Search Results: "Valerie O. Patterson"


BOOK REVIEW

OPERATION OLEANDER by Valerie O.  Patterson
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 5, 2013

"Although it deals with an important topic, this effort fails to fully live up to its potential. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Good intentions go horribly wrong when American soldiers dropping off donations at an Afghanistan orphanage are viciously attacked. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE by Valerie O.  Patterson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"While the heart of the story is true, uneven execution and overwriting keep this tale from hitting its mark. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Cyan travels with her artist mother to the Caribbean island of Curaçao, their yearly vacation destination and the place of her father's accidental death the year before. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Glib and entertaining."
Despite its catchy title, there's nothing intimate about this account, nor is it a history of the orgasm, but rather a superficial look at human sexual attitudes and behaviors over time and place. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALERIE SOLANAS by Breanne Fahs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"As Fahs portrays her, Solanas emerges less as 'a woman who detected a spirit of collective anguish' than as a woman destroyed by her own overpowering demons."
A sympathetic biography of a troubled and troubling woman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 2012

"An engaging, breezy portrait of an underappreciated boxing giant."
Meet the nicest boxer ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O by Anonymous
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"So who's Anonymous? Who cares? O is a worthy read, no matter who the author."
A gossipy, entertaining novel about presidential politics—and if this roman à clef got any more clef, it'd have to be printed on newsprint. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LEON PATTERSON by Gerald W. Haslam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"A well-researched, historically contextualized biography."
A compelling look at a fierce competitor who died at a young age. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

VALERIE AND THE SILVER PEAR by Benjamin Darling
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A warm, rather long realistic story, affectionately illustrated in watercolor and color pencil; a tasty-sounding recipe for pear pie is included. (Picture book/Young reader. 5-9)"
While Valerie helps Grandpa harvest his pears and make them into pies, as Grandma used to, he holds her interest with tales of the silver pear they're sure to find among the others—just as he and Grandma did each year. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O JERUSALEM by Laurie R. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 1999

"A bit thin as to plot—and sedate as to pace—but Holmes gets to strut his stuff now and again so fans of the series aren—t likely to complain."
Feisty Mary Russell and frosty Sherlock Holmes in a fifth adventure (The Moor, 1998, etc.)—this one retroactive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O CALEDONIA by Elspeth Barker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"But, still, this is an interesting debut, with some beautifully lyrical evocations of place and emotion."
A first novel of Brontâan intensity and Gothic nastiness from British writer Barker, who, in telling the story of an irrevocably doomed young woman, indicts Scottish life as well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

O JERUSALEM by Jane Yolen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"Otherwise, this is an uplifting companion to Karla Kuskin's Jerusalem, Shining Still (1987). (Poetry. 9-13)"
In honor of Jerusalem's upcoming 3000th anniversary, Yolen (Here There Be Witches, 1995, etc.) offers a series of poetic meditations on its history, people, and symbolic meaning. Read full book review >