Search Results: "Shannon McNeill"


BOOK REVIEW

SHANNON by Frank Delaney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"A well-crafted, satisfying work of historical fiction, as are all of Delaney's novels; respectful of the facts while not cowed by them, and full of life."
A rousing tale of forbidden love, civil war, horrible death and other things Irish. Read full book review >

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ALBERT GOES TO TOWN by Jennifer Jordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"McNeill's illustrations, with a retro look and sparkling with color, are ideal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Albert takes a mystery tour of his neighbor's backyard in this salute to the workings of imagination. Read full book review >

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SHANNON MILLER by Claudia Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"As an Olympic gymnast, Shannon Miller had the eyes of the world on her, but this overly technical treatment won—t put her on the bestseller podium where fellow gymnast Dominique Moceanu once stood. (8 color, 42 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A proud and devoted mother's overdone portrait of her celebrated gymnast daughter's trials and triumphs. Read full book review >

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THE TROUBLE WITH MISTER by Debra Keller
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A colorful, bouncy romp. (Picture book. 3-8)"
One of the great recurring themes in children's books, the power of imagination, joins with one of the great themes of childhood, the wish for a pet. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1995

"This volume, marked by distinguished scholarship, level- headedness, and fine narrative style, goes a long way toward setting the record straight. (24 pages illustrations, 8 in color, not seen)"
A delightful and most welcome contribution to the field of Whistler scholarship and to our knowledge of 19th-century art and culture. Read full book review >

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WILD & WOOLLY by Mary Jessie Parker
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

Bighorn meets woolly baa-baa halfway in this "Town Mouse, Country Mouse" variant. Read full book review >

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ARE WE THERE YET? by Dandi Daley Mackall
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The irony of the whole situation will not be lost on small children, but don't expect miracles—children will behave just like this on their next family vacation. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Every family will identify and commiserate, with their traveling counterparts in these rollicking, rhyming couplets. Read full book review >

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THE COPPER BRAID OF SHANNON O’SHEA by Laura Esckelson
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

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Commanded by their queen, a company of sprites unbraids a girl's hair and finds more than they bargained for including buttons and thimbles, limos and taxis, even a sleeping bear in poet Esckelson's debut for children. "The copper braid of Shannon O'Shea / Was unbraided one fall on account of the hay / Which had tangled into the plaits of her hair, / But nobody knew what else snarled in there," Esckelson begins. Newton's (The Stonecutter: An Indian Folktale, 1990) sinuous illustrations, with fine black pen outlining the images, are intricately detailed, and wend their way across double-page spreads as Shannon's hair unleashes a tidal wave of wonders. Esckelson's fast-paced rhyme tells readers what to look for. As the jacket explains, she was inspired to write the story by "various myths about women's unbound hair releasing abundance and chaos into the world." She succeeds in interpreting these myths for a young audience and is perfectly teamed with Newton. Together, they immerse readers in a hairy nether world, rendering real the innumerable objects and tiny creatures that just might dwell atop our heads and inside our locks, waiting to be set free. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Nevertheless, it's a solid addition to the growing body of literature on the subject. (author's note) (Fiction. 10+)"
George Shannon was 16 years old when he joined the Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803. Read full book review >

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PRESS RELATIONS by Elisabeth McNeill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Mild, aimless chitchat with murder tossed in toward the end, too little and too late."
A period idyll chronicling quasi-domestic life in an Edinburgh pressroom. Read full book review >

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ANCIENT ROMANS by Sarah McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1998

"The maps are good, and the text is concise, but there is little in these pages that isn't covered in a dozen other books. (maps, charts, diagrams, chronologies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A collection of snippets of information that offer an overview of ancient Rome, from its legendary founding by Romulus and Remus to the overrunning of the Empire by Goths, Huns, and Vandals. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CODFISH by J.D. McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"McNeill sensitively explores the difficulty of change in this impressive debut, whether it's the increasing scarcity of good fishing, or a father and son needing to move on with their lives. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A thoughtful and at times riveting story of a 15-year-old boy who hasn't spoken since his mother died in a boating accident seven years earlier. Read full book review >