Search Results: "Richard Peck"


BOOK REVIEW

PECK, PECK, PECK by Lucy Cousins
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"From the sunny, see-through cover to the final bedtime snuggle, this day in the life of an overachiever (naughty by human standards) is sure to generate chortles and great interest. (Picture book. 2-4)"
The young woodpecker featured in this tale is a quick study: After one lesson from his daddy, he's ready to practice pecking on his own. Read full book review >

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GREGORY PECK by Lynn Haney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"A perspective-setting biography: gracious, but pulling no punches. (16 pp. b&w photos)"
The movie actor's career—and careerism—get generous scrutiny from a veteran pop biographer. Read full book review >

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IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT by Andrea Beaty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Another John Lithgow she is not, nor is Iggy another Remarkable Farkle McBride (2000), but it's always salutary to see young talent vindicated. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A repressive teacher almost ruins second grade for a prodigy in this amusing, if overwritten, tale. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word."
A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Read full book review >

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MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1994

"David's Day."
One of the many biographies of the actor, who died in 1984, including the surpassing Richard Burton: A Life (1988) by Melvyn Bragg and Richard Burton, My Brother (1988) by Graham Jenkins. Read full book review >

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A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Remarkable and fine. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a novel that skillfully captures the nuances of small-town life, an elderly man reminisces about his annual trips from Chicago to his grandmother's house in rural Illinois during the Depression. Read full book review >

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LONDON HOLIDAY by Richard Peck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A thoroughly silly, predictable tale from a prolific YA author."
A slight story about three girlhood friends, now in midlife crisis, who take a London holiday that miraculously takes care of all their problems. Read full book review >

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THE LAST SAFE PLACE ON EARTH by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1995

"Nevertheless, this is a provocative novel about important issues. (Fiction. 12+)"
The Tobins have moved to Walden Woods because they thought they would be safe in the friendly, upscale community, with an excellent school system. Read full book review >

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SECRETS OF THE SHOPPING MALL by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"Worse, Teresa and Barnie have no personalities either and their thoughts and conversations no vitality."
On an impulse, unhappy loner Teresa rescues brainy Barnie from a mean gang in their inner city junior high school—and the two flee to a suburban jungle that proves just as dangerous. Read full book review >