Search Results: "Siobhan Dowd"


BOOK REVIEW

A SWIFT PURE CRY by Siobhan Dowd
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 13, 2007

"Told through flowing eloquent prose, with strong Joycean influences, this engrossing and haunting tale will not let the reader go. (Fiction. YA)"
Fifteen-year-old Shell Talent's life has been spiraling downward. Read full book review >

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SOLACE OF THE ROAD by Siobhan Dowd
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"A last gift from Dowd. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Holly, a 15-year-old ward of the state, is placed with foster parents who, though they try very hard, can't break through the barrier she has constructed around herself, mostly to forget her early life with her uninterested mother. Read full book review >

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BOG CHILD by Siobhan Dowd
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 9, 2008

"Pitch-perfect in capturing the often futile struggles for the many victims of Irish independence over the millennia. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
This haunting, suspenseful novel follows the parallel stories of Fergus, facing the final high-school exams that will decide his future, and a murdered Iron Age "bog child" he names Mel after he discovers her well-preserved body in a peat marsh. Read full book review >

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THE LONDON EYE MYSTERY by Siobhan Dowd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"The message, grippingly delivered, is that kids, even differently abled ones, are worth paying attention to. (Fiction. 9-14)"
When Ted's cousin Salim visits London, he insists on riding "The London Eye," an immense observation wheel. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW DOWD
by Rhett Morgan

A political analyst with ABC news, the co-author of 2006’s Applebee’s America, and the former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney 2004 presidential campaign, Matthew Dowd has spent the last seven years ruminating on the current state of the country. Through his columns and TV appearances he sharpened his observations about leadership and what is lacking in that leadership, but it ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST BOY AND GIRL IN THE WORLD by Siobhan Vivian
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 26, 2016

"The almost-dystopian setting of post-flood Aberdeen makes a beautifully surreal setting, even if Keeley's journey can't quite carry the narrative. (Fiction. 13-16)"
When disaster strikes a working-class town, the class clown learns her coping mechanisms don't help anyone. Read full book review >

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GENIUS AT PLAY by Siobhan Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"While nonmathematicians may have trouble comprehending Roberts' mathematical achievements, they will enjoy this entertaining portrait of a charismatic genius."
A biography of the brilliant mathematician John Horton Conway (b. 1937). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Persuasive and provocative, and a fitting contribution to the commemoration of the Columbus legacy. (Eight b&w photos; three drawings.)"
A fresh and thorough review of the role of prophets and religion in Native American relations with Europeans and Americans during a critical period of contact. Read full book review >

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BURN FOR BURN by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"Readers will feel narratively whiplashed. (Fiction. 15-18)"
Revenge fantasies run riot (and disappointingly off the rails) in a new series from usually reliable experts Han and Vivian. Read full book review >

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ARE MEN NECESSARY? by Maureen Dowd
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Her heart's in the right place, but she really should get out more."
After sticking it to the administration in Bushworld (2004), New York Times Pulitzer-winner Dowd takes on the battle of the sexes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CRUMBLE! CRUMBLE! by Siobhan Dodds
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The simple narrative and repetitive text can't be said to possess incantatory qualities, but they do convey an instant familiarity, warmth, and mellow humor, as do Dodds's (Grandpa Bud, 1993) earth-toned, cartoon illustrations. (Picture book. 1-4)"
This sturdy book designed for toddlers comes with an equally sturdy story about a young kangaroo that skips the most important meal of the day and is haunted by the absence of food in her belly. Read full book review >

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ASHES TO ASHES by Jenny Han
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Whittled down to a stand-alone, this might have been a classic of so-bad-it's-goodness. Instead, the series ends as it began: a tedious, overstuffed mess. (Paranormal suspense. 15-18)"
Supernatural and real-life drama collide in a revenge fantasy run amok. Read full book review >