Search Results: "Travis Nichols"


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FOWL PLAY by Travis Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Amusing to the point of provoking an inquiry. Really, it's the bee's knees. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Idioms get a run for their money in this good-humored and stimulating piece of wordplay from Nichols. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW MEETS THE MAN by Travis Nichols
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"A light-hearted tale of a likable kid trying to be cool and survive high school at the same time. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Fourteen-year-old Matthew Swanbeck takes on "The Man" in this humorous slice of high-school life. Read full book review >

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OFF WE GO INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER by Travis Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"A promising premise, but the experimental approach dulls much of the natural drama."
Nichols, an editor at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, wields a dramatically off-kilter viewpoint in his debut novel about wars and the men who fight them. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Geared to musicians with a passion for shredding, the work's coolest message is, 'You came to rock, so ROCK!' (Nonfiction. YA)"
In a breezy but firm tone, Nichols dispenses his message of what being in a self-made band is all about—definitely not a gig for conceited poseurs craving audience adoration. Read full book review >

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THE MORE YOU IGNORE ME by Travis Nichols
Released: June 11, 2013

"An experimental novel of obsession and violation that makes Nicholson Baker and Mark Leyner look positively banal."
A deeply unreliable narrator takes the form to the next level when he foists himself on the owners of a schlocky wedding blog. Read full book review >

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SANDRA NICHOLS FOUND DEAD by George V. Higgins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1996

"Fans will know exactly what to expect, and treasure it accordingly."
What would be an ordinary case for any other lawyer—the murder of thrice- (or maybe only twice-) married Sandra Nichols- -emerges at the far side of Higgins's looking glass in dazzlingly kaleidoscopic slabs of dialogue. Read full book review >

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DON'T MESS WITH TRAVIS by Bob  Smiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"A freewheeling political satire that does for politics what Texan Dan Jenkins' antic fictions did for golf and football. Smiley's first novel disproves the notion that conservatives can't be really funny."
In this debut novel, Ben Travis, a lowly state senator in Texas, has stumbled into the job of governor. Read full book review >

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TRAVIS AND THE BETTER MOUSETRAP by Deborah Dennard
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The evolutions of this tale are arbitrary and mechanically carried out; neither Dennard nor Burns, with her pale illustrations, settles into either pure fancy or droll matter-of-factness, but hovers somewhere in between. (Picture book. 5-8)"
When young Travis Jay MacArthur builds a super mechanical trap to eliminate his Aunt Millie's mouse problem, he is amazed to discover that it captures a ``Better Mouse''—a talking, bespectacled mouse almost as tall as he is. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"Think Mission: Impossible meets Gordon Korman's Son of the Mob (2002), with interwoven family issues providing just the right amount of ballast. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Hatching an ill-considered scheme to escape financial woes by striking it rich in Las Vegas, preteen best buds—one an extreme jock, the other an equally extreme geek—discover, in this breezy debut, that Vegas is nothing like Walla Walla. Read full book review >

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THE NINE LIVES OF TRAVIS KEATING by Jill MacLean
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 11, 2008

"Not a complicated tale, but not heavy-handed either. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A grieving middle-grader suffers repeated encounters with a vicious bully while finding both solace and allies in efforts to rescue a group of feral cats. Read full book review >