Search Results: "Sheila MacGill-Callahan"


BOOK REVIEW

DEATH IN A FAR COUNTRY by Sheila MacGill Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Undemanding first-mystery fare from children's author Callahan, whose culprits are, alas, less believable—and engaging- -than the Donodios and Con."
Trouble's afoot at N.Y.C.'s Irish Cultural Center, where retired history professor Brian Donodio—on his first day teaching a survey course—meets a purple-haired punk named Melisande and gets a mysterious please-can-we-meet note from visiting Irish cop Maureen Sullivan. Read full book review >

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FORTY WHACKS by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"Dim suspects are no match for MacGill-Callahan's cozy legion of detectives in this oppressively prim slice of Americana."
When veterinarian Liza Borden, of the Delaney Institute for the preservation of endangered species, is found holding the ax that killed her best friend, Abby Meyer, in the storied town of Fall River, Mass., you may think you're in for a vigorous reworking of the Lizzie Borden legend. Read full book review >

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Released: March 15, 1999

"Done with a variety of media, they achieve unique textures and warmth, and the artist's sense of humor is a perfect complement to the story. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The author combines two heretofore unrelated legends for an enjoyable, action-filled tale. Read full book review >

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TO CAPTURE THE WIND by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Oonagh's swagger and riddle-answering will appeal to young readers, even if the motives behind all the heroism isn't particularly germane to most in the picture-book set. (Picture book. 4-8)"
MacGill-Callahan (When Solomon Was King, 1995, etc.) explores the Celtic world in this story starring an ingenious Irish maiden, Oonagh, who answers a pirate king's riddles to win back her betrothed, an expert weaver named Conal. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN OF LIR by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1993

"A bit pretentious, but undeniably handsome. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
In a tale ``loosely based on an Irish myth,'' Lir's four children are turned into swans by jealous stepmother Aiofe, who grants them just one day a year in their true form—but ``on that day your feet may not touch the earth or you will surely die.'' They find refuge on a whale's back; still, she pursues them relentlessly until the spell is broken by friendly birds who form an arch to join two mountains—the ``Man from the North'' and the ``Woman from the South.'' In the original, these are a man and woman, from warring tribes, who marry; 900 years have elapsed; and the aged children join Lir in heaven—this isn't for purists, but it makes a dramatic story in a folkloric style. Read full book review >

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AND STILL THE TURTLE WATCHED by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Moser's beautifully balanced book design and powerful paintings ably contribute to the story's dignity and purpose. (Picture book. 6-10)"
An old man carves a turtle in a rock as a symbol of the All- Father who watches over the Delawares. Read full book review >

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WHEN SOLOMON WAS KING by Sheila MacGill-Callahan
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1995

"Nor are Johnson's formal-looking illustrations compelling; while some have the power of good portraiture, others are overly romantic or stiff with sentimentalism. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Prince Solomon, heading home empty-handed from his first hunt, comes to the rescue of a wounded lioness and spends the next day—the Sabbath—wandering about in the meadow near the den, marvelling at nature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FALSE HOPES by Daniel Callahan
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Callahan is a powerful presenter of ideas, anticipating challenges and providing persuasive arguments, and his controversial thoughts on the future of medicine are sure to stimulate discussion among health-care policymakers."
Medical ethicist Callahan (The Troubled Dream of Life, 1993, etc.) proposes a new way of looking at the nature of medicine that sharply challenges traditional beliefs in progress and perfectibility. Read full book review >

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VANESSA by Dan Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"Richly detailed account of Redgrave's career, though it's missing the fireworks that some encounters with the author might have ignited."
A freelance critic and author returns with a blend of biography and criticism in his reconstruction of the life of the woman many consider the greatest actress of her time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Throws a few incompletes, but finds the end zone more often than not."
The life story of one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Whatever Callahan is driving at here, it remains a mystery."
Golf Digest columnist Callahan takes an unfocused dip into the world of professional golf, intending to use Tiger Woods as his lodestone. Read full book review >

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THE NIGHT SHE WON MISS AMERICA by Michael Callahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Though Callahan's heroine achieved what many could only dream of, she lacked the capacity to define her own life as a 19-year-old. Luckily, the novel offers her time."
A young woman feels the heavy burden of a coveted crown. Read full book review >