Search Results: "Shannon Hitchcock"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL by Shannon Hitchcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"A satisfying tale for readers who don't require a fully happy ending. (Historical fiction. 11-18)"
Jessie, 15 and living on a rural North Carolina tobacco farm in the early 1920s, dreams of graduating from high school and then attending teachers' college. Read full book review >

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RUBY LEE AND ME by Shannon Hitchcock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"The story is acceptable as a book about familial relationships and self-forgiveness, but it fails as the historical narrative it purports to be. (Historical fiction. 9-12)"
It's 1969, and 12-year-old Sarah's life is in turmoil. Read full book review >

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RABBIT HEART by Colleen Hitchcock
Released: May 2, 2006

"Titillating, but that's about it."
A debut that combines Victorian romance and murder mystery, both rendered rather silly by its far-fetched premise. Read full book review >

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THE RACQUET by George Hitchcock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1993

"An amusing tale: fluid and zany, with an unflappable, ever-so- slightly jaded hero and plenty of social commentary."
A second novel (after Another Shore—not reviewed) from the prolific Hitchcock—poet, playwright, painter, short-story writer- -spins a colorful yarn about a young Mexican tennis pro and his overland journey from Canada to home, entering the US for the first time. Read full book review >

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THE DAY SUN WAS STOLEN by Jamie Oliviero
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"The whole work is unusually striking and compelling. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Come winter, the bear hibernates and many other creatures grow warm coats. Read full book review >

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THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The talented author and original subject matter largely counterbalance missteps. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
In 1970, a decade after statehood, the difficult lives of four Alaska teens are transformed when their paths intersect. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

"An exercise in raining on the Greatest Generation's parade, best read by those who were not alive during that time."
The end of the Third Reich brought Nazi-occupied Europe a new set of troubles, maintains Hitchcock (History/Temple Univ.; The Struggle for Europe: The Turbulent History of a Divided Continent 1945 to the Present, 2003, etc.) in this thoroughly revisionist, middling history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"A grand voyage reduced to trivialities; one wonders what might have been the result if Hitchcock had for a moment stopped looking within and taken a gander around."
From freelance writer Hitchcock, the chronicle of a nine-month sailing journey through the Caribbean that has the atmosphere of an overly long, amateur family-therapy session. Read full book review >

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TRICK OF THE EYE by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Pure pleasure for psychological-suspense fans."
Dramatist Stanton's first novel is a thoroughly satisfying thriller—simultaneously luscious and ladylike as it traces the cat-and-mouse relationship between a wealthy old New York dowager and the solitary artist she hires to help re-create her past. Read full book review >

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SOCIAL CRIMES by Jane Stanton Hitchcock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"A Hampton breeze that rarely chills. Hitchcock (Trick of the Hammer, 1994, etc.) misses the psychological insight that can make readers squirm with empathy."
A lukewarm tale of suspense about an obsessed Manhattan woman who grows as evil as her nemesis. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RELIGION
Released: May 1, 2009

"This belligerent tract is unlikely to win over converts and will disappoint readers seeking information about atheism. (Nonfiction. YA)"
Hitchcock's abrasive and condescending approach to showing "the absurdity of all religions and their shared notion of a god or gods" is unlikely to convince readers who do not already share his views. Read full book review >