Search Results: "Val Willis"


BOOK REVIEW

WILLIS by James Marshall
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 18, 1974

"Again the buoyant blimpiness of Marshall's open-hearted creatures is paralleled in the disarmingly goofy delivery of his message."
All that unhappy Willis, a sort of potbellied crocagator, needs to cheer him up is a pair of sunglasses so that he can open his eyes and take in the fun on the beautiful beach, but though his new friends Bird, Snake, and Lobster are eager to help, they can only come up with ten cents toward the 29¢ glasses. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2007

"An inviting, heartfelt look at a behind-the-scenes jazz guru."
The biography of a little-known jazz mover and shaker who, in his own quiet way, moved and shook the entire jazz world. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY IN THE BOTTLE by Val Willis
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1991

"Again, Shelley's imaginative, skillfully drawn illustrations—and especially his witty, detailed borders: comical extensions of the story and of the characters' inner lives—are outstanding. (Picture book. 4-9)"
Bobby Bell, endearing enfant terrible of The Secret in the Matchbox (1988), returns, his inventive curiosity still being mistaken for mischief. Read full book review >

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THE BEST OF CONNIE WILLIS by Connie Willis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2013

"Ranging from the hilarious to the profound, these stories show the full range of Willis' talent for taut, dazzling plots, real science, memorable characters, penetrating dialogue and blistering drama—and may guide inquisitive readers toward her equally accomplished and acclaimed novels."
Ten award-winning stories, 1982-2007, plus three equally well-regarded award acceptance speeches, from the much-celebrated author (All Clear, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE OLD WILLIS PLACE by Mary Downing Hahn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"Spooky, but with an underlying sweetness. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Diana and Georgie have been living wild, depending only on each other. Read full book review >

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WHO WANTS BROCCOLI? by Val Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Readers longing for a lid to their own pots, or with similarly challenging behaviors, will find comfort in Broccoli's tale. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The tricks that make a dog unadoptable in some people's eyes are just the ticket home for Broccoli. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Despite the wrenching shift in tone, a soulful exploration of the limits and consequences of familial control."
A family of evangelical Christians is derailed by a daughter's pregnancy. Read full book review >

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CROSS AND BURN by Val McDermid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"McDermid earns her customary high marks for planting clues, mastering procedural detail and maintaining suspense as the net closes. As usual, however, the endlessly fraught relationships among the continuing characters are the real draw."
The abrupt departure of DCI Carol Jordan leaves the Bradfield Metropolitan Police ill-equipped to deal with a killer whose targets bear a truly unsettling similarity to one another. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE SHADOWS by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"McDermid has handled the duel between serial killers and profilers better in The Mermaids Singing (1996)."
As Francis Blake leaves the Old Bailey, gleefully celebrating the dismissal of the charges against him for raping and murdering a young mother on Hampstead Heath while her two toddlers watched, neither Steve Preston of the Met nor his good friend, psychological profiler Fiona Cameron, is supposed to still be working the case. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >

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DEAD BEAT by Val McDermid
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 26, 1993

"Lacks pep, sizzle, not to mention good work ethics."
McDermid (Open and Shut, Report for Murder) introduces tough- minded Manchester, England, p.i. Read full book review >