Search Results: "Rosalyn Rikel"


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MILLICENT'S TOWER by Rosalyn Rikel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2014

"Whether Rikel's debut adult mystery is intended as a gothic parody or an Agatha Christie homage, it falls well short of either mark. Even the children are unconvincingly drawn—hardly an endorsement for an author whose previous volumes (The Windmill, 2013, etc.) have been aimed at a young audience."
A batty old woman fears that everyone's after her for her money. And you know what? She may be right. Read full book review >

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HOW BEN FRANKLIN STOLE THE LIGHTNING by Rosalyn  Schanzer
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Capped by an afterword that adds even more luster to Franklin's career, this effervescent tribute will give legions of young readers a peerless role model, whose actual, well-documented deeds need no exaggeration. (source note) (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
The author of Davy Crockett Saves the World (2001) builds a convincing case for adding Ben Franklin to the pantheon of American tall-tale heroes. Read full book review >

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DAVY CROCKETT SAVES THE WORLD by Rosalyn  Schanzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

Vowing that "every single word is true, unless it is false," Schanzer (Escaping to America, 2000, etc.) relates an American hero's greatest feat. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"American history. (index, multimedia source list) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
In an uncommonly balanced view of the American Revolution for younger readers, Schanzer places King George III in a better light than young readers—American ones, anyway—generally get to see him, while noting that neither side was innocent of rash actions or atrocities. Read full book review >

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ESCAPING TO AMERICA by Rosalyn  Schanzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"Together, words and pictures present a frank and clear-cut introduction to Jewish immigration to America. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
In Poland during the early part of the 20th, century mobs often stopped elderly, harmless Jews on the street, beating them up or smashing their shops. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Her drawings include portraits of the members of the expedition and other details that make an already authentic text all the richer. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
A simplified version of the diaries of Lewis and Clark; in an introduction, Schanzer explains how she condensed much of the excitement and adventure of the 40 volumes into this one. Read full book review >

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BLOOD ROSE REBELLION by Rosalyn Eves
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 28, 2017

"Intrigue, romance, and revolution, with enough unanswered questions that fans will cross fingers for a sequel. (author's note, bibliography, character list, glossary) (Fantasy. 13-15)"
Victorian rebellion among the Magyar and the magical creatures of Hungary and Eastern Europe: the táltos, lidérc, and rusalka. Read full book review >

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MORE THAN YOU KNOW by Rosalyn Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 2004

"Romantic, deeply sentimental redemption story of smoky jazz clubs, beauty salons crackling with gossip, and the intricate, wide-ranging community that holds it all together."
Buried secrets divide an African-American couple in debut fiction from Fort Worth Symphony violinist Story (And so I Sing: African American Divas of Opera and Concert, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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ART DOES (NOT!) EXIST by Rosalyn Drexler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Roaming the general Kathy Acker neighborhood, this protypically overhip novel will try the patience of even the most ardent enemy of conventional, patriarchal storytelling."
There must be a reason why stridently feminist fiction falls into two camps: realist novels-of-manners that owe their inspiration to Jane Austen and the tradition she belongs to; and bohemian experimental train wrecks like Drexler's latest. Read full book review >

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BLUE COLLAR BLUES by Rosalyn McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1998

"But while the language is zingy and the pacing good, too many characters conform to stereotype. (Author tour)"
McMillan (Knowing, 1996; One Better, 1997) sets her third novel smack in the middle of the American auto industry, but the Detroit environs and her fictional Champion company take a backseat to the anti-white rage that afflicts most of the characters. Read full book review >

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KNOWING by Rosalyn McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 22, 1996

"If Waiting to Exhale is a masterpiece, this McMillan is a mass-market reproduction. (Author tour)"
A first novel explores the lives and loves of middle-class African-Americans, but pales in comparison to Terry McMillan's (no relation) widely acclaimed Waiting to Exhale. Read full book review >

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ONE BETTER by Rosalyn McMillan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 1997

"Not a wash—the restaurant details are realistic and engaging, and Spice is a complex character—but, overall, far from a must- read. (Author tour)"
This McMillan is no Terry, but her second effort (Knowing, 1996)—though fresh and original it's not—has a certain appeal. Read full book review >