Search Results: "Ruth McNally Barshaw"


BOOK REVIEW

LEOPOLD THE LION by Denise Brennan-Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An essential look at the importance of an active lifestyle sneakily disguised as a fanciful feline tale. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Keeping a lion as a pet is never easy. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Full of maps, wilderness-survival tips and instructions for counting out rhymes and group games, as well as for making an automatic spitball machine, this will be an agreeable summer read. (Graphic fiction. 8-11)"
Forced to go camping in northern Michigan with her three cousins and younger brother, 11-year-old Ellie keeps a copiously illustrated record of the experience, documenting her dislike for the family and the situation, as well as her growing enjoyment by the end of the week. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2008

"An appendix includes an interview with the author and suggestions for making and keeping a sketch journal. (Graphic fiction. 8-11)"
Although Ellie McDoodle knows that moving means the end of everything good, her sketch journal (which, glumly, begins, "The End") shows her gradually making a place of her own in her new house, finding friends and conducting a successful nonviolent campaign to improve the school-lunch situation. Read full book review >

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LOW FLYING AIRCRAFT by T.M. McNally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Helen says, and McNally insistently chops up his narratives—occasionally achieving aesthetic success—to make them reflect human uncertainty in the face of life's surprises."
McNally's first collection of 14 stories, winner of this year's Flannery O'Connor Award, leisurely patches together instances from the lives of two interrelated families and their small circle of friends who have been touched by an accidental death and by a great deal of drifting and aimlessness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GIRLS IN THE MOON by Janet McNally
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Understated but astute narration makes this family snapshot a worthy read. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
During a week in New York City, a white teen explores family secrets and a forbidden romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER THE WORKSHOP by John McNally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"A ribald deconstruction, packed with literary in-jokes, of an industry in love with its own absurdities."
A media escort in the Midwest's most literary town spills the beans on the book business. Read full book review >

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ALMOST HOME by T.M. McNally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"Elizabeth and Patrick have real charm, particularly in scenes with Patrick's delightful dog, but the drug story nearly overwhelms them."
The coming-of-age of two adolescents in the drugged 1970s, by the author of Until Your Heart Stops (1993) and the Flannery O'Connor Award collection of 1992, Low Flying Aircraft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOK OF RALPH by John McNally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Harmless fun for the lads, courtesy of second-timer McNally (Troublemakers, not reviewed)."
A flamed-out dot-commer revisits his fairly grubby apprenticeship in delinquency in the tutelage of an older and street-wiser buddy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IS MENTAL ILLNESS? by Richard J. McNally
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2011

"Compassionate and insightful."
McNally (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; Remembering Trauma, 2003, etc.) takes a hard look at statistics that seem to indicate that "[m]adness…is rampant in America." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIG WORDS FOR LITTLE SCIENTISTS by Sarah Albee
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 1996

"Of limited use. (full-color photographs, glossary, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 8-10)"
``Little scientists'' who are not put off by the condescending title of this work, created in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History, will find a trivial, meandering alphabet of science terms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICA’S REPORT CARD by John McNally
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 11, 2006

"Totally charming whacked-out politics."
Two likable misfits are brought together by the Bush administration's dastardly use of national education tests. Read full book review >