Search Results: "Siobhán Parkinson"


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BLUE LIKE FRIDAY by Siobhán Parkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Deftly painful and sweet, never sentimental. (glossary) (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a hilarious, dryly solemn voice, Olivia tells of her friend Hal's attempt to get rid of his "sort-of stepfather." Read full book review >

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LONG STORY SHORT by Siobhán Parkinson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 21, 2011

"Without reason to trust Jono once his lies come to light, it's hard to care what happens to him. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
The first half of this intriguing but flawed tale from Ireland's first children's literature laureate is spellbinding. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2007

"An often-touching exploration of the variant ties between friends, and in families. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Irish narrator Mags has moved to a new town after her father's death. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING INVISIBLE by Siobhán Parkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2006

"Told with humor and insight, Jake's story should appeal particularly to quiet, sensitive kids. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In this thoughtfully crafted story, an engaging, overly analytical Irish boy learns the importance of family and friendship. Read full book review >

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THE THIRTEENTH ROOM by Siobhán Parkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2004

"Fresh, original, and carefully wrought: Parkinson's tale generates a true sense of foreboding and dread without falling into pathos or stepping into incoherence."
From Irish children's author Parkinson, a present-day gothic that takes us into a gloomy country house haunted by the memory of a dead child. Read full book review >

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SPELLBOUND by Siobhán Parkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Anemic despite the art and no match in scope or style for Marie Heaney's Names Upon the Harp, illustrated by P.J. Lynch (2000). (Folk tales. 10-13)"
Pretty pictures aren't enough to compensate for indifferent storytelling in this slender gathering of tales from a former Irish Children's Laureate. Read full book review >

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THE ENLIGHTENED MR. PARKINSON by Cherry  Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Parkinson's overall contributions to medicine may be trivial except for a name, but Lewis delivers an appealing, often gruesome account of the life of a workaholic, highly respected physician from a far-off time."
A biography of the doctor who first defined the "debilitating condition" that has become "one of the most familiar of all neurological disorders." Read full book review >

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GRACE by Kate Parkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"There is more than one way to shine on stage, as Grace happily attests. (Early reader. 2-6)"
Grace is just not graceful. Read full book review >

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TWISTED RIVER by Siobhán MacDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"A vacation studded with dark revelations that readers will relish."
Two families trade homes for the vacation of a lifetime, but there's grim baggage to unpack in this tricky debut thriller. Read full book review >

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THE YOUNG OXFORD BOOK OF THE MOVIES by David Parkinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 1998

"Nevertheless—and even though the information only goes through 1995 (the year Braveheart won Best Picture at the Academy Awards)—this will be an ideal volume for young adults dreaming about film school and a future in movie-making. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-13)"
Perhaps one of the most sweeping books for young readers on the subject, this exhaustive volume covers the history of movies, both technologically and artistically, all of the major genres, and all aspects of movie production. Read full book review >

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THE MAN UPSTAIRS by T.L. Parkinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 19, 1991

"This would make a truly scary movie: Are you listening, Polanski?"
An unusually disturbing first novel about newly divorced San Francisco hospital paper-pusher Michael West's psychosexual adventures among the tenants of his new building. Read full book review >

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ACROSS OPEN GROUND by Heather Parkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"A mature, strikingly voiced portrait of the American West."
A lyrical, lingering first novel, picturing the shape of the sky and the land, tells the story of Walter Pascoe, herding sheep in Idaho on the eve of WWI. Read full book review >