DeSpain (Eleven Turtle Tales, 1994, etc.) turns to the oldest known versions of this durable story for his retelling. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"Although little effort is made to distinguish between the various cultures through language, these stories are all clear, fast-paced, and fun. (Notes) (Stories/Folklore. 4-10)"
Eleven fine early-reader, or read-aloud, tales. Read full book review >

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THIRTY-THREE MULTICULTURAL TALES TO TELL by Pleasant DeSpain
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Source notes. (Folklore. 7+)"
In his third collection, a well-known storyteller again gathers tales from around the world, featuring clever and foolish folk of all ages, supernatural creatures, hearty humor, low levels of violence, and deftly delivered messages. Read full book review >

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MOUNT PLEASANT by Patrice Nganang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"An elegantly drawn and engaging world of a sort unknown to most readers—but one they'll be glad to have visited."
Cameroonian writer Nganang delivers a modern epic, tinged with liberal doses of magical realism, of life in his country's colonial era. Read full book review >

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SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT by Derek Landy
FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2007

"Expect sequels. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
A high-intensity tale shot through with spectacular magic battles, savage mayhem, cool outfits, monsters, hidden doors, over-the-top names, narrow escapes, evil schemes and behavior heroic, ambiguous and really, really bad. Read full book review >

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PLEASANT DRUGS by Kathryn Kulpa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2005

"An uneven collection that would have benefited from more careful culling."
A batch of lackluster coming-of-age stories mingle with sharply observed tales of contemporary angst in Kulpa's first collection. Read full book review >

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GREEN AND PLEASANT LAND by Judith Cutler
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2015

"Although Cutler gets a bit carried away with the number of characters and catastrophes she introduces, Fran and Mark are as likable and capable as they were in their last adventure (Double Fault, 2014)."
Husband-and-wife sleuths reopen a case that almost everyone else wants to keep closed. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"This cri de coeur, which appears in a letter to her estranged daughter and grandchildren, suggests that Bornstein has made real sacrifices to follow her own advice, and can therefore dispense it with integrity."
A nervy, expansive memoir from a pioneering gender activist. Read full book review >

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CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A top-notch graphic memoir that adds a whole new dimension to readers' appreciation of Chast and her work."
A revelatory and occasionally hilarious memoir by the New Yorker cartoonist on helping her parents through their old age. Read full book review >

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THE ETERNITY KEY by Bree Despain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 12, 2015

"A discordant soap-opera sequel filling time until the finale. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Teen lovers get entangled in more myths, music and mysteries in this Stygian sequel. Read full book review >

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THE SHADOW PRINCE by Bree Despain
ROMANCE
Released: March 11, 2014

"An overcrowded modern romance equally inspired by ancient Greece and Glee. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A singer and a soldier boy re-enact and rework classic Greek myths in this lengthy series opener. Read full book review >

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THE IMMORTAL THRONE by Bree Despain
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"A chaotic conclusion, best for fervent fans and those who want more romance than Rick Riordan's novels. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)"
Teen lovers go to Hades and back in this third book. Read full book review >