Search Results: "Samantha Hayes"


BOOK REVIEW

UNTIL YOU'RE MINE by Samantha Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Fewer red herrings would have made this a better read, but Hayes' tale succeeds despite them."
Told from the points of view of three women whose lives intertwine, Hayes (Someone Else's Son, 2011, etc.) sets her new novel in Birmingham, England, and spins out a plot that twists and turns from beginning to the end. Read full book review >

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WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND by Samantha Hayes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"The author likes to add a twist or two at the end, but the conclusion seems contrived and a bit too neat."
Hayes cooks up a new adventure for the least interesting character in her previous venture (Until You're Mine, 2014), British DI Lorraine Fisher.Read full book review >

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SAMANTHA HUNT
by Lucas Loredo

Samantha Hunt’s fiction lies in the meeting place between our common reality and the expanded reality of dreams, transformations, visitations, and conjurings. In her previous novels, teenagers communicate with the dead, a man travels through time over Queens, and men emerge from and disappear into the ocean. Hunt’s latest book, a collection of stories titled The Dark Dark, again inhabits ...


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BILL HAYES
by Alex Layman

Bill Hayes was 48 when he moved from San Francisco to New York. His longtime partner had died suddenly, and after a lifetime on the West Coast, Hayes was looking for a place to reinvent himself. In New York, he found exactly that. Shortly after moving, Hayes begins a relationship with famed neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. What unfolds from ...


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BOOK REVIEW

PATRICK AT THE CIRCUS by Geoffrey Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"Numerous vignettes per page, word balloons as well as text, rapid-fire shifts in mood and tone, and an uncomfortable combination of Katzenjammer brusqueness with treacly settings give this title a bad case of multiple and conflicting personalities. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This overly busy title featuring the return of Patrick Brown, the fuzzy little bear, and his family, suffers from a lack of focus as it crams too many subplots into a rather insipid story about going to the circus. Read full book review >

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A POOR EXCUSE FOR A DRAGON by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Freed captives become new friends, teaching this fellow that there are many different kinds of dragons. (Early reader. 5-8)"
Fred learns how to be true to himself and still be a dragon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LUCY ANNA AND THE FINDERS by Sarah Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A pleasant story, a feisty heroine, and a good read-aloud. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Lucy Anna fills her backpack with an apple, nine pine cones, a few whirligigs, and some nuts and ventures out into the forest to retrieve her stolen little red horse. Read full book review >

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BABY BRIGHT by Samantha Meredith
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A genial and gentle offering for the youngest readers. (Board book. 0-1)"
Simple graphics in black, white, green, yellow and gold foil introduce babies to a variety of animals and objects. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN LOST AND FOUND by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"These sweet sibs show no signs of growing old—thank goodness. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
Gently bickering mouse siblings Benny and Penny have another backyard adventure, this time when they search for Benny's lost pirate hat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"The book, a revision of A Night-Light for Bunny (2004), is only partly successful in execution. Children who want soothing at bedtime may do better with House in the Night, by Susan Marie Swanson and illustrated by Beth Krommes (2008), or the classic Goodnight Moon. (Picture book. 2-5)"
When Bunny announces that he cannot sleep because "[t]here's too much dark at night," he and Papa go off on the subtitle's promised "Glow-in-the-Dark Search" for the perfect night-light. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 7, 2008

"Emergent readers should have no trouble following along—or (except perhaps for only children) identifying with the situation. (Easy reader. 5-6)"
In this graphic mini-novel, a mouse in pirate dress fends off the overtures of his persistent little sister (garbed as a princess), then turns out to be more of a wuss than she is when it comes to bugs. Read full book review >

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BENNY AND PENNY IN THE BIG NO-NO! by Geoffrey Hayes
ANIMALS
Released: May 5, 2009

"Benny and Penny make agreeable protagonists, all sibling-squabbling when they're on their own but uniting against the depredations of the 'monster' and doing the right thing when it's called for. (Graphic early reader. 5-8)"
When fractious mouse siblings Benny and Penny observe that a new neighbor has moved in next door, curiosity leads them into a big no-no: climbing the fence to see if perhaps the newcomer may have stolen Benny's missing pail. Read full book review >