Search Results: "Shirley Burton"


BOOK REVIEW

Under The Ashes by Shirley Burton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 24, 2013

"A meritorious debut and a sound starting point for a new thriller series."
In Burton's debut thriller, the first of a planned series, an amnesiac who survived a serious car accident tries to piece his life back together—but what he knows may get him killed. Read full book review >

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ELLA’S BIG CHANCE by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Hughes has added shimmer to her familiar pen-and-gouache style and elegantly fashioned a delightful, revisionist fairy tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Few illustrators could so stylishly dress up the tale of Cinderella with the dash and glitter of the roaring '20s as Hughes has done here with aplomb. Read full book review >

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THE BIG ALFIE OUT OF DOORS STORYBOOK by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Mom'' and other needless Americanizations, undermining the splendidly evoked British setting. (Young reader/Picture book. 3-8)"
Four longish stories and as many pleasant poems about happy, wholesome experiences for Alfie and his little sister: setting up shop on a cardboard box; camping out with Dad in a real tent near Grandma's (a huge pig provides an amusing midnight disturbance, just scary enough); adopting a rock (``Bonting'') that Alfie invests with so much personality that losing ``him'' at the beach is truly sad (he's found, in the end). Read full book review >

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LEAVING JETTY ROAD by Rebecca Burton
FICTION
Released: June 13, 2006

"Burton paints settings, characters and relationships with a sweet and poignant freshness. (afterword) (Fiction. YA)"
A perceptive, quietly powerful piece about friendship. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"It may with those on the receiving end of bullying, but most likely not with those who are dishing it out. (empowerment resources) (Nonfiction. YA)"
Burton, the voice behind grrl.com, explains in five chapters the psychology behind "mean girl" behavior, how to deal with it and what can be done to stop it. Read full book review >

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MIXED FOURSOME by M.H. Burton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2012

"A solidly entertaining, mildly raunchy quartet of golfing capers."
A retired police detective turned wannabe golf professional can hardly find his way to the green without finding a body in Burton's fun mixture of mulligans and mayhem. Read full book review >

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Released: May 3, 2016

"A much-needed reminder that it's OK, even necessary, for mothers to consider their own needs, in addition to their children's."
A knowledgeable parent dispenses advice to harried mothers who've forgotten how to care for themselves. Read full book review >

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ALFIE'S 1-2-3 by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2000

"Fans of Alfie will savor this newest adventure while the uninitiated will quickly discover why this series has such enduring popularity with children and adults alike. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Alfie and his little sister Annie Rose are back, this time introducing the numbers one through ten in a playful approach to counting. Read full book review >

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STORIES BY FIRELIGHT by Shirley Hughes
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As welcome as a cozy blaze on a raw winter day. (Picture book/Young reader. 4-10)"
Another beguiling thematic collection: poems; stories— including a story-within-a-story in which a child convalescing with her mother's artist friend Morag explores a rocky coast, gets on quietly with her own drawing while Morag works, and enjoys Morag's tale of a selkie wife; a wordless ``Midwinter Night's Dream'' in which a young somnambulist sees all kinds of benign fantastical creatures lurking around his home; three fine Christmas entries, notably a British barmaid's harried response to ``A couple requiring a meal and a bed'' (``It's the wrong time of year, as I've already said;/I'd help if I could, with her in that state,/But I'm rushed off my feet and we're so understaffed...''). Read full book review >

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HOW TO BE HAPPY by David Burton
Released: April 11, 2017

"A heartfelt, accessible book that strives to break down the stigmas surrounding mental illness with remarkable humor and honesty. (Memoir. 15-adult)"
Australian playwright Burton charts the ups and downs of his anxious adolescence and early 20s in this hilariously candid debut memoir. Read full book review >

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THE MUSE by Jessie Burton
Released: July 26, 2016

"Tidily if dully concluded, this second novel fails to hit the same sweet, wholly integrated spot as its predecessor, but Burton fans will be happy to reunite with her committed storytelling."
A thrilling painting with a mysterious provenance connects two bold young women, one in Civil War Spain, the other in mid-1960s England. Read full book review >

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THE ROOT WORKER by Rainelle Burton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2001

"Unconvincing first novel, despite some powerful scenes."
A young African-American grows up under horrendous circumstances in 1960s Detroit. Read full book review >