Search Results: "Priscilla Cummings"


BOOK REVIEW

PRISCILLA by Nicholas Shakespeare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A somewhat disjointed story that nonetheless successfully recounts how one woman dealt with her dysfunctional life."
Novelist Shakespeare (In Tasmania, 2004, etc.) searches for the realities of his aunt's life before, during and after World War II. Read full book review >

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WHAT MR. MATTERO DID by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Too much content, not enough style. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Dual narrators relate the story of a middle-school music teacher accused of improperly touching three of his students. Read full book review >

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A FACE FIRST by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The burn unit procedures carry a fascination of their own and will appeal to those readers who love weepy medical dramas, but Kelley's ordinariness ultimately keeps her story ordinary, too. (Fiction. 10-14)"
When 12-year-old Kelley is terribly burned in an automobile accident, she must heal not only physically, but psychologically as well. Read full book review >

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SAVING GRACE by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"The vivid rendition of the Depression era makes this a valuable addition to the genre. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
The Great Depression destroys Grace McFarland's family. Read full book review >

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BLINDSIDED by Priscilla Cummings
FICTION
Released: July 1, 2010

"A final short section on Braille offers a basic view of the alphabet's structure. (Fiction. YA)"
Born without an iris, a condition known as sporadic aniridia, 14-year-old Natalie faces the harsh reality that she will become blind. Read full book review >

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RED KAYAK by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Too bad: it deserves an audience. (Fiction. 11-14)"
A courageous teen's moral dilemma—and how he comes to terms with it—underscores this well-written, sometimes gripping story. Read full book review >

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CHEATING FOR THE CHICKEN MAN by Priscilla Cummings
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 15, 2015

"Realistically presenting the situational rather than absolute nature of some difficult choices, this engrossing novel provides lots to ponder and discuss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kate Tyler compromises her own values to protect her brother from bullying in this follow-up to Cummings' The Red Kayak (2004).Read full book review >

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THE JOURNEY BACK by Priscilla Cummings
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"It's a satisfying one, though, and it rises above the genre via gritty language and secondary characters with lives of their own. (map) (Fiction. 12-16)"
Sentenced to a juvenile detention camp and eager to escape, Digger has a plan that sends him on a journey that is both a survival story and a lesson in trust. Read full book review >

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AUTUMN JOURNEY by Priscilla Cummings
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The prose shows the ease and confidence of an old pro, and gives off the power of someone who understands well the human heart. (Fiction. 10+)"
A lyrical tale of a family pushed to the edge: In separate stories that eventually converge, a young Canada goose is wounded by a young boy, Will, who is trying to cope with the disintegration of his family. Read full book review >

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E.E. CUMMINGS by Catherine Reef
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 13, 2006

"It would have been made even stronger with fuller contextualization of Cummings's work among his contemporaries; as it is, it represents a solid introduction to one of the early 20th-century's more provocative American poets. (notes, bibliography, glossary, index) (Biography. YA)"
A cogent biography weaves life and poetry together for an appreciative look at the unconventional and exacting artist. Read full book review >

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PRISCILLA GORILLA by Barbara Bottner
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A precious and precocious primate parable sure to please. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Priscilla is not a gorilla, but she sure loves everything about them. Read full book review >

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E.E. CUMMINGS by Susan Cheever
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"This sympathetic life may win Cummings a new generation of readers."
Biography of the irreverent modernist poet, who was apparently a sad, troubled man. Read full book review >