Search Results: "Tim Manley"


BOOK REVIEW

ALICE IN TUMBLR-LAND by Tim Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Not as poignant as Bill Willingham's Fables series, but a cool, PG-13 revisiting of classic stories. For readers who grew up with the Internet, they may strike a chord."
Fairy-tale princes and princesses get a postmodern makeover in this wry but slight reimagining. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF DONNA-MAY DEAN by Joey Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 1991

"Though sometimes slick—and though Keller's stories are not nearly the hoot Manley seems to think they are—this is an honest portrayal of not only small-town homosexuality but also of generational conflict."
A promising first novel that chronicles homosexual life in small-town Alabama—in particular, the coming of age of Jamie, who rejects the camp-riddled life of his storytelling mentor for realism. Read full book review >

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THE COCKFIGHTER by Frank Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Strong and fine."
Poet and storywriter Manley's (Within the Ribbons, not reviewed) debut novel—a rural father-son coming-of-ager—could easily have fallen prey to the maudlin and familiar, but it rises soaringly above both, thanks to its author's wonderful timing, eye, ear—and heart. ``The boy,'' as he's namelessly known, is almost 13, and his father, a raiser of fighting birds, has not only given his son the prize cock of the batch but has offered him his first chance to ``handle'' it in an actual cockfight. Read full book review >

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THE CRANE GIRL by Curtis Manley
Kirkus Star
adapted by Curtis Manley, illustrated by Lin Wang
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2017

"More from this team would be a welcome addition to folk-tale collections. (pronunciation guide, author's notes) (Picture book/folk tale. 4-10)"
A popular Japanese folk tale in which a crane pays back an obligation by becoming human is retold with an unusual ending and with haiku-sprinkled prose. Read full book review >

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SHAWN LOVES SHARKS by Curtis Manley
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 25, 2017

"Fun, quirky obsessions nurtured and celebrated. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Shawn knows just about everything there is to know about sharks, but friendship proves a little trickier to grasp in Manley and Subisak's collaboration. Read full book review >

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Resumes for Children 17 Years Old and Under by Donna Kristine Manley
Released: June 7, 2006

"An intriguing guide that asserts that it's never too early to start documenting one's talents and achievements."
According to Manley's debut collection, even 6-year-olds can begin shaping resumes for future success. Read full book review >

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THE SUMMER NICK TAUGHT HIS CATS TO READ by Curtis Manley
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"Young listeners of all stripes (and species) will enjoy this warmhearted celebration of literacy and imagination. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An enthusiastic reader teaches his two cats to appreciate books, though it takes extra effort to interest one of them in the endeavor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Grant Me Timely Grace by Tim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2010

"A moderately entertaining but wrongheaded Civil War thriller."
Loyalties are tested in Woods' (Never Trust a Hero, 2011, etc.) novel, set in Civil War-era Washington, D.C. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TRUE HOPE by Frank Manley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"The discoveries Manley makes in Al about hope and resilience are not only quietly credible, but also give a heat that fires all the characters, no matter how self-interested, with a common humanity and a flash of noble purpose."
Another poignant, psychologically probing tale from one of the brightest new lights of southern fiction: here, Manley borrows the name and mood of his debut novel (The Cockfighter, 1998) but is more concerned with finding the root of optimism in a man battered by death, prison, and betrayal. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO OWNED A CITY by O. T. Nelson
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Whether she merits it is a matter for discussion—but though this doesn't equal Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher's Fire-us series (not to mention Lord of the Flies) for credibility, the premise is a proven one for young audiences. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
Just as ideologically unsettling—and patchwork—as ever, Nelson's 1975 post-apocalyptic tale gets a noir graphic adaptation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IS THAT A CAT? by Tim Hamilton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Even the endpapers are in on the fun. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Will this series of mistaken identities have a happy ending? Read full book review >