Search Results: "Stephen Michael Shearer"


BOOK REVIEW

BEAUTIFUL by Stephen Michael Shearer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A dogged, basically factual tale of a Hollywood survivor."
In this proficient biography of the sultry, litigious Hollywood star, Las Vegas Review-Journal writer Shearer (Patricia Neal, 2006) takes pains to render a fair reevaluation of her acting. Read full book review >

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GLORIA SWANSON by Stephen Michael Shearer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An uneven, rushed-through life with occasional high notes."
A biography of Gloria Swanson (1899-1983), who was difficult, vain, arrogant and self-deluded, as well as shrewd, stylish and magnetic. She was, by her own account, "every inch and every moment a star." Read full book review >

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SKY RUN by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2014

"Wise and wonderful, this is the archetypal Hero's Journey laced with gentle satire. (Adventure. 10-14)"
A hero's tale set in an alternate world. Read full book review >

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THE MINISTRY OF GHOSTS by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 3, 2016

"Ghost-story fans won't be disappointed in the end, if they can slog that far through all the low-wattage civil-service satire. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
The threat of imminent shutdown prompts a small government agency to hire a pair of young independent contractors to capture a ghost in this British import. Read full book review >

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CANNED by Alex Shearer
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Readers with a taste for the bizarre and gross will find this tale most tasty. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This macabre mystery may make readers give up canned foods. Read full book review >

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THE CELESTIAL JUKEBOX by Cynthia Shearer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Perceptive and elegantly written, but the author describes a time and place more than she tells a story."
A downbeat and bumpy take on the New South as disparate characters strive to find happiness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEA LEGS by Alex Shearer
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Unfortunately, most readers won't much care. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A breathless, stream-of-consciousness first-person narrative voice, offbeat humor, and an oddly adult sensibility combine in a rambling adventure that may leave readers feeling as if they have just heard a very long shaggy dog tale. Read full book review >

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MILLI, JACK, AND THE DANCING CAT by Stephen Michael King
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2004

"There's a raft of picture books on the theme out there; with such examples as Peter H. Reynold's The Dot (2003) available, this stands as an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A parable of creativity fails to deliver enough story to hang its message on. Read full book review >

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MUTT DOG! by Stephen Michael King
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"If it lacks the mastery of Marc Simont's The Stray Dog (2001), it is still nicely satisfying in its own right. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A scruffy little street mutt finds a home in this small, sweet tale. Read full book review >

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EMILY LOVES TO BOUNCE by Stephen Michael King
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2003

"A dazzling blend of waggish humor and quixotic illustrations, this positively sparkles with the sheer buoyancy of Emily's high spirits. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An exuberant child bounds through her day in a style many adults will recognize. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YOU by Stephen Michael King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"Best for sharing one-on-one with someone special. (Picture book. 3-5)"
A charming yellow pup knows the world is full of color, music and exciting adventures, but the very best thing to him is "YOU," who is, in this case, his chum, a tiny orange bird. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SPECIAL KIND OF LOVE by Stephen Michael King
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

"The illustrations are endearingly soft and a bit sentimental, like the story itself. (Picture book. 3-7)"
There's more to this exploration of a father-son relationship than is suggested by the dreary title. Read full book review >