Search Results: "Roberta Brandes Gratz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD  by Kate Brandes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2017

"An expertly paced, moving exploration of grief and responsibility and an eloquent portrait of a small town struggling with compromise."
A small-town family, torn apart by tragedy, must find a way to overcome their grievances when they face a common threat in Brandes' debut novel. Read full book review >

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THE LOST by Roberta Kray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2008

"Another multilayered crime saga from Kray (The Pact, 2007, etc.), long on plot but short on style. A panorama of supporting characters adds both interest and potential confusion."
Ghosts of long-dead crimes are best left undisturbed. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"It's not for those seeking hope and solace."
Controlled anger suffuses this thorough scrutiny of the state of breast cancer research, prevention, treatment, and attitudes by an activist and survivor. Read full book review >

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THE PROBLEM OF THE SPITEFUL SPIRITUALIST by Roberta Rogow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1999

"Sporadically entertaining."
A second outing for Dodgson and Doyle (The Problem of the Missing Miss, 1998). Read full book review >

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Released: April 24, 1989

A readable historical review of how American society has come to admire, even revere thin women—an account that tends toward hyperbole and throws a lot of good out with the bad. Read full book review >

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SCARIEST STORIES EVER TOLD by Roberta Simpson Brown
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"'Mom, there's an eye in the sink.' Read on if you dare. (Horror/short stories. 10-13)"
A new collection of original short chillers just right for sharing with unsuspecting middle graders. Read full book review >

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The Bennett Women by Roberta R. Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2015

"Despite its sometimes too-neat storyline, readers may find merit in this novel's exploration of the challenges of aging loved ones."
In this novel set in 2012, a harrowing health scare for a family matriarch spurs emotional crises for her Fortune 500 company CEO daughter and musically talented granddaughter. Read full book review >

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FANTASY BASEBALL by Alan Gratz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"But the relatively few fine baseball moments are surrounded by what seems like stuffing right out of the Patchwork Girl, while the meaning of Alex's sojourn in Ever After is obscured by the crowd. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Baseball enthusiast Alex finds himself thrust abruptly into the midst of an otherworldly baseball series in which his team, the Cyclones, includes pitcher Dorothy Gale, Tik-Tok, Br'er Rabbit and Toad of Toad Hall. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING ROTTEN by Alan Gratz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"However, this well-crafted mystery has appeal for readers familiar with both Raymond Chandler's novels and Shakespeare's masterpiece. (Fiction. YA)"
Gratz is cornering the niche market of novels containing dissimilar topics. Read full book review >

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A PERFECT HOME FOR A FAMILY by David L. Harrison
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"A fresh take on the familiar theme: 'There's no place like home.' (Picture book. 3-7)"
A raccoon couple searches for a new home in this amusing, succinct story with a plot that's short enough for younger preschoolers and comical enough for older kids. Read full book review >