Search Results: "Theresa Smythe"


BOOK REVIEW

SNOWBEAR’S CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN by Theresa Smythe
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Though the story itself is simple, it actually conveys quite a few concepts: counting by ordinal numbers, the calendar and passage of time, and the process of preparing for an event through sequential steps. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Cut-paper collage is the artistic medium for this adroitly illustrated story of preparing for Christmas day by day throughout December. Read full book review >

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CHESTER'S COLORFUL EASTER EGGS by Theresa Smythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A sweet treat for an Easter basket or for sharing before decorating Easter eggs. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Little Chester is a charming bunny boy getting ready for an Easter egg hunt in this pleasant, thoughtfully designed story just right for younger preschoolers. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY VALENTINE by Tina Casey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Newcomer Smythe's color-shot, meticulous, cut-paper collage illustrations have a slapstick quality that keeps Victor's predicament from ever feeling too down and out. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Victor is a first-class valentine. Read full book review >

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TOAD HAS TALENT by Richard Smythe
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 7, 2017

"A well-meaning book is dragged down by its sad-sack hero. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Ah, talent shows. Dancing, acrobatics, contortion—the sky's the limit. Just add a frozen pond on a moonlit winter's night, and there are the makings of an extravaganza extraordinaire. Read full book review >

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WAY DOWN DARK by J.P. Smythe
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"In the end, this is just another in the overflowing 'violently plucky heroine' sci-fi genre, an amiable though not particularly interesting book. (Science fiction. 14-18)"
A British import with dystopian-blockbuster ambitions. Read full book review >

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THE EXPLORER by James  Smythe
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"Readers looking for character-driven fiction and prepared to forgive the ridiculous setting will be gratified; science fiction fans will not."
Space disaster yarn that bears only a nominal resemblance to science fiction, from the author of The Testimony (2012). Read full book review >

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THE ECHO by James  Smythe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Nicely written and thoughtful, but two more of these literary variations on a morbid theme may be far too much of the same for readers."
Dysfunctional…People…in…Spaaaace! For the second time in a projected four-book series, Smythe demonstrates why it's a bad idea to shut up virtual strangers in a tin can with an unclear directive. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A stronger authorial voice would have strengthened this book considerably."
Indomitable women, trapped in war. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A Horse Named Dog by Theresa Oliver
Released: Oct. 17, 2015

"A well-crafted middle-grade horse novel."
Oliver's (Write Now!, 2016, etc.) middle-grade novel tells the story of a boy's relationship with an unusual horse.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHIFT by Theresa Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An empathetic and absorbing narrative as riveting as a TV drama."
A registered nurse recounts a typical shift. Read full book review >

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LAST KNOWN ADDRESS by Theresa Schwegel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2009

"Schwegel (Person of Interest, 2007, etc.) can out-hard-boil the best of them, from Chandler to Connelly, and the intensity of her character's father complex rivals Ross Macdonald's. Few women writers can match her, and few men either."
A serial predator eludes a Chicago sex-crimes detective. Read full book review >

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COLD BLOOD by Theresa Monsour
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 10, 2004

"Stumbles as mystery, though it might work for readers who demand romance at any price."
Paris Murphy, of St. Paul Homicide, returns in a mystery as sudsy as her debut (Clean Cut, 2003). Read full book review >