Search Results: "Sharelle Byars Moranville"


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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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 >

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THE DARK STAIRS by Betsy Byars
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A promising start for a series that could easily become a popular alternative to massmarket mysteries. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A versatile standby (1971 Newbery) brings her usual brisk aplomb to a projected series about a self-reliant early teen whose first adventure is closer in spirit, despite her name, to the Nancy Drews recalled by its jacket than to the exploits of Indiana Jones. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1982

"However, this falls short of the penetrating warmth and conviction of Byars at her best."
In this sharply cast but overly managed story, three kids, two of them sisters, are thrown together when the girls' divorced father decides to share their two-week island vacation with his widowed "friend" Delores, John D.'s mother. Read full book review >

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THE 18TH EMERGENCY by Betsy Byars
Released: April 16, 1973

"This is Byars in a lighter mood (although we never question Mouse's desperation) and her projection of the marked victim's sharpened senses, fantasies of rescue, and frantic thoughts are both funny and empathic."
When Mouse and Ezzie were younger they used to enjoy inventing solutions to jungle emergencies (lion attack, unexpected charge of an enraged bull, sudden appearance of sharks in your swimming area), and now that big dumb Hammerman is after Mouse (for writing the bully's name under a picture of Neanderthal man on the sixth grade classroom wall) he remembers that most of the emergency measures amounted to doing whatever was hardest or most unnatural. Read full book review >

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THE MOON AND I by Betsy Byars
Released: April 1, 1992

"A must. (Autobiography. 9+)"
An adroit blend of telling experiences from Byars's life and ingenuous confidences about her writing, linked by her friendship with a huge blacksnake ("Moon") that she first observed coiled on a porch beam at the log cabin where she writes—all recounted in the inimitably forthright, witty voice that has endeared her to readers of her 36 children's books. Read full book review >