Search Results: "Sara Lewis Holmes"


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OPERATION YES by Sara Lewis Holmes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Pitched to readers in both military and civilian families, this engaging story avoids larger questions of war and peace, focusing instead on how they affect the lives of American kids who deal with the consequences every day. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In this lively, often funny novel, an enthusiastic teacher brings improv to restless sixth graders at a rundown school on a North Carolina Air Force base. Read full book review >

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THE WOLF HOUR by Sara Lewis Holmes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"There is a bit too much going on in this convoluted tale, making it difficult for readers to plunge in and fully immerse themselves. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Little Red Riding Hood meets the Three Little Pigs—literally—in this fairy-tale mashup set in Poland. Read full book review >

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LETTERS FROM RAPUNZEL by Sara Holmes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"Despite these weaknesses, Cadence's story may still cast a spell over some readers. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Contradictions can be intriguing. Read full book review >

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THE ANSWER IS YES by Sara Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"Closing with a series of tidy surprises that test credibility, this is, still, a quirkily gratifying escape for any reader who believes in small miracles."
A wacky novel filled with scarcely believable yet entertaining twists of fate from the author of, most recently, But I Love You Anyway (1996). Read full book review >

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BUT I LOVE YOU ANYWAY by Sara Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"Though the vignettes are at first somewhat slow-moving and awkward, the story soon enough gains direction and suspense—and ends with convincing lessons satisfyingly learned by all major players."
A deft, engaging novel in the form of a series of vignettes, depicting the trials and joys of extended family life, from the author of Heart Conditions (1994), etc. The narrator, 40-year-old Mimi, a once-divorced, once-widowed mother of two lively, quirky kids—Melanie, 12, and Daniel, 10- -lives on a shoestring in suburban San Diego and is beset by troubles. Read full book review >

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SECOND DRAFT OF MY LIFE by Sara Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"On balance, though, a life with too little life."
Even the title smacks of loserdom for a 42-year-old narrator-novelist turned first-grade teacher determined to have a life—in Lewis's fourth (The Answer Is Yes, 1998), a pale, unmemorable tale. Read full book review >

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TRYING TO SMILE by Sara Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Lewis's candor and craftsmanship are to her credit—but there's something about the combination of the Spartan prose and quotidian subject matter that underwhelms."
Nine short stories mostly about young women slightly too outrÇ to be yuppies, going through troubled times but keeping stiff upper lips about it. Read full book review >

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HEART CONDITIONS by Sara Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"First-novelist Lewis's urban characters are original and well- drawn, but their incorrigible self-obsession quickly grows depressing and dull."
A hapless editorial assistant marries her unfaithful boyfriend only to be betrayed again: a whiny New York tale by the author of the story collection Trying to Smile (1992). Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF GOOD by Sara Lewis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Bland prose and long stretches of trivial, repetitive dialogue: a banal and tepid fifth from Lewis (Second Draft of My Life, 2002, etc.)."
Middle-aged musician starts over. Read full book review >

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SILENT SPARKS by Sara Lewis
NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2016

"A delightful book sure to charm nature lovers of all ages."
An exploration of the little-known lives of fireflies. Read full book review >

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POEM-MOBILES by J. Patrick Lewis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Young readers will almost certainly be inspired to create their own wacky cars. (Picture book/poetry. 6-9)"
Limitless possibilities for future car designs are imagined in a collection of free-wheeling verses. Read full book review >

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CIVIL RIGHTS THEN AND NOW
by Leila Roy

In celebration and honor of this weekend’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, let’s take a look at some of the recent and upcoming books about the Civil Rights Movement!

While they are certainly not the most recent books on the list, John Lewis’ March: Book One, Two, and Three are most immediately on my mind—partly because Lewis is the last ...


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