Search Results: "Polly Gannon"


BOOK REVIEW

POLLY by Amy Bryant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Polly isn't boring, but her romantic angst is—and that's the author's unfortunate focus."
An insecure teenager meanders her way through a series of boyfriends in the 1980s, in Bryant's debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POTCH & POLLY by William Steig
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2002

"The one missing piece of her pie'—gives the essentially adult tale the air of a sophisticated valentine, but perceptive younger readers will also catch the tenderness underlying this rocky, slapstick romance. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Agee (Milo's Hat Trick, 2001, etc.) illustrates this comic take on the course of true love never running smooth with clownish flair. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG GREEN TENT by Ludmila Ulitskaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Indeed, the greatest tragedy of Ulitskaya's story is that it comes to an end. Worthy of shelving alongside Doctor Zhivago: memorable and moving."
A sweeping novel of life in the Cold War Soviet Union, with plenty between the lines about life in Putin's Russia today. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STRANGER by Max Frei
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2009

"Well-written, well-paced grown-up fantasy with a strong dose of reality."
If Harry Potter smoked cigarettes and took a certain matter-of-fact pleasure in administering tough justice, he might like Max Frei, the protagonist of this fantasy novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PLASTIC POLLY by Jenny Lundquist
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"Readers will surely be saying, ‘Polly, you go girl.' (Fiction. 9-13)"
A popularity war heats to boiling when follower Polly Pierce has to take over the leadership of a middle school talent competition. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SYMMETRY TEACHER by Andrei Bitov
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"While Bitov's intelligence and gift for intellectual play are never in doubt, the novel hits the head rather than the heart."
A postmodern novel of dizzying intricacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRETTY POLLY by Dick King-Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Illustrations not seen; unfortunately, the jacket art is rather wooden in style and differs in detail from the text. (Fiction. 5-11)"
A parrot is too expensive, so Abby decides to teach one of the farmyard hens to talk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOLLOWING POLLY by Karen Bergreen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Although Bergreen is a professional comedian, the humor falls flat while the mystery lacks punch because neither the characters nor the author seem to take it seriously."
In her debut as a novelist, Bergreen attempts a comic murder mystery cum romance about a young woman who comes under suspicion when the semi-celebrity she's been stalking is murdered. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLLY VAUGHN by Barry  Moser
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1992

"A mostly successful attempt to clothe a classic tale in new attire. (Fiction. 8-14)"
As he did with Andersen's The Tinderbox (1990), Moser transplants a traditional British ballad with interesting parallels to Romeo and Juliet to Appalachia, a likely enough setting for the tragedy of a young man who, mistaking his beloved for a deer, shoots her and then is hanged for murder. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLLY HOPPER’S POUCH by Louise Bonnett-Rampersaud
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2001

"A cozy tale that reminds little readers that good things can come to those who wait. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A winsome tale about an inquisitive kangaroo, with illustrations from a promising newcomer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POLLY AND THE NORTH STAR by Polly Horner
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"Any young reader with an affinity for arctic animals will find plenty to coo over here, and the joy shared by parent and child at their reunion will leave a warm glow. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A pining child dreams of her absent father in this deeply felt debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Young, would-be adventurers or armchair travelers will enjoy exploring with these two straightforward, engaging personalities—and will learn a lot in the process."
This adventure novel recounts two American teen brothers' encounters with tour guides, wildlife and armed poachers in Botswana's Okavango Delta. Read full book review >