Search Results: "Rosemary L. Bray"


BOOK REVIEW

UNAFRAID OF THE DARK by Rosemary L. Bray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"As her affecting story reflects, her accomplishment is an achievement not so much of material progress but of the intellect— a contribution to cultural understanding. (Author tour)"
An African-American woman, a child of the '60s, recalls growing up poor on Chicago's South Side, attending Yale as an affirmative-action beneficiary, and taking her knocks en route to an understanding of the world and her role in it. Read full book review >

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MARTIN LUTHER KING by Rosemary L. Bray
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"She and Bray breathe new life into King's story, and into the details of the civil rights movement as well. (Chronology) (Picture book/biography. 7+)"
A fine introduction to the life of King—lucid, real, captivating. Read full book review >

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LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). Read full book review >

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BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray
ADVENTURE
Released: May 24, 2011

"The humor is both dark and madcap, including footnote asides and commercial scripts that keep the laughs coming. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
This inventive satire mocks celebrity culture while celebrating the resilience of teen girls. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Not for the faint of heart due to both subject and length, but the intricate plot and magnificently imagined details of character, dialogue and setting take hold and don't let go. Not to be missed. (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
1920s New York thrums with giddy life in this gripping first in a new trilogy from Printz winner Bray. Read full book review >

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THE SWEET FAR THING by Libba Bray
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"After hundreds of pages of inaction, rich descriptions descend to wordiness and Gemma's adolescent development is stilted, and the sex-positive, queer-friendly spirit of A Great and Terrible Beauty has vanished, replaced with a harsh magical morality. (Fantasy. YA)"
This trilogy closer fails to deliver on the potential of the stellar A Great and Terrible Beauty (2004). Read full book review >

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GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray
FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"Fans of the author's previous works will not be disappointed, and it may appeal to science-fiction and fantasy fans with a taste for dry humor as well. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In a marked departure from her Victorian-era Gemma Doyle trilogy, Bray offers a novel about a road trip undertaken by surly Cameron, a 16-year-old mad cow-disease sufferer, Gonzo, his hypochondriac dwarf hospital roommate, and a sentient garden gnome who is actually the Norse god Balder. Read full book review >

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REBEL ANGELS by Libba Bray
FANTASY
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"While the characters and setting lack the lush richness and depth that made the first volume appealing, Gemma's shivery adventures, lacking easy answers, make for an exciting mystical quest. (Fantasy. YA)"
What beastly luck. Read full book review >

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A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray
FANTASY
Released: Dec. 23, 2003

"A Gothic touched by modern conceptions of adolescence, shivery with both passion and terror. (Fiction. YA)"
Had Gemma but known what occult horrors would await her, would she still have wanted to leave India? Read full book review >

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A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY by Carys Bray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"An absorbing, beautifully written debut novel with surprising moments of humor."
When 4-year-old Issy dies of meningitis, her Mormon family struggles with sadness, doubt and faith. Read full book review >

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THE HOUR OF PARADE by Alan Bray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Well-researched and well-crafted, like a forgotten classic found on a dusty shelf alongside Stendhal and Hugo."
In Bray's debut novel, two soldiers from opposing armies in the Napoleonic wars forge a friendship haunted by secrets and complicated by their mistresses. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2014

"Bright, well-written and highly informative."
A history of the navigational tools that tell us where we are. Read full book review >