Search Results: "Ron McLarty"


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ART IN AMERICA by Ron McLarty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2008

"An actor adept at entertaining and holding an audience shows himself a novelist gifted with the same skills. The book is not a masterpiece, but it's an immensely engaging and winning performance."
The actor-playwright turned novelist offers a hefty slice of Americana-inflected entertainment in his latest novel (Traveler, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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TRAVELER by Ron McLarty
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2007

Boyhood friendships and dreams are reshaped by mysteries that resonate for decades in the veteran character actor's flavorful successor to his well-received debut novel, The Memory of Running (2005). Read full book review >

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THE MEMORY OF RUNNING by Ron McLarty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

The pain of the loser permeates actor/playwright McLarty's first novel, part road story, part tragedy. It was released as an audiobook in 2000. Read full book review >

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CATS GOT TALENT by Ron Barrett
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Despite light touches, the cavalier abandonment of the cats, the satiric spoofing of the cats' ambitions and their naïve satisfaction with their 'success' create a disappointingly mean-spirited tone overall. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Three stray cats, formerly pets, try to strike it big in showbiz. Read full book review >

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RELIGION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Attractively designed and handsomely illustrated, this informative text introduces teens to many intriguing angles on a high-interest topic that should inspire many to further explore the subject. (chronology, glossary, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)"
Will the world end in a bang or a whimper? Unless pre-empted by human-induced disaster or one of many scientifically possible catastrophic scenarios, life on Earth will end a billion years from now in a sizzle. Read full book review >

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NOW PLAYING:  STONER & SPAZ II by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Readers familiar with the first book will be glad to see Ben's return; newcomers will be glad they finally met him. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In this darkly humorous sequel, Koertge continues the adventures of 16-year-old Ben Bancroft, "the Spaz," the kid with cerebral palsy readers met in the insightful and engaging Stoner & Spaz (2001). Read full book review >

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SHAKESPEARE MAKES THE PLAYOFFS by Ron Koertge
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Well done. (Fiction/poetry. 12 & up)"
For Kevin, baseball is a refuge in which he can lose himself to the intricacies and flow of the game. Read full book review >

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BLOODSUCKERS by Ron Knapp
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"For those who believe that science is sufficiently compelling on its own, the overall treatment of this material is rather sensationalized. (notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
This entry in the Weird and Wacky Science series presents the many creatures that suck blood: mosquitoes, vampire bats, head lice, lampreys, fleas, and leeches. Read full book review >

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THE HEART OF THE CITY by Ron Koertge
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Hanging over the story are instances of preaching, rampant political correctness, and heavy-handed messages of tolerance. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Lacking the high humor and deft characterizations that mark Koertge's YA novels, this book for middle graders is overwhelmed by the weight of its lessons. Read full book review >

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EVEN THE BUTLER WAS POOR by Ron Goulart
Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A short, fast, breezy, comic caper in which H.J. (Helen Jeanne) Mavity arrives at the mall to be paid back $5000 by her former boyfriend, Rick Dell, and instead receives a dying message from his almost lifeless lips: "Ninety nine clop clop." Read full book review >