Search Results: "Scott Speer"


BOOK REVIEW

IMMORTAL CITY by Scott Speer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 3, 2012

"An overfull crossover between paranormal romances, hard-boiled-detective stories and Gossip Girl novels. (Fantasy. 13-15)"
A world that worships not angelic Hollywood stars but actual angels proves familiar. Read full book review >

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THE WHIPPING BOY by Speer Morgan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1994

"Despite its sometimes grim subject matter and Morgan's attempt to evoke a sense of historical gravity in his portrait of the American West on the cusp of modernity, this is a surprisingly inconsequential novel. (Author tour)"
A young Indian boy coming of age in the late-19th-century Oklahoma Territory and Arkansas is depicted in this sensitive but often plodding and listless novel by the author of The Assemblers (1986). Read full book review >

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THE FRESHOUR CYLINDERS by Speer Morgan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 31, 1998

"Morgan's best yet, spiced with sex and an emphasis on the lore of artifacts to balance the skullduggery."
Morgan (The Assemblers, 1986, etc.) brings back mixed-blood, Choctaw orphan Tom Freshour from 1994's The Whipping Boy and places him as a 45-year-old prosecuting attorney on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border in 1935. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A powerful record of seven American wars, told in the words of those who lived through them. (First printing of 15,000)"
In a look at a dimension of war that historians rarely cover- -the life of the ordinary soldier—Missouri Review ed. Read full book review >

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THE SAGA OF SAN FRANCISCO’S WILD WESTERN ADDITION AND ME by Robert Leland Speer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"Enough material for multiple, engrossing memoirs—a Midwestern childhood, San Francisco gay culture, the history of a neighborhood—that don't receive enough focus here."
A wide-ranging debut memoir about a gay man in San Francisco. Read full book review >

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PRIMED AND READY
by Mandy Curtis

BOOK REPORT for Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Cover Story: Pretty Deadly
BFF Charm: Caution!
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude
Anti-Bonus Factor: Awful Grownups
Relationship Status: Friends?

Trigger Warning: Violet Grenade features scenes of attempted assault, abuse, and bullying, and touches on very dark themes of death and murder. Some situations might be ...


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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: PATRICIA BELL-SCOTT
by Maya Payne Smart

In The Firebrand and the First Lady, scholar Patricia Bell-Scott illuminates the unlikely friendship between two historic American women. Radical civil and women’s rights activist Pauli Murray and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt corresponded for years and swayed one another’s social justice aims and strategies. Their views never converged, but Bell-Scott makes a compelling case that they grew with and toward ...


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BOOK REVIEW

MAGIC PICKLE by Scott Morse
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"Diverting and dill-ectable. (Graphic novel. 8-10)"
Different plot, different format, same cast: Running in parallel to published chapter-book episodes such as Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes (2007), this scenario-setter introduces the bulked-up cuke superhero. Read full book review >

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ARTICHOKE BOY by Scott Mickelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Artichoke Boy's joy in artichokes seems more a clinical issue than it is a bit of tomfool fun. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Mickelson takes a bold stab at trying to make the artichoke an object of amusement, but as vegetables go, the spiny globe is more strange than humorous. Read full book review >

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TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR by Steve Scott
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1998

"Children will chant and gesture along with this uncomplicated bedtime rhyme. (Board book. 2-3)"
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear ($9.95; Jun. 30; 24 pp.; 0-694-01162-2): This Growing Tree entry has an easy, familiar verse, and Scott makes sure that even the youngest toddler will be able to follow the actions of a boy and his teddy bear as they touch, dance, point, jump, bow, run, and prepare for bed. Read full book review >

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SHRUNKEN TREASURES by Scott Nash
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Children won't get the jokes; adult readers won't laugh at them. (closing notes) (Satire. 10-12, adult)"
With his "Versizer," a literary shrink ray, Nash condenses works of Homer, Shakespeare, Proust, and six other classic authors into illustrated light verse. Read full book review >

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BREATHE by Scott Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"Richly composed and sweetly appealing—just right for baby storytimes as well as one-to-one sharing. (Picture book. 6 mos.-3)"
A very young white whale swims into the wider world of the arctic seas, celebrating first adventures of the very young. Read full book review >