Search Results: "Randy Fairbanks"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A browser's delight, packaged to fit small coffee tables. (Infotainment. 10-13)"
A tantalizing sampler of American roadside attractions, ghosts and spooky local legends for audiences not yet familiar with the TV show of the same name and its attendant series of state-by-state print guides. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2012

"Riveting fodder for casual browsers and budding scientists alike. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
From "Zany Zoology" to "Medical Marvels & Mishaps," the creators of Weird U.S. (2011) scout out wonders—mostly of the astonishing or gross-out sort—from scientific fields. Read full book review >

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BON BON VOYAGE by Nancy Fairbanks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 4, 2006

"Whiny Carolyn (Three-Course Murder, not reviewed, etc.) is consistently upstaged by her acerbic friend Luz and the tidbits of cooking lore and dessert recipes."
A free Mother's Day cruise to exotic Spanish and North African ports sounds like heaven—until murder, hijacking and a mother-in-law join the cruise. 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 >

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SISTER CARRIE by Lauren Fairbanks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 7, 1993

"Pretentious nonsense."
Like Kathy Acker, first-novelist Fairbanks finds inspiration for her barely readable word collage in the works of Joyce, Beckett, and Burroughs. Read full book review >

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A HELL OF A WAR by Jr. Fairbanks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1993

"Most satisfying, and a promised third volume should offer terrific dessert. (Sixteen pages of photos—not seen.)"
The follow-up to Fairbanks's first volume of memoirs (Salad Days, 1988) finds him as charming and debonair as ever and abrim with tales of his naval service during WW II. Read full book review >

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THE MOON RING by Randy DuBurke
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Still, the boundless energy and sheer playfulness of this debut will please young readers, and leave them hoping to see more from DuBurke. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A child discovers the truth of her grandma's dictum that "magic loves blue-moon light," when a Frisbee-sized, wish-granting silver ring falls at her feet. Read full book review >

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AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES by Randy Ribay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"Both profoundly literary and sadly unsatisfying. (Fiction. 15-17)"
A diverse quartet of Dungeons & Dragons players spends the last week of summer before senior year road tripping from Philadelphia to Seattle. Read full book review >

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THREE OYSTERS AND A CLAM by Randy Powell
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"In the end, though, the story and its concerns are slight, not as engaging as Powell's Run If You Dare (2001), which offers more substantial character development and depth. (Fiction. YA)"
Three eleventh-graders grapple with the challenge of expanding beyond their small social circle as they spend a weekend seeking a fourth member for their flag-football team in this mildly entertaining novel. Read full book review >

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THE WHISTLING TOILETS by Randy Powell
FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1996

"The book may be most reminiscent of Chris Crutcher's early, edgy work—no faint praise—but it has a unique feature that is surely all Powell's own: whistling toilets. (Fiction. 12+)"
At 16, Stan Claxton doesn't think very highly of himself. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: June 24, 1992

"An engaging, readable story featuring razor-sharp dialogue, nicely articulated chemistry between the characters, and a happy ending. (Fiction. 12-15)"
A light teen comedy about a shy, underdeveloped senior and his rebellious younger cousin, who meet and loosen each other up. Read full book review >