Search Results: "ReShonda Tate Billingsley"


BOOK REVIEW

RUMOR CENTRAL by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 1, 2013

"A well-constructed take on the pleasures and pitfalls of fame. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In a fast-moving mean-girl story with a dash of suspense, a teen television star is asked to dish dirt on her well-connected friends. Read full book review >

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A FAMILY AFFAIR by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2013

"An overwrought novel from Billingsley (the author's previous books include Say Amen, Again, NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction) that will nonetheless please fans."
Bernard Wells is an adulterer. Enraged that he fathered their live-in nanny's child, Adele Wells casts not him but his child and the nanny out of the mansion. She may be ruthless and melodramatic, but Adele can't stop fate from re-uniting the family. Read full book review >

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CHIME by Franny Billingsley
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 17, 2011

"Delicious. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
"I've confessed to everything and I'd like to be hanged. Now, if you please." Read full book review >

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THE FOLK KEEPER by Franny Billingsley
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This will surely enthrall those who loved Berlie Doherty's Daughter of the Sea (1997). (Fiction. 10-14)"
From Billingsley (Well-Wished, 1997), an inventive and romantic fusion of the selkie tale with that of a nameless, hungry Folk who must be kept at bay. Read full book review >

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WELL WISHED by Franny Billingsley
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"For all the novelistic trimmings, Billingsley's debut is a fairy tale, elongated and embellished, but not necessarily improved. (Fiction. 9-12)"
The intersection of magic and reality is somewhat bumpy in this intriguing first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Still, he indicates important avenues for study, and frames an intelligent approach for addressing the social and economic trauma of black America."
Here, Billingsley (Sociology/Univ. of Maryland; Black Families in White America—not reviewed) challenges the worth of studies of dysfunctional black families. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POET by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"While the author justifiably bemoans the disproportionate number of titles about African-Americans that focus on slavery, his decision to illuminate this remarkable man's life offers a new perspective with remarkable clarity. (bibliography, author's note, acknowledgements) (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Tate paints a portrait of a North Carolina man who pursued his passion for language through long years of enslavement. Read full book review >

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BIRTHDAYS by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"The intended audience may find this less interesting than educators and librarians looking for program ideas; nevertheless, a useful book. (glossary, references and resources, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A survey of birthday customs from ancient times to today's birthday wishes on social media. Read full book review >

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DOWN TO EARTH by Nikki Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Informative, varied, entertaining, eye-catching—there's not much more you could ask of this unaffected piece of work. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A global survey of small-scale food production, with kids pitching in with the everyday chores. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2012

"Useful and inspiring advice for tinkerers."
Gawker.com technology gossip blogger Tate debuts with an account of how companies are innovating by freeing workers to dream up their own side projects. Read full book review >

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DREAMS OF A ROBOT DANCING BEE by James Tate
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"After appearing for years in small journals, these wonderful pieces have finally been brought together in a delicious smorgasbord."
The National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner poet goes narrative with a vast pantheon of dimensional characters and quiet fables. Read full book review >

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STRONG AS SANDOW by Don Tate
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Readers will find parallels with Meghan McCarthy's picture-book biography of Charles Atlas, Strong Man (2007), but Tate's celebration of Eugen Sandow makes a solid addition to any biography section. (Picture book/biography. 7-12)"
Tate introduces his readers to one of the first international sports stars in a well-researched biography of bodybuilding strongman Eugen Sandow. Read full book review >