Search Results: "Rae A. McDonald"


BOOK REVIEW

A FISHING SURPRISE by Rae A. McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A gentle lesson that nature always provides if we are gracious enough to accept what she offers. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In this delightfully simple offering, a boy and a girl spend the day fishing, hoping to catch some fish to fry for supper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Marisol's varied, distinctive lifestyle and multiracial family affirms our increasingly blended society and clearly celebrates independent thinking. Brava! (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
A little girl celebrates her multiracial background and pride in her individuality through a creative and non-conformist attitude. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARISOL MCDONALD Y EL MONSTRUO / MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE MONSTER by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 2016

"Marvelously mismatched Marisol McDonald brings her unique perspective to the exploration of the universal topic of fear. (author's note, bilingual glossary) (Picture book. 5-8)"
When Marisol McDonald hears a bump in the night, her imagination goes wild, making her certain there must be a monster beneath her bed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS by Rae Carson
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Another indulgence in a Western narrative that undermines both history and its female protagonist instead of enlightening. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The middle volume of Carson's Gold Seer trilogy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OTIS AND RAE AND THE GRUMBLING SPLUNK by Laura Espinosa
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2008

"This pastiche, though propelled by a talented artist, might best have gone straight to animation and associated merch. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Otis and Rae camp out, tell scary stories and encounter a "real live" Grumbling Splunk in this first print project. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE OXFORD INHERITANCE by Ann A. McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A story just right for a dark and stormy night. Scary and good fun."
Mystery and horror intertwine in a gothic tale with modern accents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARISOL MCDONALD AND THE CLASH BASH/MARISOL MCDONALD Y LA FIESTA SIN IGUAL by Monica Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"A broadly appealing bilingual and bicultural celebration of being oneself and the love of family. (author's note, bilingual glossary) (Picture book. 6-8)"
The confident, exuberant, bicultural-and-proud Marisol McDonald is back in this follow-up to Brown's introduction to the character, Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER by Rae Carson
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"The tepid, resolution-free ending beckons potential sequels. (author's note, dramatis personae) (Historical fantasy. 12-14)"
Acclaimed for her fantasy, Carson now travels the Old West. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SUNLIGHT ON A BROKEN COLUMN by Catherine M. Rae
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"Still, Rae is as firmly in her Manhattan-past niche as Stephen Birmingham."
Another of Rae's light chillers (The Hidden Cove, 1995, etc.) set in a turn-of-the-century Manhattan of gilded turrets and grimy tenements: a tale of both staid and messy romances featuring ladies naughty and nice—and a doomed man with a sad secret. Read full book review >

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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF BOYS by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"McDonald keeps readers laughing with all the antics while expertly folding in Shakespeare references and double entendres in her now-familiar combination of journal-style entries from Joey's perspective, play scenes outlining Alex's viewpoint and an overall narrative told in Stevie's glib voice. (Fiction. 9-12)"
First kisses have Stevie Reel and her older sister Alex on opposite sides of the male-interest spectrum, while youngest sister Joey cannot even imagine considering boys over her frogs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RULE OF THREE by Megan McDonald
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"Here's hoping for a third act. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Reel sisters—Joey, Stevie and Alex—are back in the second installment of the Sisters Club series. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SISTERS CLUB by Megan McDonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Engaging dialogue and some laugh-out-loud moments will leave readers hoping for another installment. (Fiction. 8-10)"
Middle-sister awkwardness turns into aplomb for ten-year-old Stevie, sandwiched between 12-year-old Alex and eight-year-old Joey. Read full book review >