Search Results: "Randy Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

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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DOLL EYES by Randy Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 1992

"A mean, funny spin on what happens when you talk yourself into being in love."
After a two-year split, the engagingly corrupt Rooster Franklin (Caught Looking, etc.) has decided he can't live without Rosalinda, and when he shows up on her Kansas City doorstep, he fully expects her to marry him. Read full book review >

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DEAD RULES by Randy Russell
FANTASY
Released: June 21, 2011

"Wickedly clever. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Not your usual paranormal romance. Read full book review >

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The Tale of Old Man Fischer by Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2014

"A capably written, genre-bending story filled with creepy-crawlies and refreshingly curious humans."
Neighborhood lore becomes a frightening reality for a young boy who dares to trespass on the property of Old Man Fischer in this debut mystery. 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 >

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SWISSMIST by Randy Powell
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"As the plot meanders to a quietly satisfying close, few will be surprised to find that Milo's emotional growth has surpassed his father's. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
Dry wit crackles through this intelligent novel about a teen boy's family troubles. Read full book review >

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RICHARD JOHN NEUHAUS by Randy Boyagoda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A useful, provocative spotlight on one of the leading lights of the 20th century."
The many sides of Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009). Read full book review >