Search Results: "Sandra Byrd"


BOOK REVIEW

ROSES HAVE THORNS by Sandra Byrd
Released: April 9, 2013

"A capable, empathetic historical recap with an unusual heroine, but it fails to set the Thames on fire."
The story of a Swedish noblewoman in Queen Elizabeth I's court. Read full book review >

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ELECTRIC BEN by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2012

"A work of breadth and energy, just like its subject; engaging and brimming with appeal for a wide audience. (Biography. 8-14)"
A beautifully realized labor of love and affection brings to life one of our brightest founding fathers. Read full book review >

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SAINT FRANCIS AND THE CHRISTMAS DONKEY by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lovely. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Inspired by the story of St. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: July 1, 2005

Paired with stylized, full-bleed views of strong-featured figures in classical Greek dress, and generally posed in profile, Byrd retells a melded tale that includes not only Theseus's birth, early feats and battle with the Minotaur, but also the imprisonment and flight of Daedalus and Icarus. Read full book review >

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JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A fine first introduction to an age-old tale of travel, adventure, and heroism. (Mythology. 6-9)"
Murder, intrigue, betrayal, patricide, regicide, and more constitute Jason's epic quest for the Golden Fleece. Read full book review >

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JACKSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"But the zeitgeist is embodied to perfection, and the result is a truly, and substantially, entertaining tale."
In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet also keenly aware of the underlying issues gripping the nation as it expanded westward. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"A synopsis of the MacCoul legend, source notes, and a pronunciation guide appear at the end of the book. (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)"
This visually attractive treatment of the early Celtic folktale, in which Finn and his crafty wife foil the menacing giant, Cucullin, is musical in its wording and graced with a fine sprinkling of old Irish artifacts. Read full book review >

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BRAVE CHICKEN LITTLE by Robert Byrd
retold by Robert Byrd, illustrated by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"A handsome, most welcome addition to the now–sadly neglected, too-little–published literature of folk and fairy tales. (Picture book/folk tale. 4-7)"
Byrd retells the familiar tale of folly and trickery, adding some outsize bravery and a happy ending. Read full book review >

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LEONARDO, BEAUTIFUL DREAMER by Robert Byrd
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2003

"His twin regards for subject and reader make this offering a winner. (author's note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-10)"
As thorough an exploration of Leonardo's achievements as can be wrought in picture-book format, this offering takes every opportunity to give the original Renaissance Man his own voice. Read full book review >

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LONE STAR NOIR by Bobby Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"Part of a geographically oriented noir fiction anthology series that began in 2004 with Brooklyn Noir and now includes over 40 more, including Miami, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Moscow and Istanbul Noir. Wait for your town."
Noir and Texas link 14 previously unpublished stories—two first-rate, the rest not bad. Read full book review >

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DOC WILDE AND THE FROGS OF DOOM by Tim Byrd
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"A tale 'terrifying and dark, of indescribable horrors and eldritch mysteries,' this is sure to be Wilde-ly popular, and readers will anxiously await future installments. (Adventure. 8-12)"
When their scientist grandfather disappears again, 12-year-old Brian, his ten-year-old sister, Wren, and their world-renowned father, Dr. Spartacus Wilde, are off on an adventure to kick off Byrd's debut novel and the first volume in a new series. Read full book review >

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UTOPIA TEXAS by Betty Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2008

"A thrilling tour de force."
Both a rich portrait of mid-century oil speculation and a classic tale of mother-daughter conflict, Utopia Texas is no paradise, but it's a satisfying-and sometimes frightening-trip through purgatory. Read full book review >