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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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BOOK REVIEW

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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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

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MONSTER! by Scott Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Completely non-threatening monster and birthday fun—perfect for sharing one-on-one, this could also be a crowd-pleaser with a little practice at giving the monsters the voices you know they must have. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Ben, a cartoon three-horned devil, is throwing a surprise party for his friend Doris, a green dragon in a purple dress. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SIGN OF THE BLACK ROCK by Scott Chantler
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers should start with the first volume to get the characters' back stories, but here's an animated, breathlessly paced adventure that's just hitting its stride. (Graphic fantasy. 10-12)"
A heavy thunderstorm brings a motley trio of fugitive ex-circus performers, their armored pursuers and a band of smugglers together under the roof of a greedy innkeeper in this never-a-dull-moment sequel to Tower of Treasure (2010). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY RIDE! by Scott Magoon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Not this one. (Picture book. 4-7)"
"Mystery ride, / Mystery ride, / Do you want / to go on a / Mystery ride? / NO!" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IF EVERYTHING HAD LEGS? by Scott Menchin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"An amusing tale that may spark readers to embark on their own imaginative journeys. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An extended flight of fancy can take your mind right off your troubles. Read full book review >