Search Results: "Tracey Porter"


BOOK REVIEW

LARK by Tracey Porter
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 24, 2011

"Harrowing. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
After the rape and murder of a suburban 16-year-old, two girls learn to cope in a world that stubbornly insists on continuing without her. Read full book review >

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A DANCE OF SISTERS by Tracey Porter
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"The references to New York companies and schools are out of date and too esoteric for most readers, though budding Delias will probably not mind. (Fiction. 12-14)"
In this story of family dysfunction, two sisters attempt in very different fashions to cope with the death of their mother. Read full book review >

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BILLY CREEKMORE by Tracey Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Learning what makes life worth living and how to cope during a time when child labor seemed to be expected gives this historical narrative impact and charm. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Billy's voice is distinct and engaging as he relates his story of being left as an orphan at the Guardian Angel Home for Boys, even though he gets postcards from his father regularly. Read full book review >

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PLENTY PORTER by Brandon Noonan
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: May 1, 2006

"This first novel occasionally has the feel of a writing exercise, but it is also smooth and compelling reading for long stretches, even if the end doesn't adequately match the beginning and middle. (Fiction. YA)"
Plenty Porter is the youngest of 11 children ("eleven is plenty," said her parents) in rural Illinois, in this story told mostly in the first person in the years 1952-53 as Plenty approaches and then turns 13. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BILLY CREEKMORE by Tracey Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2007

"Learning what makes life worth living and how to cope during a time when child labor seemed to be expected gives this historical narrative impact and charm. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Billy's voice is distinct and engaging as he relates his story of being left as an orphan at the Guardian Angel Home for Boys, even though he gets postcards from his father regularly. Read full book review >

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TREASURES IN THE DUST by Tracey Porter
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1997

"But the real legacy is spirit and heart amidst hardship, which readers, are sure to appreciate. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Set during a severe 1930s drought and recalling the ambience and incidents of The Grapes of Wrath, this Dust Bowl novel chronicles the plights of two families, told from the points of view of two best friends who narrate alternating chapters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLE PORTER by William McBrien
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"McBrien obviously appreciates and loves his subject, but his book lacks two things needed to convey Porter's essence: wit and rue. (72 illustrations, not seen)"
A comprehensive biography that ultimately seems rather like a 400-page Cole Porter song list. Read full book review >

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THE LOST LUGGAGE PORTER by Andrew Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Stringer's third adventure (The Blackpool Highflyer, 2007, etc.) has the same engaging voice and lively splashes of historical color as his others."
An eager young railroad detective goes undercover. Read full book review >

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MR. PORTER AND THE BROTHERS JONES by Margaret Reinhold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite its few plotting flaws, a curiously satisfying little work."
A short, quirky debut novel, not altogether convincing at times but certainly original. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DEATH OF JAYSON PORTER by Jaime Adoff
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"As Jayson comes back to life, readers can't help but wish the turnaround had been more realistic. (Fiction. YA)"
Abuse coupled with the death of a friend drives a teen over the edge and toward a new life. Read full book review >