Search Results: "Susan Mathias Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BOOFORD SUMMER by Susan Mathias Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"A write-by-numbers novel. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Booford is the dog who just moved into the house across the street from ten-year-old Hayley Larken. Read full book review >

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OUT AT NIGHT by Susan Arnout Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 2009

"In the end, you have to wonder why Bartholomew was so eager to summon a 'hotshot investigator' whose distinctiveness, like that of so many contemporary fictional sleuths, lies less in her remarkable deeds or abilities than in the perils that befall her."
Forensic biologist Grace Descanso's sophomore outing brings her up against a plan to adulterate the world's soy crops. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW'S DRAGON by Susan Cooper
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 30, 1991

"Thoroughly satisfying. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A nifty variant on the theme of a bedtime adventure with a fabulous friend. Read full book review >

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THE BOY WITH THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART by Mathias Malzieu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2010

"'I'm a human gimmick,' confesses Jack, 'who wishes he could ditch the special effects.' The author should have ditched them too."
First the broken heart, then love, in this reverse-sequence fantasy about a medical freak, French musician/novelist Malzieu's first U.S. publication. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A comprehensive, detail-oriented guide to digital cinematography."
Mathias (Electronic Cinematography, 1985) offers perennial strategies for digital filmmaking in this guide.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE LAND, TWO STATES by Mark LeVine
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2014

"A visionary approach so daring that it could actually work."
A coterie of bold, open-minded international academics offers a fresh paradigm for Israeli-Palestinian coexistence. Read full book review >

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STREET OF THIEVES by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Énard writes passionately about Lakhdar's movement from innocence to experience, and the novel's various settings all ring depressingly true."
A coming-of-age story that plays out across a contemporary landscape of the Arab Spring and other social uprisings. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUTH ABOUT POOP by Susan E. Goodman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"The Encyclopedia of Everything Nasty, illustrated by Terry Sirrell (2000). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
Declaring that "it's time take poop out of the closet," Goodman plops factual pellets from human and natural history alike into topical chapters covering dung's nature; production; varieties; uses in love, war, and, yes, sports; the development of flushing toilets (pointedly scrubbing the myth that Thomas Crapper was solely responsible); toilet paper; and urban waste reclamation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIMER GAME by Susan Arnout Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"The artificial premise and horror-movie clues keep things moving, but by the bloody, booming climax, there's little reason to care."
In Smith's debut, a children's game turns into a deadly chase as a compromised mother must uncover old sins to save her daughter's life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 21, 2012

"A powerful story of one man's experience within a cult."
In this slim, shocking work of nonfiction, debut co-authors Hardeman and Oglesby expose the horrors perpetrated upon a congregation in Atlanta. Read full book review >

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DANNY AND THE KINGS by Susan Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Something different, and very nice, for the Christmas collection. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the renowned author of The Dark is Rising series, a Christmas tale in which the Three Kings, in the guise of truck drivers, bring a Christmas tree to a poor family: a gentle story of fraternal affection and childlike faith, with the miraculous ending diminished not an iota by the trailer park and truckstop setting. Read full book review >

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FASHIONING A FRIENDSHIP
by Leila Roy

I sat back and considered my words. They had to be enough to get me in. After all, I alluded to the loss of my mom without mentioning any of the désagréables details, and I talked about the constant moving without getting into the foster homes and the times we’ve lived in the car. I think it is best not ...
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