Search Results: "Polly Horvath"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CANNING SEASON by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2003

"Once again Horvath displays a genius for creating multigenerational, interestingly extended families, and for blending high and low comedy into a tale rife with important themes and life-changing events. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Horvath tops even Everything on a Waffle (2001) with this hilarious, heartrending tale of two unwanted children left with a pair of eccentric old ladies. Read full book review >

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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 >

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THE VACATION by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"But a new offering from the queen of offbeat is always a welcome holiday. (Fiction. 11-13)"
His impulsive mother having decided to do Good Works in Africa, 12-year-old Henry abruptly finds himself in the decidedly un-maternal care of quarrelsome, forty-ish aunts Magnolia and Pigg. Read full book review >

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EVERYTHING ON A WAFFLE by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2001

"That she was right all along about her parents will make her story extra sweet to readers. (Fiction. 11-15)"
Life dishes up the sweet with the sour following the disappearance of a child's parents in this perceptive, barbed tale from the author of The Trolls (1999). Read full book review >

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THE TROLLS by Polly Horvath
Released: March 30, 1999

"After the last laugh, Aunt Sally's hard-won understanding of human nature will leave readers with plenty to ponder. (Fiction. 8-12)"
An unconventional aunt blows in from Vancouver to pinch-hit as a babysitter, and offers two sisters and their brother an entrancing view of family history. Mr. and Mrs. Anderson have nonrefundable tickets for a trip to Paris, but their babysitter has canceled on short notice. Read full book review >

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THE HAPPY YELLOW CAR by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Still, those who enjoyed the wordplay and broad humor in the author's earlier efforts will be amused by Betty's struggles. (Fiction. 10-13)"
The author of An Occasional Cow (1989) features country folk in another slapstick yarn. Read full book review >

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NORTHWARD TO THE MOON by Polly Horvath
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 23, 2010

"A detour-rich road trip well worth the ride. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This delicious ramble picks up a year after My One Hundred Adventures (2008) left off, and Jane Fielding, now 13, isn't just dreaming of having adventures but is experiencing a doozy of one. Read full book review >

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WHEN THE CIRCUS CAME TO TOWN by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 1996

"Another enjoyably lightweight novel from Horvath (Happy Yellow Car, 1994, etc.): The message about the importance of community is not too heavy-handed, the silly situations never become outlandish, and the whole book hums along with good humor. (Fiction. 8-12)"
For someone who plans to be a writer when she grows up, Ivy has led a pretty solitary life. Read full book review >

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MY ONE HUNDRED ADVENTURES by Polly Horvath
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Jane's poetic, philosophical musings capture a child's logic with an adult voice in this witty, wise and wonderful novel. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Twelve-year-old Jane Fielding's soul itches for adventure. Read full book review >

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THE CORPS OF THE BARE-BONED PLANE by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"While Meline's final monologue is perhaps a too-facile tying up of loose strings, readers will sink deeply into the story, finding the truth under the eccentricity. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Not exactly a change of pace for Horvath, this slightly less bizarre (only slightly) tale than her usual quirkiness assembles a quartet of grieving loners in a baroque mansion on a remote British Columbian island. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT GARDEN by Polly Horvath
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fans of Horvath's Newbery Honor book, Everything on a Waffle (2001), will be disappointed; this one isn't nearly as good. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A remote Canadian farm contains a magic garden. Read full book review >