Search Results: "Toni B. McNeill"


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LUNA by Toni B. McNeill
Released: March 5, 2012

"Smooth prose and a suspenseful plot further improve this winning story about the rewards of perseverance."
A black Labrador dog named Alayna runs away from her family's campsite during a thunderstorm and gives birth to four puppies in McNeill's middle-grade novel. Read full book review >

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PRESS RELATIONS by Elisabeth McNeill
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Mild, aimless chitchat with murder tossed in toward the end, too little and too late."
A period idyll chronicling quasi-domestic life in an Edinburgh pressroom. Read full book review >

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ANCIENT ROMANS by Sarah McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1998

"The maps are good, and the text is concise, but there is little in these pages that isn't covered in a dozen other books. (maps, charts, diagrams, chronologies, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
A collection of snippets of information that offer an overview of ancient Rome, from its legendary founding by Romulus and Remus to the overrunning of the Empire by Goths, Huns, and Vandals. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CODFISH by J.D. McNeill
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"McNeill sensitively explores the difficulty of change in this impressive debut, whether it's the increasing scarcity of good fishing, or a father and son needing to move on with their lives. (Fiction. 10-15)"
A thoughtful and at times riveting story of a 15-year-old boy who hasn't spoken since his mother died in a boating accident seven years earlier. Read full book review >

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THE FACE by Daniel McNeill
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"But McNeill's thoroughness, wide-ranging research, and deft touch make for an engaging and revealing tale. (40 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
From ear to ear and including everything in between, a comprehensive, occasionally disproportionate, look at all things related to the human face. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1982

"As a survey of military history, though, it's a work of exceptional breadth."
In his Plagues and Peoples (1976) University of Chicago historian McNeill surveyed world history from the perspective of the influence of microparasites in human life and social organization; this much longer overview is based on "macroparasites"—i.e., other human beings. Read full book review >

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"A fair and stimulating look at an immensely gifted, immensely flawed figure."
The reputation of Arnold Toynbee—whose Study of History was called by Time magazine "the best available guide to the meaning of history and the destiny of humankind"—has over the intervening years slipped into a scholarly limbo. Read full book review >

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CAT NAP by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly, illustrated by Toni Yuly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Delightful pre-nap read-aloud fare. (Picture book. 1-3)"
When Cat agrees to play hide-and-seek with Kitten, he underestimates his relentless opponent. Read full book review >

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ALBERT GOES TO TOWN by Jennifer Jordan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"McNeill's illustrations, with a retro look and sparkling with color, are ideal. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Albert takes a mystery tour of his neighbor's backyard in this salute to the workings of imagination. Read full book review >

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FUZZY LOGIC by Daniel McNeill
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 1993

"This one, while fuzzy in details, at least serves to introduce readers to the concepts and a dazzling cast of characters."
The concept of fuzzy logic has been surfacing as the wave of the future on the business pages and in articles on Japan. Read full book review >

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NIGHT OWL by Toni Yuly
by Toni Yuly, illustrated by Toni Yuly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This charming exploration of sound words will stand up to repeat bedtime reads for young preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Yuly's latest, a companion to her debut, Early Bird (2014), introduces a young owl who's listening for his mommy's return.Read full book review >

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TERRACOTTA SMOKE by Toni Raben
Released: Feb. 26, 2011

"A bold, exhausting but highly rewarding experiment in stripping away the illusory world in search of only the most essential qualities of the human experience."
A carefully structured collection of abstract and conceptual poetry concerned with the nature of reality and relationships. Read full book review >