Search Results: "Ray Ellis"


BOOK REVIEW

ONCE A HUSSAR by Ray Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Readers will yearn for the sequel, Always a Hussar, not yet published in the United States."
Not a reprint or a lost manuscript but a freshly written, top-notch memoir by a former British artilleryman now in his 90s. Read full book review >

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DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Following the minute changes as the pages turn is to watch growth, transformation, death, and rebirth presented as enthralling spectacle. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Viewers follow the unfurling of an exotic woodland plant through the actions and invented language of beautifully coiffed and clothed insects. Read full book review >

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HOME by Carson Ellis
by Carson Ellis, illustrated by Carson Ellis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Visually accomplished but marred by stereotypical cultural depictions. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Ellis, known for her illustrations for Colin Meloy's Wildwood series, here riffs on the concept of "home." Read full book review >

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AHMED AND THE FEATHER GIRL by Jane Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2010

"Magically uplifting and appealing. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In an unknown country and time, an orphaned boy named Ahmed must work as a helper in mean Madame Saleem's traveling circus. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE CREATION by Jane Ray
NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Also available in Spanish (with the biblical text from Ediciones Paulinas, 1974). (Bible/Picture book. 3+)"
An illustrator whose elegantly beautiful The Story of Christmas was a 1991 ALA Notable Book brings the same striking blend of folk motifs and Middle Eastern references to a handsome rendition of the King James version of the Creation. Read full book review >

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THE T.F. LETTERS by Karen Ray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Readers in the know will appreciate the creative adult-child communication and picture Alex's parents grappling to smooth her adjustment; others will settle for believing, as Alex does, in magic. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Suddenly, Alex Vandershoot is going through a lot of changes, losing her first tooth, and facing her family's move to California from Texas. Read full book review >

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TRUE BLUE by Deborah Ellis
Released: March 15, 2012

"Casey, whose misplaced loyalty indicates startling ignorance of her friend's character, is a bore. Jess—sharply insightful, but selfish and entirely lacking in empathy—may be a piece of work, but she grabs readers' attention and never lets it go. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Known for powerful tales of social injustice in the developing world, Ellis here offers readers a flawed but gripping character study of teens in small-town Canada. Read full book review >

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LUNCH WITH LENIN by Deborah Ellis
FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 2008

"This will work best where short fiction is in high demand, but some teens will find it preachy. (Short stories. YA)"
Readers of activist and award-winning Canadian novelist Ellis's novels won't be surprised that the short fiction collected here deals with substance abuse and impoverished peoples in countries large and small. Read full book review >

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THE TURNING by Helen Ellis
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

"The author's attempts at humor, with satirical commentaries on aging parents' fertility problems, and horror, with bloody catfights, combine with Octavia's use of the 'race card' to fall flat, leaving readers turned off. (Urban fantasy. YA)"
Sophmore Mary Richards can't explain her purring in Pilates, her sudden desire to lap up spilled milk or the strange orange fur growing on her legs until she meets with her crush, Nick Martin, who reveals that she is undergoing "the turning" into a cat. Read full book review >

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BREAKER by Kat Ellis
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 24, 2016

"Spine-chilling and splendidly gory, with a genre-perfect stormy night denouement: the power cut, the phones out, the corpses revealed by lightning. (Thriller. 12-15)"
A serial killer's son is drawn to the daughter of his dad's final victim. Read full book review >