Search Results: "Sinclair McKay"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A well-deserved, long-overdue celebration of some unsung heroes of WWII."
A detailed, well-researched account of the people who ran the top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, whose work helped the Allies win World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2012

"Loquacious, raving and madly provocative."
The nimble London-based author offers a loose-limbed set of disgruntled observations on the massively disruptive development that became the 2012 Olympic Village. Read full book review >

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THE GNOMOBILE by Upton Sinclair
Released: Sept. 8, 1936

"It's the kind of spoofing adults like better than children."
A fairy tale, with a mildly apparent lesson in tree conservation. Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF LANNY BUDD by Upton Sinclair
Released: April 20, 1953

"But somehow, the plot seems synthetic, the development contrived, and the injection of modern socialism and a new approach to the peace movement arbitrary."
Let's put the cards on the table and confess that it was with something of relief that I accepted O Shepherd, Speak! as the end of Lanny Budd, and that his "return" was unwelcome news. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Sinclair's eccentric style works best when taken in small doses—and with the supplement of a map. (8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
Walking tour of the neighborhoods and communities that border London's M25 highway: amusing and evocative, but bewildering to those not familiar with the territory. Read full book review >

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CO-OP by Upton Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 1936

"Political views color the story and emotional phases are inevitable, though the emphasis is on reasoning rather than on party and the line is sharply drawn between socialism and communism."
This story does not follow exactly the thread indicated by the title. Read full book review >

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THE FARM by Emily  McKay
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Nothing new here. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
After six months on a Farm where teens are raised to feed the vampire-mutant Ticks, Lily has a plan to escape with her autistic twin sister, Mel. Read full book review >

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CADDY EVER AFTER by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2006

"Caddy, the would-be bride, makes a late appearance, but by then, unbeknownst to her, her fate has been pretty well sealed in an extremely satisfying and comical ending. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Lovers of McKay's other offerings about the irrepressibly wacky and loving Casson family won't be disappointed by this latest installment. Read full book review >

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DOLPHIN LUCK by Hilary McKay
Released: May 1, 1999

"Ultimately, the book gains momentum, becomes enjoyably outrageous, and culminates in an amusing, gratifying ending. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Four eccentric but gallant children get into an amazing amount of trouble in this madcap comedy from McKay (The Amber Cat, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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SAFFY’S ANGEL by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"While not as distinctive as The Exiles and Dog Friday, this is nevertheless an enjoyable outing characterized by a spirit of warmth and humor. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Saffron is eight, she finds out that she was adopted at age three, after her mother—her adoptive mother's sister—died in a car accident in Italy. Read full book review >

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THE EXILES by Hilary McKay
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"A delightful debut. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When their dad unexpectedly inherits five thousand pounds, the sisters assume they'll all share; they're horrified when, instead, they're sent to ``Big Grandma'' in England's Lake District while their house is renovated. Read full book review >

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FALLOW'S FIELD by Dennis McKay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"A well-tilled field."
A young farmer must grow beyond the difficult, tragic childhood that hardened him. Read full book review >