Search Results: "Sharelle Byars Moranville"


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THE HOP by Sharelle Byars Moranville
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 20, 2012

"An enchanting adventure. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Moranville transforms the Grimms' classic "The Frog Prince" into a humorous environmental tale. Read full book review >

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27 MAGIC WORDS by Sharelle Byars Moranville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Both tragic and uplifting, this winsome tale perfectly depicts some of the many aspects of magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kobi's world is vividly portrayed, shimmering with just a soupçon of subtle magic from the opening pages. Read full book review >

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OVER THE RIVER by Sharelle Byars Moranville
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"An occasional over-abundance of period details and a climactic ending that stretches a little too long are minor faults compared to the subtle emotional moments that make this a story to savor and a writer to watch. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Complicated family relationships are the heart and strength of this fine debut. Read full book review >

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THE SNOWS by Sharelle Byars Moranville
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Female readers in particular will take interest in the growing opportunities for women in each successive generation. (Historical fiction. YA)"
Sixteen is a pivotal age for four generations of Snows. Read full book review >

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A HIGHER GEOMETRY by Sharelle Byars Moranville
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"A terrific teen read. (Fiction. YA)"
It's 1959, the year Anna Conway turns 16. Read full book review >

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THE PURPLE RIBBON by Sharelle Byars Moranville
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Little to pull readers along. (Fiction. 6-9)"
A young field mouse grows and changes in a less-than-satisfying story about family. Read full book review >

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THE COMPUTER NUT by Guy Byars
Released: Oct. 1, 1984

"The who's-on-the-computer? gambit, and the true-to-character humor holds up well enough to keep readers going—even if the thwarted space-comedian bombs out."
Airy computer hijinks—with something of a letdown when the secret's out. Read full book review >

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ME TARZAN by Betsy Byars
ANIMALS
Released: May 31, 2000

"Great fun, and a champion candidate for reading aloud. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Byars (Disappearing Acts, 1998, etc.) will have young readers enthusiastically pounding their own chests with this hilarious tale of a child who discovers in herself the true Call of the Wild. Read full book review >

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McMUMMY by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A minor effort. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Professor Orloff has left Mozie to care for a greenhouse of experimental plants, with specific instructions for administering "Vitagrow." Read full book review >

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THE WINGED COLT OF CASA MIA by Betsy Byars
Released: Oct. 1, 1973

"Byars reworks the boy-man-horse formula with considerable skill but with none of the richly imagined vitality of her House of Wings (1972)."
Except for the colt's wings this is a typical realistic story — with none of the hushed wonder that usually accompanies such a fantasy element — in which the relationship between a boy and a man is intertwined with a boy's love for an animal. Read full book review >

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RAMA THE GYPSY CAT by Betsy Byars
Released: Oct. 17, 1966

"The story is episodic and moody, and the frank approach may rub some readers' fur the wrong way, but objective cat lovers will appreciate this."
Cats are less likely to be centered on in juvenile fiction than dogs, horses, or other loyal animals—the errant Black Beauty way of life is too well suited to their personality. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Some plot elements get short shrift, but several characters show surprising depth, and readers should be prepared to read this in one breathless sitting. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Frizzing up whenever danger threatens, amateur sleuth Herculeah Jones's hair gets a real workout in this tale of murder, weight, and family secrets. Read full book review >