Search Results: "Tom McNeal"


BOOK REVIEW

CRUSHED by Laura McNeal
FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"Though the characters aren't particularly memorable, The Yellow Paper is a convincing plot device portraying the devastating effects of secrets and the resilience of people who have been crushed. (Fiction. YA)"
Audrey, Lea and C.C. are a tight-knit trio, having just transferred from an alternative private school to Jemison High. Read full book review >

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CROOKED by Laura McNeal
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

PLB 0-679-99300-2 In a story that sprawls over the thematic landscape, two teenagers are shaken by sudden family losses and menaced by a pair of genuinely scary hoodlums as they fumble their way toward intimacy. Read full book review >

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THE DECODING OF LANA MORRIS by Laura McNeal
FANTASY
Released: May 8, 2007

"A subtle yet complex, slightly surreal story about the power of wishing. (Fiction. YA)"
Sixteen-year-old foster child Lana Morris has a lot of wishes. Read full book review >

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GOODNIGHT, NEBRASKA by Tom McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Some honest, delicately formed moments here are tarnished by episodes of wildly outrageous plotting, from the playing-field Lazarus ploy to the tangential carving up of a gay Indian caught in flagrante by Goodnight's good old boys. (First printing of 30,000)"
The intensity of desperation in the American heartland marks this first novel by McNeal, as married life for a young Nebraska couple proves rocky, and even rockier for the bride's long-married parents. Read full book review >

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TOM by Daniel Torres
by Daniel Torres, translated by Julie Simmons-Lynch, illustrated by Daniel Torres
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Then again, this book is supposed to be about art, so maybe the words don't matter. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first book is a big tribute to New York City and a little satire about the superficiality of the public's taste in art, wrapped in a story about a dinosaur. Read full book review >

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ZIPPED by Laura McNeal
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 11, 2003

"The authors steer clear of moralizing, however, and wrap everything up in a most satisfying way. (Fiction. 13+)"
Mick Nichols has women problems. Read full book review >

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TOM by Lyle Leverich
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Affectionate and affecting, dense with arresting detail, likely to be definitive. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the New Yorker)"
Artistically and psychologically acute biography of the great American poet-playwright. Read full book review >

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TOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations; dePaola's handsomely designed illustrations have unusual warmth here, subtly expressing the characters' affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another autobiographical story from dePaola, this time about his grandfather, who ingenuously explains that "We're named after each other, Tommy. Read full book review >

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FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 11, 2013

"Readers who love spotting allusions will appreciate this intelligent book's robust vocabulary, its inclusion of French, German and Swedish words, and the real scholarship behind it. (Fantasy. 11-15)"
"Listen, if you will," whispers the ghost of Jacob Grimm to Jeremy Johnson Johnson and to the readers of this delightful, modern-day fairy tale. Read full book review >

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Tom Thorneval by Cornelius Elmore Addison
Released: Aug. 8, 2015

"A charming introduction to a world of fairy creatures, featuring a good-hearted narrator who grows into a better person."
In this fairy tale for middle-grade readers, a misfit dream maker goes on a quest for riches and finds himself on a completely different path toward self-worth. Read full book review >

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BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Tom's personal and professional relationships with Barnum make this biography a superb complement to Candace Fleming's The Great and Only Barnum (2009). (endnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
Long before the Internet, 24-hour news cycles and social networking, the 25-inch-tall General Tom Thumb was a household name in both the United States and Europe. Read full book review >