Search Results: "Richard W. Jennings"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PIRATES OF TURTLE ROCK by Richard W. Jennings
ADVENTURE
Released: April 28, 2008

"Something's mizzen in this mildly entertaining but unmemorable effort. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Young women swooning over Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow may take to this tongue-in-cheek tale of intrepid 16-year-old Jenny Snow, who falls for a teenaged pirate Lothario and becomes embroiled in his treasure-hunting schemes. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT WHALE OF KANSAS by Richard W. Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"There is nothing stale about this book; from start to finish, it is every bit as much of an original as Kansascetus humongous himself. (Fiction. 9-14)"
A quirky wonder about truth, perseverance, and the vagaries of fame. Read full book review >

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GHOST TOWN by Richard W. Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 29, 2009

"Those unfamiliar with the author's style, however, may find themselves working a bit to acquire a taste for it. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Offbeat, quirky, peculiar, unusual—take your pick of adjectives; any (or all) could be used to describe the latest effort of a Midwestern writer known for original characters and unpredictable plots. Read full book review >

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FERRET ISLAND by Richard W. Jennings
ADVENTURE
Released: May 21, 2007

"Terrific, vintage stuff. (Fiction. 10-14)"
From an author who fairly defines "quirky" comes a downright loopy journey into territory both mythic and gleefully ridiculous. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY IN MT. MOLE by Richard W. Jennings
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2003

"A wry, witty, and always intelligent work that's as individualistic as its hero. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Nobody does quirky quite like Jennings, and this offering falls right into line with his other works. Read full book review >

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STINK CITY by Richard W. Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A leisurely musing on matters olfactory and romantic, this offering features Jennings's trademark wit and offbeat characterization, lyricism alternating with humor to make its own unique literary perfume. (Fiction. 10-14)"
What do you get when the heir to the biggest—and smelliest—catfish-bait company in America decides that fish feel pain? Read full book review >

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SCRIBBLE by Richard W. Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"The narrative moves back and forth from the present to Lawson's days with the terminally ill Jip, his matter-of-fact narration by turns funny and achingly sad, the arbitrary nature of life and death—and life after death—mining the surreal for truth. (Fiction. 10-14)"
"That's the thing about missing somebody who's not coming back. . . . It's like trying to live without food." Read full book review >

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ORWELL’S LUCK by Richard Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Bunnicula fans will enjoy making the acquaintance of another bunny who might, just might, be more than he seems, and that touch of mystery gives this appealing, if wordy, episode a dash of piquancy. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A quirky tale featuring an injured wild rabbit with unusual abilities and the anonymous young narrator who nurses him back to health. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY LIFE OF CRIME by Richard Jennings
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 28, 2002

"Secondary characters are likewise quirky but not much else, making this offering an ultimately tepid effort that never really pulls itself together to become the sly farce it is clearly meant to be. (Fiction. 10-13)"
An otherwise law-abiding and unremarkable—by design—sixth-grader finds himself almost irresistibly drawn to a life of larceny after he "liberates" a mistreated parrot from a third-grade classroom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAST MONEY MOVES by Richard W Seeks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"A complicated but ultimately thin thriller that trades only in stock conventions."
In Seeks' debut thriller, a corporation's chief financial officer disappears on the eve of a major acquisition, and the ensuing search reveals a conspiracy that grows increasingly complex. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND LEGENDS OF CALAMITY JANE by Richard W. Etulain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2014

"For lovers of the Wild West and its colorful history."
The former director of the Center for the American West at the University of New Mexico offers a biographical study of Calamity Jane and the narratives that have shaped perceptions of her remarkable life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Feminists will find Bailey's discussion of the masculine orientation of standard English particularly illuminating. (Twenty illustrations—not seen.)"
Drawing on his vast erudition about the uses of language, Bailey (English Language and Literature/Univ. of Michigan), associate editor of the Oxford Companion to the English Language, describes the history of the cultural, social, political, and even psychological attitudes toward the English language. Read full book review >