Search Results: "Randy Cerveny"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"An entertaining survey of highly unusual happenings that situate humans rather low on nature's food chain."
Boggling stories of crazy weather, from ice fogs and black blizzards to whirlwinds of fire, accompanied by explanations of the whys and wherefores. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >

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LUCY by Randy Cecil
Kirkus Star
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A brief denouement in the final act reveals that each main character has given the others just what they needed; a clever structure and a satisfying story. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Defying simple categorization, Cecil's 144-page illustrated narrative presents a street dog that dreams of home, a light-skinned girl who longs for companionship, and her father, a juggler who panics in front of an audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 20, 1999

"Although Powell occasionally indulges in overt psychologizing, he allows readers to see for themselves what drives a set of engaging, often surprising characters. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teenager confronts a stomach-churning change in living arrangements in this thought-provoking tale from Powell (Dean Duffy, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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DOORWAY TO HEARTBREAK PATH TO HOPE by Randy  Harper
Released: Aug. 3, 2012

"A revealing, heart-wrenching account about special needs adoption, the grave implications of prenatal and early childhood trauma, and the resilience of truly tough love and hope."
Harper's intimate memoir of one family's special needs adoption journey. Read full book review >

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"This book is more of a monochromatic mural than a multicolored tapestry, but it still captures the effects of social change on rural communities."
Turk travels the back roads of 36 states in search of "the living story of rural America." Read full book review >

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CAUGHT LOOKING by Randy Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 21, 1992

"Russell (Blind Spot, Hard Wire) is better than ever, and a writer to watch."
Alton Benjamin ``Rooster'' Franklin, Russell's sardonic answer to Westlake's Dortmunder, now heads for Kansas City with his visiting teenager, the ``rad'' Avery, in tow to discover who boosted the car of his girlfriend Carolyn's brother-in-law, virtually blind-as-a-bat ``high-heat'' pitcher Rowdy Monroe, whose glove was in the trunk. Read full book review >

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FINN FANCY NECROMANCY by Randy Henderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"But readers who crave characters with rich, fully inhabited emotional lives should look elsewhere."
A fast-paced fantasy mystery set in a mostly well-realized world stuffed with magical eccentricities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OFF THE GRID by Randy Denmon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A facile narrative about haves traveling in a land of have-nots."
An engineer and novelist's account of how he traveled from Louisiana to Panama in an electric car. Read full book review >