Search Results: "Stef Penney"


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THE INVISIBLE ONES by Stef Penney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"Penney gives her plot plenty of twists and saves the best for the end, with a truly unforeseen and unpredictable conclusion."
Perhaps one of the first novels involving a half-Gypsy as a detective. Read full book review >

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UNDER A POLE STAR by Stef Penney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"For a novel about 'blackmail, lies, murder,' it's rather light on the intrigue and heavy on the petting."
A woman attempts to throw off Victorian convention as an explorer—and a lover. Read full book review >

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THE TENDERNESS OF WOLVES by Stef Penney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2007

"Winner of the U.K. Costa Book of the Year award for 2006, a striking debut by a writer with tremendous command of language, setting and voice."
British filmmaker Penney sets her intriguing, well-wrought novel in a 19th-century Canadian farming community up-ended by the murder of a lone fur trapper. Read full book review >

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STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN by Jennifer Torres
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Once readers get past the drama, they'll cheer for Stef Soto, her family, and Tía Perla. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Debut novelist Torres delivers a light, touching novel about a seventh-grader, her first-generation family's food truck, and her tribulations at school. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

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Good-Bye Def Leppard by Stef Kramer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2008

"A captivating tale about growing up best suited for nostalgic members of Generation X."
In Kramer's debut novel, a middle-aged mother remembers falling into a complicated romance in the early 1990s. Read full book review >

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ELEVEN AND HOLDING by Mary Penney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Lively, funny, tender without being syrupy, and full of life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Since Macy's Iraq War-veteran father left the family to work on a "special project," it seems like nothing is really right in her life. Read full book review >

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CLIMATE WARS by Michael Penney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2017

"While this environmental tale delivers some forgettable characters, it creates a strong narrative with a lasting impression."
A novel focuses on eco-terrorism in the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

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WALKING AWAY FROM THE KING by Mike Penney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2014

"An exploration of radical movements and the people involved in them, with both action and insight in digestible doses."
From Penney (Behind the Gates with the 1%, 2012, etc.) comes a novel about a new psychedelic movement, its charming leader and the variety of people caught up in the details. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S BOOK OF FAIRY TALES by Ian Penney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Some of the appeal will be wasted on American children, but travelers, even of the armchair variety, might give it a go. (Picture book/folklore. 7-9)"
The Billy-Goats-Gruff, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and more of the usual suspects play out their tales on some of Great Britain's historic sites and estates: Stowe, the Giant's Causeway, Kedleston in Derby, the ``Bear's Hut'' on the grounds of Killeston, the garden tower at Cornwall's Trelissick, and Chirk Castle. Read full book review >

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LIVING IN ITALY: THE REAL DEAL by Stef Smulders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"An often funny, if sometimes-meandering, tour of Italian culture."
In this comedic memoir, a Dutch couple moves to the Italian countryside with hopes of opening a bed-and-breakfast. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF EVE by Shaun Penney
Released: Feb. 13, 2012

"An outlandish, sexually charged tale that might be too much for prim readers."
World War III, aka the "Medical Cold War," has left earth in a post-apocalyptic state where the female sex is dying out, creating a hellish environment for the last remaining women. Read full book review >